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Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) – low carbon growth strategy South Africa

The World Bank’s ESMAP is assisting in the implementation of South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenario. Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) has many similar programs around the world, a list is available on their website.


The South Africa study focuses on building capacity for energy efficiency and demand-side management solutions. By providing a platform of international experiences and best practices, the study explores approaches and mechanisms that enable policy and regulatory frameworks, identify institutional arrangements, explore financing mechanisms to help cope with the energy crisis.

South Africa’s study funded an international peer review of the Long-Term Mitigation Scenario. The top mitigation priorities were identified as:

  • industrial energy efficiency,
  • renewable energy,
  • nuclear energy,
  • modal shift through improved public transportation, and
  • improved vehicle efficiency.

As a result, South Africa aims to de-carbonize the power sector by 2050 and steps are being taken to scale up renewable energy with government targets of 4% of electricity demand being met with renewable energy resources by 2013.

Eskom, South Africa’s public electricity utility, plans to install solar water heating for 1 million households and businesses to reduce peak demand. Furthermore, South Africa is supporting feed-in tariffs for renewable energy.

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