Energy | WWF South Africa

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Meeting the basic living requirements of the vast majority of the population, bridging societal inequalities, and improving economic and employment opportunities in a sustainable way pose some of South Africa’s most serious developmental challenges. Energy, which is significant to economic development, plays a central role in tackling this. It also interacts with and impacts on other critical areas –the environment, education, water security, public health and safety, and human development.
South Africa is currently locked into an unsustainable and insecure energy system; one characterised by centralised power structures and inflexible bulk infrastructure development with long lead times. The current model is unable to meet our development challenges and instead the country is facing increased electricity shortages and rising energy prices. Furthermore, with more than 50% of the countries greenhouse gas emission produced by the energy sector, the current system does not address the pressing problem of climate change and the impact that this will have on South Africa’s development.

Resolving this crisis requires a complete transformation of the way in which South Africa produces and consumes energy. It requires an energy system that is flexible, resilient, can accommodate technology shifts for innovative and cost effective applications, and has minimal impact on land, water and the environment.

WWF-SA’s goal is to work towards such an energy system in South Africa. We are focusing on five priority areas:


  • Saliem Fakir
    Head: Policy and Futures Unit
    +27 21 657 6600

    Louise Scholtz
    Programme Manager: Energy and Urban Futures
    +27 21 657 6600