Climate change and energy transition as drivers of change

The unavoidable warming and potential substantial departures from prevailing global weather patterns associated with climate change are likely to be major drivers of migration, agriculture, and international trade. The transformation of the energy system necessary to reduce emissions to levels consistent with a stable climate have direct and potentially powerful implications for the nature of infrastructure investment, agriculture, and trade. Infrastructure is directly implicated in terms of power sector investment, and transportation infrastructure investment has direct implications for energy consumption patterns and efficiency of energy use.

This Work Stream will shed light upon the nexus of climate change, infrastructure, migration, agriculture, trade, and energy. Climate change and energy transitions will serve as principal drivers of the research within this framework while exploring the linkages to infrastructure migration, agriculture, and trade. Concretely, the Work Stream will seek to contribute to:

  • South African and regional climate change adaptation policies
  • Energy policies and programmes — including national energy generation build plans and associated transmission infrastructure as well as regional approaches to meeting energy needs
  • The ongoing land reform programme in South Africa
  • The understanding of the implications of migration — with an initial emphasis on regional migration — for economic outcomes


 

In the media
In speech to parliament, Finance Minister praises SA-TIED
by SA-TIED
During a speech to parliament on Tuesday, South Africa’s Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, discussed the important work being carried out by the...
12 December 2019
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macroeconomics
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #84
Bruno Merven, Faaiqa Hartley, Bryce McCall, Jesse Burton, and Jules Schers
In this paper, the energy and economic models used in the linked modelling approach for South Africa are further refined such that (i) links between...
15 November 2019
climate
Working paper
by Joseph L. Mawasha, Marnus Gouse, and Tracy Davids
This study seeks to quantify South Africa's maize export potential to non-GM maize markets with the aim of establishing whether there are...
09 October 2019
climate
Vacancy
SA-TIED
The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), together with its partners, now invites interested pa
06 September 2019
enterprise_development
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macroeconomics
inequality
climate
regional_growth
In the media
SA-TIED
Channing Arndt appeared on SABC following a policy workshop in Pretoria on 28-29 August. The national broadcast channel asked Professor Arndt to...
29 August 2019
climate
Policy dialogue
South Africa is highly coal and energy-intensive, with an economy characterized by extremely high levels of unemployment and inequality.
06 August 2019
climate
Research seminar
Bryce McCall and Bruno Merven present their research findings on South Africa's least-cost options for climate change mitigation to research staff
16 July 2019
climate
Journal Article
SATIED Working Paper #70
by Channing Arndt, Doug Arent, Faaiqa Hartley, Bruno Merven, and Alam Hossain Mondal
Since 2007, large and unexpected declines in generation costs for renewable energy systems, particularly solar but also wind, combined with policy...
16 July 2019
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #60
by Bruno Merven, Faaiqa Hartley, and Fadiel Ahjum
Road freight transport is the key channel for moving goods and services within South Africa, accounting for more than 70% of the total freight...
15 May 2019
climate
Journal Article
SA-TIED Working Paper #55
by Channing Arndt, Amy Dale, Patrick Hatzenbuehler, Jordan Kyle, Innocent Matshe, Adam Schlosser, and Emily Schmidt
We argue that vastly improved agricultural production forecasts and estimates in SSA fit within an emerging view of information as a key input into...
05 April 2019
climate
In the media
SA-TIED researcher Bryce McCall appears on SABC news
by SA-TIED
A new working paper from the SA-TIED programme has made headlines in South Africa. A research team under SA-TIED's work stream on climate and energy...
02 April 2019
climate
News
Press Release: South Africa could have cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy supply
by SA-TIED / ERC
Phasing out coal in the power sector by 2040 would allow SA to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2...
28 March 2019
climate