Building Consensus for Net Zero Carbon Buildings in South African Cities

This Situation Brief outlines the Status Quo of achieving net zero carbon building targets in South Africa. It considers the importance of net zero carbon buildings, the positions of international and local organisations and the progress made towards net zero carbon buildings in South Africa. Finally, it identifies key gaps that must be dealt with in order to develop consensus on the pathway towards NZC Buildings in South Africa. (Gardner, 2020).


City of Cape Town Electric Vehicle Tariff Briefing Note

This briefing note, funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), represents an initial investigation into a potential electricity tariff structure for electric vehicles (EVs) for the City of Cape Town. It draws on international experience and local knowledge, concerns and expectations based on a review of literature and targeted interviews. This note provides recommendations for taking the discussion further but does not propose a specific tariff structure. Further development of the City’s EV strategy (in the form of the EV Framework) is needed to clarify the City’s objectives that will inform the most appropriate EV tariff.


Auditing for Energy Efficiency: Students Conduct Energy Audits in Polokwane

This case study is a summary of a partnership between SA-LED, Polokwane municipality and local Capricorn Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in supporting capacity of students to conduct energy audits. Polokwane municipality was able to identify potential areas for energy efficiency interventions and calculate the associated cost savings.


Low and Middle Income Rooftop PV Approaches Discussion Paper

Covers the case study assessments, socio-economic profiling, and financial cost-benefit analyses undertaken as part of a feasibility study regarding small-scale embedded generation rollout in mid- and low-income households in South Africa. (Urban-Econ, Sustainable Energy Africa and Sustainability Institute Innovation Lab, 2018)


Exploring the challenges and niche innovations of energy service delivery in urban South Africa: An overview of seven cities

This paper provides an overarching overview and analysis of the innovations within energy service delivery in 7 of South Africa’s key urban centres, notably its metros and secondary cities, where majority of South Africa’s population reside. The paper broadly assesses the extent of change underway that may have contributed to innovation in the urban energy systems taking place, the challenges affecting implementation that need to be addressed going forward and the possible contributions of the innovations to greening the South African economy (Reddy and Wolpe, 2018).