A user-friendly interface for South Africa’s Mitigation Potential Analysis

Main sectors: MINING, ENERGY and CLIMATE CHANGE, INDUSTRY, MANUFACTURING, TRANSPORT, URBAN SYSTEMS, AGRICULTURE Client: Department of Environmental Affairs Problem Statement: Planning for economy wide mitigation of greenhouse gases requires an in-depth understanding of the individual mitigation options, including the volume of greenhouse gases that they are able to reduce and by when, the capital and operating costs associated with their implementation and the impacts of implementing them on the economy of the country. In 2014 the Department of Environmental Affairs commissioned a study of these options which came to be known as the Mitigation Potential Analysis (MPA). This study was commissioned by the Department to convert the spreadsheet-based MPA into a user-friendly modelling system which they can easily update as new information becomes available. The study also sought to update certain components of the model where new information was readily available. The Green House approach: The Green House chose to use Analytica as the platform on which to build this...Read More >

The climate change mitigation technology plan for South Africa

Main sectors: ENERGY and CLIMATE CHANGE, INDUSTRY, TRANSPORT, URBAN SYSTEMS, MANUFACTURING AND RETAIL Client: Department of Environmental Affairs Problem Statement: The Department of Environmental Affairs is tasked with accelerating the uptake of greenhouse gas mitigation technologies in South Africa. This study was commissioned by the Department with the aim of identifying key barriers to the uptake of a selection of mitigation technologies, and proposing actions to overcome these barriers. The Green House approach: The Green House, in conjunction with partners DNA Economics, conducted an extensive review and analysis of existing policy experience with respect to the target technologies’ roll out in order to document the status quo. An extensive stakeholder engagement process was undertaken to gather experience on barriers from individual role players, and to obtain their views on how these can be overcome. Outcomes: The findings from the analysis were compiled into a report which provides a set of recommendations for actions which DEA and other government departments can...Read More >

Energy and emissions savings of appliance standards and labelling

Main sectors: URBAN SYSTEMS and WASTE Client: Department of Energy, funded by UNDP Problem Statement: The UNDP commissioned The Green House to undertake a review and assessment of energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets or savings that are potentially achievable through the implementation of energy efficient appliances in South Africa via the Standards and Labelling (S&L) project. The Green House approach: The work involved a detailed review of existing studies to unpack the apparent discrepancies between the previous studies in terms of projected energy savings and related emission reductions associated with appliance standards and labelling. Using data provided a model was developed in Analytica to recalculate energy savings and related greenhouse gas emissions reductions attributable to the S&L Project against a justifiable baseline year. 
The model was shared via the Analytica cloud player with stakeholders so that all the underlying assumptions and calculations could be interrogated. Outcomes: The Analytica model provided a visual platform to be able...Read More >