INCREASING INVESTMENT IN THE ENERGY SECTOR IN SADC
Challenges and Opportunities
The energy sector is one of the most important enablers for the integration agenda of southern Africa, particularly now that the region aims to industrialize its economy.
RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN for the Southern African Development Community
An energy transition is underway globally to increase the use of clean energy sources and to develop innovative ways of using less energy to drive sustainable development.
RENEWABLE ENERGY: BIOFUELS
Opportunities and Challenges for the Southern African Development Community
This policy brief highlights some of the opportunities and challenges to boost biofuel development in the SADC region to enable the provision of clean and adequate energy supplies to advance the integration and development agenda.
Mainstreaming Gender in the SADC Energy Sector
Without access to modern energy services, women and girls spend most of their time on basic tasks that are time-consuming, non-remunerative and highly laborious, such as collecting biomass fuels. This further exacerbates gender inequalities as many women are unable to access wage employment, education or business opportunities due to these responsibilities, and also limits options for social and political interaction outside the household.
2014-2024 Decade for Sustainable Energy
THE UNITED Nations has declared 2014-2024 as the Decade for Sustainable Energy for all to underscore the importance of energy issues in the post-2015 development agenda. In a resolution made on 21 December 2012, the UN General Assembly called upon member states to galvanize efforts to make universal access to sustainable modern energy services a priority, noting that about 1.3 billion people worldwide are without electricity and another 2.6 billion people in developing countries rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating. It expressed concern that even when energy services are available, millions of people are unable to pay for them.