South Africa: South African delegation is learning from Danish experiences on energy efficiency
Denmark has since 2013 been assisting South Africa in decoupling its economic growth from an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through increased deployment of effective policies and low carbon technologies. A significant part of the three-year Danish-South African energy programme is focusing on the development of a National Strategy for energy efficiency including measures to lower the energy consumption in buildings, households, industry, public sector and transport.
Seeing is believing
As part of the cooperation on energy efficiency a South African delegation of ten participants from Department of Energy, -Public Works, -Environment, National Treasury, South African National Energy Development Institute, ESKOM (the South African electricity public utility) and Gauteng Province visited Denmark from the 19-23 October to learn more about Danish experiences from government, industries, municipalities, knowledge- and financial institutions. The delegation started in the Danish Energy Agency where the Vice Director, Kristoffer Böttzauw welcomed the delegation and started the good dialog together with chiefs advisors from the Danish Energy Agency and the International Energy Agency. Afterwards they visited among others the Danish Technological Institute, DI, Danish Energy Association, State of Green, Danfoss, Global Green Growth Forum, Energinet.dk, Project Zero and Albertslund municipality, IFU and completed their visit with a workshop at the Danish Energy Agency together with Danish Energy Management.
See the full program here and the presentations in the right side.
A common vision
The interaction during the visits and presentations were very good. The delegation was very satisfied with the knowledge exchange and it will be used in the further formulation and implementation process of the strategy.
“We have learnt the importance of having a common vision across government, the public sector and the private sector. Our observation is that all cross Denmark both industry, municipalities and the government highlight the same goals when it comes to energy efficiency as well as energy security in general, South Africa is very focused on the opportunities within energy efficiency as part of its climate change commitments as well as prevailing electricity supply challenges.”
- says Xolile Mabusela, Director of Energy Efficiency in the South African Department of Energy.
Energy efficiency is a tool towards increased security of supply
South Africa is currently going through a critical energy crisis. Since 1994, the share of the population that has gained access to electricity and gas increased from 34% to 88%, which has increased the demand of electricity and put the generation of electricity under huge pressure. As a result, South African households and business’ frequently experience electricity black-outs during peak hours, which is having a significant negative effect on the South African economy.
South Africa is soon to renew its 2005 Energy Efficiency Strategy with a new post 2015-2030 strategy, which will play a crucial role in lowering the energy consumption of the country in order for the demand to match the installed energy capacity and to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Denmark has successfully been able to lower energy consumption in buildings with 40% since 1975 and has in the last ten years reduced energy consumption in industry with more than two percent every year. These energy efficiency improvements have been crucial for the Danish energy transition towards lowering carbon emissions and have assisted the deployment of renewable energy throughout the country. It is these lessons that Denmark now is sharing with the South African Government.