News from Southern Africa (March 2010)

South African company removes barriers to emissions reporting:Southern Africa
Despite the failure of the climate change conference in Copenhagen to achieve a binding treaty around carbon emission reductions, a South African company, sustainableIT has just developed, which now allows companies, irrespective of size, to measure and report on emissions through validated processes. See for details.

DBSA Partners Finland on renewable energy and energy efficiency development in Southern Africa
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Finland have entered into a partnership that will see about R89 million injected into renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Southern and Eastern African countries. Read more on

IMF’s Multi-billion Dollar ‘Green Fund’ on the Way to Assist Developing Countries
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Managing Director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, announced that the IMF is working on a proposal for a multi-billion dollar “green fund” to assist developing countries in dealing with the effects of climate change. See for further details …

SA to Select RE IPPs by Q3
Renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) are set to be selected in South Africa by Q3 of this year to help meet the country’s target of 10,000 GWh of RE by 2013, according to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) Thembani Bukula. Read more on…

Namibia’s Climate Change Adaptation Program
Namibia has moved to become one of the first African countries to launch a climate change adaptation program. Supported by the UNDP, the Namibia Africa Adaptation Project (NAM-AAP) will attempt to create long-term systems to manage climate change risks and opportunities. Read more…

World Cup’s First RE-Sponsored Company Partners with SportsMark
The first Chinese company to seal a global sponsorship deal with FIFA, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Ltd., which holds the brand Yingli Solar, appointed SportsMark Management Group, a global sports marketing, corporate hospitality, and event management company, to develop Yingli’s sponsorship activation platform and corporate hospitality program for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Read more…

Dassault Partners with Optimal Energy for RE Car
Dassault Systèmes (DS), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that Optimal Energy, South African car manufacturer, will develop Joule, Africa’s first battery-powered vehicle, with the DS V6 solutions. Optimal Energy will rely on Dassault Systèmes CATIA and ENOVIA V6 for product design and data management. With the objective to transform the face of the urban transportation landscape with a dynamic, “real world” electric vehicle, Joule boasts ample room space, a top speed of 135 km/h and a nominal range of 300km on a single charge. Read more…

eSolar Inc. expands to Southern Africa
In October, eSolar partnered with Clean Energy Solutions (CES) in order to expand operations in sub-Sahara Africa resulting in eSolarSA, Inc. The agreement gave CES the exclusive rights to represent and distribute eSolar’s concentrating solar power (CSP) technology throughout the region – including South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. Read more…

World Bank Stands behind Eskom
Despite criticism, the World Bank continues to defend its proposed $3.75 billion loan to South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom. The loan is set to aid the utility in its efforts to continue its R385 billion expansion program. However, the capital infusion looks more like a bailout package similar to that of the US Federal Reserve attempting to save the US economy from complete collapse. And so far, the US version of a bailout didn’t come without complications as more funding had to be given to various sectors (mortgage sector, bond insurers, and government sponsored enterprises) to keep the market afloat. Read more…

SA seeks to make virtue of necessity with green-industries plan
The South African government has given strong signals that the country’s energy intensity is no longer sustain-able and has started to outline its low-carbon-economy vision. To be sure, the move has as much to do with the prevailing electricity imbalances as it does with any international trends or pressures relating to climate change, or aspirations to exploit the so-called ‘green job’ possibilities. In other words, the programme is, arguably, a policy attempt at making virtue of necessity. Read more…


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