• Lead-organizer: South Africa
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-B

RSA Renewables Initiative - Unlocking RSA's Green Growth Potential

Organizing partners

Department of Energy (DoE),
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),
Eskom, and
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


The South African Renewables Initiative (SARi) was launched on the 7 December 2011 in Durban, during UNFCCC COP17, in a bid to scale-up and secure long-term funding to enable the growth of the renewable energy industry in South Africa. The project was launched by the South African Ministers of Energy and Trade and Industry. The initiative is an International Partnership by the Government of the Republic of South Africa together with the Governments of Denmark, Germany, Norway and the UK, and the European Investment Bank.

The Declaration of Intent was signed at Durban in December 2011.The (SARi) aims to mobilize domestic and international funding, and sector expertise, to support South Africa in implementing its ambitious plans for the scale-up of renewable energy.

Detailed programme

In support of the UN Secretary General?s Sustainable Energy Access for All initiative, South Africa together with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) showcased how the country is intending to address issues of climate change at COP 17 whilst ensuring that it provides sustainable development and reducing poverty in rural communities.

To this effect, South Africa demonstrated the role of renewable energy in improving health services delivery and simultaneously reduce the ecological footprint of COP17, by installing nineteen clinics in the iLembe district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal province on the 8 December by President Jacob Zuma. In addition, solar water heaters and energy efficient lights were installed at two primary schools. A number of households in the municipality also received Philips energy efficient and clean cooking stoves together with solar powered torches, lanterns and energy efficient indoor lighting systems. However, with some 1.6 billion people in the world today living without access to electricity (according to IEA), it cannot be emphasized that for Africa to provide electricity and clean fuel technologies will require more partnerships and substantial amount of resource allocation, as demonstrated by the IEA study on the assessment of financial requirements to meet energy access for all.
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