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Unlocking Barriers and Opportunities for Land-Use based Climate Change Mitigation (May 2017)

The National Terrestrial Carbon Sinks Assessment (NTCSA) published by the Department of Environmental Affairs provided initial estimates of the potential for rehabilitation in selected biomes that can enhance carbon stocks and management regimes that can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, to make an impact rehabilitation must be implemented at national scale. Equally important is that implementation at national scale will require a concerted effort with firm institutional and sustained financial support. This report produced by Cirrus Group, EcoMetrix Africa and partners, provides the first ever proposal for an approach to implement rehabilitation at a national scale.

 

In May 2017 the AFOLU – Barriers & Opportunities report was published: Download the Report

 

 

Technical Guidelines for MRV of GHG Emissions (Apr 2017)

The technical guidelines for Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions serves as a companion to the South African National GHG Emission Reporting Regulations. The Technical Guidelines provide guidance to reporting companies on methodologies to apply when quantifying GHG emissions from activities listed in Table 5.2 of the guideline. One of the key objectives of the country is to transition towards a lower-carbon economy as reflected in the National Climate Change Response Policy (DEA 2011) and the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) (NPC 2011). These Technical Guidelines support the tracking of progress towards this transition to a lower-carbon economy by providing methodological guidance for quantification of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

In April 2017 the Technical Guidelines were published: Download the Report

 

Facilitation of the Large-Scale Uptake of Biogas for Transport (Feb 2016)

In 2015, EcoMetrix has conducted a study for the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa regarding the economic and practical potential of compressed biogas (CBG) as an alternative transport fuel providing inputs to the potential further development of policies by the South African government. In support of this main objective, the study targeted the following results:

 

  • The development of a national biogas resources inventory
  • An assessment of the financial viability of the main CBG production processes
  • The identification of opportunities for policy interventions
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    In February this year the biogas report was published: Download Biogas Report


    Impact of the South African Carbon Tax on the Clay Brick Industry (Mar 2014)
    Prepared by leading experts in the field of climate change and emissions management from EcoMetrix Africa, this publication serves as a snapshot of an in-depth sector assessment, which looks at the industry’s exposure to the proposed ‘Tax’, and the potential mitigation options available to the independent producers.

     

    Click here to download the publication: CBA Carbon Tax Report (March 2014) (2320)

     

    Special C40 Publication – Climate Change in Johannesburg (Feb 2014)

    Joburg is building a City that adapts to climate change. In February 2014 it hosted the prestigious C40 Global Climate Summit. What is the big deal? Joburg is already feeling the impact of climate change. This can be seen with frequent floods, drought, heat waves and extreme thunder storms. For the occasion of the summit a magazine was developed to provide an overview of the current status: the ways Joburg is affected as a City, the actions which the City is taking to make our community more resilient to the effects and mitigation activities reducing greenhouse gas emissions causing of climate change. Together with the City, EcoMetrix Africa compiled this special magazine for the Summit. The art work and design was done by RW Communications.

     

    In February 2017 the magazine was published and distributed at the Summit: Download the Report

    EcoMetrix On – The Impacts of COP 18 in Doha on the SA carbon market (Feb 2013)
    With the global carbon market in a slump the positive outcomes of COP18 in Doha (Nov/Dec 2012) provided a much needed boost to reinvigorate the global and national activities towards combating climate change. The most significant outcome is the agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol into a 2nd commitment during which developed country Parties have taken on Quantified Emissions Limitation and Reduction Objectives (QELROs).

    Click here to download the article: EcoMetrix On - Number 6 (734)

    EcoMetrix On – Post Kyoto Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement Dynamics (Jan 2013)
    By extending the first Kyoto commitment period till 2020, COP18 in Doha resulted in a bit more clarity regarding the future of the global carbon market. Nevertheless, the uncertainty over the past few years has led to the fragmentation of the global carbon market. Due to this fragmentation it has now become a risky model for project developers if not managed properly.

    Click here to download the article: EcoMetrix On - Number 5 (833)

    EcoMetrix On – How CERs provide a competitive advantage under REIPPP (Dec 2012)
    CDM revenues can allow a project to bid at a price that is between 9% and 27% lower than it would be able to do without a carbon credit revenue stream. Registering a REIPPP project under the CDM therefore becomes a must if a project wants to stand any chance in the competitive bidding process.

    Click here to download the article: EcoMetrix On - Number 4 (2489)

    EcoMetrix On – Applying MAC curves as a strategic instrument to manage exposure (Nov 2012)
    By developing a Marginal Abatement Cost (MAC) curve for a company’s activities the options to mitigate its Carbon Tax exposure become apparent. A MAC curve therefore represents a critical instrument in a company’s inventory to strategize, adapt and respond to the introduction of the carbon tax.

    Click here to download the article: EcoMetrix On - Number 3 (1304)

    EcoMetrix On – Utilising South African CERs as off-sets under the carbon tax (Oct 2012)
    From March 2013 South Africa’s main industrial sectors are envisaged to be exposed to a carbon tax of 120 ZAR/tCO2. Initially the tax will be reduced applying a tax free threshold and several ‘relieves’ that can accumulate to a maximum reduction of 90%. In addition, the tax burden can be reduced by using CERs as offsets. In practise this means that a local CDM project would be able to utilise and commercialise its CERs at a price of 120 ZAR/CER or more irrespective of global market developments.

    Click here to download the article: EcoMetrix On - Number 2 (1596)

    EcoMetrix On – The post 2012 carbon market for CDM projects in South Africa (Sep 2012)
    At COP17 parties agreed to a process that leading to new binding targets from either 2017 or 2020. In addition it was decided that the CDM infrastructure would remain operational until at least 2020. In the absence of a commitment period between the end of 2012 and 2020 CERs generated from CDM projects in South Africa will remain valuable and tradable into a range of domestic and regional markets.

    Click here to download the article: EcoMetrix On - Number 1 (1427)

    Making the Case for CCS in the CDM – Carbon Capture Journal Nov/Dec 2010
    The developing world needs a support mechanism to also benefit from CCS’s Climate Change mitigation potential. Why can this not be the CDM?

    Click here to download the article: Carbon Capture Journal - CCS in CDM article Nov_Dec2010 (1617)

    Underground Coal Gasification – An expansion of the coal era?
    The application of underground coal gasification would greatly increase the energy available from coal and is relatively cleaner when combined with CCS. However several barriers still exist to large scale commercial implementation.

    Click here to download the article: Underground Coal Gasification - An Expansion of the Coal Era? (3866)

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