The EPD team at the ERC, together with a range of stakeholders made a submission to the National Planning Commission with regards to access to energy services in the National Planning Document. This submission was borne out of a meeting of stakeholders was held by Pasasa and Sanedi in May 2012 which discussed issues around safe household energy usage in South Africa and the lack of an integrated framework or strategy for access to energy in South Africa.
This meeting of stakeholders had three overarching goals:
- To bring household energy use into the forefront of the policy agenda;
- To identify the gaps in current policy and the challenges regarding the impact of development and urbanization, energy access for rural and/or informal communities, energy supply, efficiency and safety and;
- To suggest best practices and recommendations for a national household energy strategy and policy.
Institutions present at the meeting who contributed to the submission included:
- Sustainable energy Technology and Research (SeTAR) Centre, University of Johannesburg;
- South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) of the Central Energy Fund (CEF);
- Energy Research Centre (ERC) from University of Cape Town;
- The Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa (PASASA);
- National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS);
- The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA).
“This submission [to the NPC] is based on a summary of presentations, discussions and on the outcomes of a “Panel of Experts” on the importance, challenges and benefits associated with developing an integrated household energy policy/strategy for South Africa. The intention of this process is to reduce ‘energy poverty’, improve affordability, reduce the strain on the national electricity grid, address the impacts of climate change and safety and create crucial jobs within the energy sector and South Africa more widely. There is agreement that a significant gap exists in the integration of current initiatives and policy developments relating to household energy.”
Download the NPC submission document here: Submission to NPC on HH Energy.