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    Earth, Wind and Fire

    Earth, Wind and Fire is the result of a MISTRA research project. It examines issues ranging from global and domestic climate change and sustainable energy issues to the mineral-energy complex issues that have given rise to local and sector-specific problems. Each chapter seeks to convey policy choices and recommendations, at the centre of which is a clear articulation of the need for an integrated mix of policy instruments in South Africa to mitigate emissions and promote the development of a low-carbon economy through the low-carbon and sustainable energy technologies and low-carbon innovation across various sectors of the economy.

    The central theme of the book is that discourse and policy action on the Green Economy should fully embrace a transdisciplinary approach that acknowledges social complexity and takes on board the multidimensional nature of the issues. The book acknowledges the impressive progress that South Africa has made in its procurement process for renewable energy. Yet, it also warns that long-term sustainability of such programmes depends also on maximising socio-economic impact, especially among communities previously marginalised in the country’s historical socio-economic evolution.

    Earth, Wind & Fire: Unpacking the political, economic and security implications of the discourse on the Green Economy covers the following topics:

    • The Trojan Horses of Global Environmental and Social Politics - Radhika Perrot
    • LTMS and Environmental and Energy Policy Planning in South Africa: Betwixt Utopia and Dystopia -Louise Scholtz, Manisha Gulati and Saliem Fakir
    • Historical Review of the Relationship between Energy, Mining and the South African EconomyMarie Blanche Ting
    • Lost in Procurement: An Assessment of the Development Impact of the Renewable Energy Procurement ProgrammeFumani Mthembi
    • Making Transitions to Clean and Sustainable Energy in the South African Urban Transport Sector: Linkages to Growth and Inclusive Development - Lynn Krieger Mytelka
    • ‘Green’ Policymaking and Implementation at City-level: Lessons from Efforts to Promote Commuter Cycling in Johannesburg - Simone Haysom
    • The Energy and Water Nexus: The Case for an Integrated Approach for the Green Economy in South AfricaManisha Gulati
    • Waste Re-use: Oil Extraction from Waste Tyres and Improvement of the Waste Tyre Industry — T. J. Pilusa and Edison Muzenda
    • Energy-efficient Low-income Housing Development in South Africa: The Next Build Programme — Lyndall (Lynda) Mujakachi
    • Off-grid Renewable Electrification as a Viable and Complementary Power Planning Paradigm in Southern Africa: A Quantitative AssessmentOgundiran Soumonni

    Click here to read an executive summary of Earth, Wind & Fire: Unpacking the political, economic and security implications of the discourse on the Green Economy

    Click here for the policy brief ​

    For more information on how to purchase a copy of Earth, Wind & Fire: Unpacking the political, economic and security implications of the discourse on the Green Economy contact Angela McClelland at angela@ste.co.za or on 011 646 2844.​

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