South Africa should push energy efficiency

A report commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has called for energy efficiency to be given “the priority it deserves” in future versions of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The report, “The State of Research, Development and Innovation of Electrical Energy Efficiency Technologies in South Africa”, was released on Tuesday afternoon. Described as a “consensus study”, it found that, while energy efficiency research output in South Africa had increased noticeably from 2007 to 2014, it seemed to have languished since then. Also, energy efficiency activities in the country were small, although they could “be regarded as significant”.