Climate change and the need to move towards renewable forms of energy have long been at the forefront of both global and national agendas. Dominant discourses on climate change focus on two areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.
Many South Africans are confronted by the challenge of energy poverty. These citizens do not have sufficient access to safe, reliable and affordable energy. This socio-economic challenge is prevalent in rural areas where most of the impoverished population resides. The usage of safe energy sources is very minimal in these localities, and community members do not have sufficient income to obtain the required levels of energy security.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung foundation has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Initiative to address energy poverty in rural areas. This will be done through the facilitation of an action dialogue with various participants from various organizations. Participants will be drawn from government, academia, NGOs and the business sector. The main objective of the dialogue is to create pragmatic and accessible interventions for introducing renewable energy solutions in rural areas.
Over the past couple of years, South Africa adopted various policy measures to promote the development of renewable energy and other low-carbon and sustainable technologies, mainly driven by a concern to reduce emissions by more than 30 per cent by the beginning of the next decade and to make low carbon sources of energy a substantial part of the total energy mix. The MISTRA research project on which this book is based set out to investigate and understand the low-carbon path undertaken by South Africa in its drive to mitigate emissions and make low-carbon sources of energy a substantial part of the total energy mix.
National Planning Commission (NPC) commissioner Tasneem Essop has highlighted a growing global movement against the continued use of coal as a source of energy, telling a panel discussion on Monday that South Africa’s coal-fired power station build programme and continued reliance on fossil fuels was, to some extent, the result of the entrenchment of the interest of large mineral resources firms in government.
The aim of the Feminist Table workshops is to explore different aspects of the environmental crisis from a feminist perspective. It involves ‘dialogic learning’ in the sense of creating a shared and safe space in which women, from mainly grassroots organisations, can share their experiences, deepen their understanding and develop their collective strength.