Sustainable Development: The Case of Energy in South Africa - Full Report

By Rashad Cassim, Wendy Jackson, O.A. Akinboade, E.W. Niedermeier, F. Sibanda on April 25, 2004
Energy is central to achieving the interrelated economic, social and environmental aims of sustainable development and energy services play a crucial role in providing efficient access to energy in support of development. Developing countries are faced with a number of challenges in this regard, such as achieving more reliable and efficient access to energy for domestic consumption and production, growing their share in the trade of energy goods and services, and mitigating adverse environmental impacts from energy activities. The main objective of this study is to look at what dominates South Africa's energy supply - coal-based energy - with an emphasis on electricity.

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IISD, 2004