Country:South Africa
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2005
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning, Behavioural Measures, Economic Instruments, Information and Education, Policy Support, Regulatory Instruments, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Voluntary Approaches
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction
Agency:Department of Minerals and Energy, South African Government

The Energy Efficiency Strategy of South Africa was approved by cabinet in March 2005 and takes its mandate from the White Paper on Energy Policy, published in 1998. The strategy links energy sector development with national socio-economic development plans and sets the target for improved energy efficiency in South Africa at 12% by 2015. This target is expressed in relation to the forecasted national energy demand at that time. Among other things, the strategy:

  •  provides guidelines for the implementation of efficient practices within the economy, including the setting of governance structures for activity development, promotion and coordination;
  • allows for the immediate implementation of low-cost and no-cost interventions, as well as higher-cost measures with short payback periods;
  • acknowledges that there exists significant potential for energy efficiency improvements across all sectors of the national economy;
  • acknowledges that energy efficiency will be largely achieved via enabling instruments and interventions, including economic and legislative means, efficiency labels and performance standards, energy management activities and energy audits, and the promotion of efficient practices. The strategy covers all sectors and is being implemented through Sectoral Implementation Plans.

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