2013 African Policy Makers – Energy and Environment Workshop
||Oct 09, 2013
||Oct 11, 2013
||George Hotel, Tshwane
||The 2012 PEW Foundation report ‘Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race’ it is noted that investment in South Africa’s renewable energy sector grew 20,500 percent between 2011 and 2012, making South Africa the fastest growing renewable energy market among the world’s G-20 nations and the 9th highest recipient of renewable energy investment overall.
Thus, at a time when the country is emerging as a global leader in renewable energy technology diffusion, it is all the more appropriate that local, national, and continental policy makers are aware of the processes that have been taken for South Africa to arrive at this point, and to assess how these lessons learned can be shared with policy makers in other regions of the continent and beyond toward the establishment of continental good practice in the development of energy and environment related policies and programmes to promote the region’s overall economic development.
To support this effort, the Tshwane University of Technology Centre for Energy and Electric Power, with sponsorship support from the City of Tshwane and the South African national energy company, Eskom, has put together an important knowledge event to support policy creation capacity development for the country and continent’s energy and environment policy makers.
The aim of the conference is to create awareness around energy and the environment and to build capacity and awareness among African government officials and political office holders in government institutions that develop policy and programmes in the area of energy, electric power and the environment, and to discuss how the energy sector interacts with, and has an impact upon, the environment
Today, a number of power sources, particularly renewable energy options, are being promoted as important alternative energy sources given their low carbon output and distributed power potential. However, accelerating and integrating these independent power sources into traditional energy generation programmes in Africa requires policy development, regulatory evolution and significant financial and technical resource mobilization. Equally importantly, successful deployment of such technologies involves public, private sector and often civil society collaboration.
This year’s Energy and the Environment Workshop focuses on the important roles that non-state actors can and must play in Africa to support the identification, adoption, and diffusion of environmentally friendly energy resources and technologies and in support of the development of local skills and capacity to maintain and sustain the deployment of such technologies.
As knowledgeable policy advocates, innovative project and programme developers, human capacity development partners and early adoption risk takers, the private sector in Africa and civil society organizations such as industry associations, environmental institutions and not-for-profit institutions have been important catalysts for policy adoption, in fast tracking efforts to mobilize available continental and global funds for innovation, and coming up with “game changing” applications and implementation programmes to deploy new energy resources within Africa, and more broadly around the world.
Selected speakers who will be presenting during the 2013 Workshop include:
• Executive Mayor: City of Tshwane, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa
• Estherine Fotabong, Programme Manager, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, African Union
• Brian Otiende, Climate Change Coordinator, East African Community
• Ronald Chauke, Head of Department of Regulatory Reform, National Energy Regulator of South Africa
• Debbie Roets, Executive Director, African Forum of Utilities Regulators
• Paula Jackson, President, American Association of Blacks in Energy
• Godwell Nhamo, Programme Manager Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change Institute for Corporate Citizenship, University of South Africa
• Sifiso Ntombela, Senior Economist: Trade:Market and Economic Research Centre, South Africa National Agricultural Marketing Council
• Michael Sudarkasa, Project Manager, South Africa Solar Energy Technology Roadmap
• Ntombikanina Malinga, CEO, Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association
• Farai Kanonda, Senior Financial Analyst, Regional Manager – Sustainable Energy 4 All, African Development Bank
• Jason Nagy, Africa Business Development Manager, US Trade and Development Agency
• Theuns van Aardt, CEO, KDCo • Dorah Nteo, Chief Sustainability Specialist, City of Tshwane
• Cynthia Chow, Research Engineer, Institute of Information Industry, Taiwan
• Marlett Balmer, Senior Energy Advisor, South Africa – Germany Energy Programme
• Helmut Hertzog, Sector Development Manager, Green Cape
• Eng. Matthew Mattiwimbi , Executive Director, Tanzania Renewable Energy Association
• Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
• Prof. Hasan Crockett, Academic Provost, Wilberforce Community College
• Prof. Theo Bhengu: Director Special Projects – Green Projects, Tshwane University of Technology
• Prof. Wikus van Niekirk, Director, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, University of Stellenbosch
• Thomas Roos, Solar Thermal Specialist, SA Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and SolarPaces
• David Kramer, CEO, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
• Zaid Shopeju, Executive Director, Youth Vision Alliance Network (Nigeria)
• Forget Chinomona, Vice-President, Global Young Greens (Zimbabwe)
• Gideon Potgeiter, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Corporation
In addition to the workshop plenary and breakaway sessions, this year’s event will also feature a unique “Energy and Environment Project Design and Implementation Master Class” intended for both public sector and private sector energy and environment project developers and managers.
Day three of the event will feature a site tour to TUT CEEP’s manufacturing centre and solar technology testing centre. The last component of the workshop will be the 2nd annual Youth and Energy and the Environment Forum discussing the important role that young people play in this environment and showcasing various initiatives within South African and elsewhere in Africa that constitute good practice.
Fees for the Workshop are R2500 for all three days, and R1000 for the Master Class alone.
For more information on the Workshop and for registration information, please contact:
Prof. Josiah Munda, Director, TUT CEEP Tel: 27 12 382 4824 or via email@example.com
Ms. Machelane Sinthumele , Events Coordinator, TUT Tel: 27 12 382 4450 or via SinthumuleM@tut.ac.za
||Africa Business Group