Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) promotes equitable, low carbon, clean energy development in urban South Africa and Africa. We do this through research, capacity building, policy engagement and information dissemination.

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Urban Energy Support is an information portal of relevant documents and resources, with an emphasis on practical tools and guides to support the transition towards sustainable local energy development and a low carbon trajectory for the country in the context of global climate change.

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SEA comments on the Ministerial Determination on the procurement of 2 500MW generation capacity from nuclear
Comments towards the concurrence with the Ministerial Determination on the procurement of 2 500MW generation capacity from nuclear: NERSA consultation paper published 23rd November 2020

State of Energy in South African Cities 2020 report
Cities are major drivers of energy demand in South Africa, influencing the country’s energy and emissions profile and socio-economic development of the country. Since the first State of Energy in South African Cities report in 2006, energy demand in cities has grown. Not only has growth been absolute, but Cities also represent a growing demand relative to the rest of the country. Sustainable energy development and climate response in cities are therefore critical to achieving a resource-efficient and low-carbon and equitable future for the country.

VIDEO: Sustainable Energy Africa reaches its 20-year milestone – moving from strategy to action!
In 2020, Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) turned 20 – an exciting milestone, achieved thanks to the support of a strong network of partners and donors cultivated and sustained over the years.

BLOG: Hlompho Vivian helping City of Tshwane to transition towards green buildings
Hlompho Vivian is a Technical Officer for the C40 South African New Buildings Programme, seconded to the City of Tshwane by Sustainable Energy Africa. The aim of the C40 Buildings Programme in South Africa is to support the City of Tshwane along with three other metropolitan municipalities in the country to go above & beyond current minimum building efficiency requirements, through the accelerated implementation of low carbon building actions.

BLOG: Naseema Elias helping eThekwini Municipality be Africa’s most caring and liveable city
Naseema Elias is the Technical Officer for the C40 South African New Buildings Programme, seconded to eThekwini Municipality by Sustainable Energy Africa.

SEA's comments on Consultation Paper 2 for the section 34 ministerial determinations
SEA offers the following comments to the recently published Consultation Paper regarding the procurement of generation capacity.SEA endorses the generation capacities and technologies reflected in the consultation paper and advises that implementation should proceed with haste.

Sustainable Energy Africa’s Comments On the Draft Regulations Amending the Electricity Regulations On New Generation Capacity, 2011
As an organisation that has supported South African local government for more than 20 years, SEA welcomes the notion that municipality can play a more active role in contributing towards the energy mix (either through generation or procurement) and the explicit reference to this in the amendments published.

What is the missing piece for building ‘green’?
Despite the emerging business case for ‘green’ or NZC buildings, the perception that such buildings have a higher capital cost with low returns on investment remains a barrier. An initial scoping exercise, in support of the C40 Buildings Programme, highlighted the common concern that ‘green’ or NZC building requirements would financially burden and constrain development, particularly in a time of recession. This prompted the implementing team at Sustainable Energy Africa with the eThekwini advisor for the C40-SEA New Buildings Programme, to explore the question in some detail, hoping to establish an evidence-base of the cost differential between ‘standard specification’ buildings and NZC buildings.

Aiming for Zero-Carbon New Buildings in South African metros
Four of South Africa’s metros – Cape Town, eThekwini, Johannesburg and Tshwane – are working towards the implementation of ambitious policies and innovative programmes that aim for net zero carbon emissions from newly-built buildings by 2050.

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WARNING: Scammers in Durban and Eastern Cape
Please be warned of scammers posing as Sustainable Energy Africa operating in the Durban and Eastern Cape areas. These scammers are accepting payment for the instalment of solar water heaters and other domestic equipment and not returning. Please note that SEA does not sell nor install any equipment. If you have been approached or have any information, please do let us know. Any information to track down these con artists will be useful. Please call Mukta Govan at 021 702 3622.