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Cleaner Energy Cooler Climate

Developing sustainable energy solutions for South Africa

Harald Winkler

Format240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
ISBN 100-7969-2230-6
ISBN 13978-07969-2230-4
Publish Year2008
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Energy and climate change are issues of critical importance for shaping a sustainable future, both in South Africa and globally. For South Africa, finding a policy approach which balances the increasing demand for energy with the need for sustainability, equity and climate change mitigation is a particular challenge. This book provides an innovative and strategic approach to climate policy, with local development objectives as its starting point.

Through energy modelling, indicators of sustainable development and policy analysis, Harald Winkler builds a rich and detailed case study illustrating how a development-focused approach to energy and climate policy might work in South Africa. Moreover, with recent record-setting global crude oil prices, this book points out that making energy supply and use more sustainable is a central challenge in South Africa's future development path.

An energy researcher, IPCC author (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and a member of the South African delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Winkler offers a nuanced examination of where the synergies and trade-offs lie, and makes clear the imperative of considering long-term implications when meeting short-term needs.

Abbreviations, acronyms and units

1. Introduction

  • Energy, sustainable development and climate change in South Africa
  • Outline of the book

2. Sustainable development, energy and climate change

  • Working definition of sustainable development
  • Energy for sustainable development
  • Sustainable development and climate change
  • Sustainable development paths as an approach to mitigation
  • Conclusion

3. Starting from development objectives

  • The broader context
  • The policy environment in the energy sector
  • The role of electricity in development
  • Economic and institutional aspects
  • Social dimensions and the residential sector
  • Environmental impacts
  • Conclusions: Comparing and assessing

4. Options for energy policy

  • Affordable access to electricity
  • Energy governance - to privatise or not?
  • Managing energy-related environmental impacts
  • Economic development and instruments
  • Securing electricity supply through diversity
  • Conclusion

5. Modelling energy policies

  • Focus of policy modelling
  • Drivers of future trends and key assumptions
  • The base case
  • Overview of policy cases
  • Residential energy policies
  • Electricity supply options
  • Conclusion

6. Assessing the implications of policies

  • Residential energy policies
  • Electricity supply options
  • Conclusion

7. Indicators of sustainable development

  • Sustainable development indicators
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Social
  • Comparisons and conclusions

8. Developing sustainable energy for national climate policy

  • Implementing sustainable residential energy policies
  • Choosing electricity supply options for sustainability
  • Options for South Africa's mitigation policy

9. Implications for international climate change negotiations

  • Proposals on the future of the climate regime
  • Sustainable development policies and measures
  • Would SD-PAMs make a difference?
  • The future of the climate change framework

10. Conclusion

About the Author/s

Dr Harald Winkler is Programme Leader for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. Dr Winkler is also lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III for the Fourth Member of the South African delegation to the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is a member of the International Society of Ecological Economics and was a member of the Standards Advisory Board of the WWF Carbon Label for CDM projects 2002 - 2005.


Extract from review by Randall Spalding-Fecher in Climate Policy 9 (2009) pp. 334–336:

"At the launch of Harald Winkler's latest book, South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, introduced the work by saying, 'there are two types of academics: one that takes simple ideas and makes them sound very complicated, and the other that takes complex ideas and explains them in a way that is simple to understand. Professor Winkler is one of the latter.' Winkler has demonstrated this in his new book, which sets out to answer the question of whether national energy policies that both promote local sustainable development and also reduce greenhouse gases can make a major contribution to climate change mitigation, using South Africa as a case study. This analysis could not come at a more appropriate time, when the international climate change negotiations, and in particular the role that actions by developing countries will play in the overall climate agreement architecture, are at the centre of international politics and economic policy."

Extract from review by Roberto Schaeffer (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) in Energy Policy 2009:

"Cleaner Energy Cooler Climate: Developing Sustainable Energy Solutions for South Africa is a book by University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre professor Harald Winkler that provides a very innovative and strategic approach to climate policy, with local development objectives as its starting point. The main idea of this book was first introduced by the South African delegation as a Working Paper in the Convention Dialogue of the UNFCCC negotiations in November 2006, with Harald Winkler being one of its authors (UNFCCC, 2006). The book is a great read for anyone interested in the sustainable development and climate change debates, and how they interact with each other. Although South Africa, the home country of the author is used as a case study, the implications of the ideas presented in his work spread far beyond the African continent."

Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Vice Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and co-laureate 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change

"Recently, significant progress has been made in integrating climate change policies into sustainable development strategy, and Harald Winkler's book is an excellent example that applies this promising approach to both energy policy in South Africa and global climate negotiations. This clear and concise volume is a must-read for students, researchers, negotiators and policymakers looking for practical solutions."

Professor Anton Eberhard, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

"South Africa faces intractable and complex choices around energy investments that will restore supply security without further prejudicing environmental sustainability. Professor Harald Winkler makes a seminal contribution to this debate through quantifying the options and providing evidence-based reasoning and conclusions."

Professor Emilio La Rovere, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,and Director, SouthSouthNorth mitigation team

"Contrary to the prevailing view in the North, developing countries are already contributing much to curb the build-up of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global climate change. This book shows how South Africa can embark on a climate-friendly sustainable development path, carefully examining a number of energy supply and demand options."



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