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After more than a year awaiting ministerial approval, South Africa's Energy Efficiency Strategy was officially launched in May 2005. As one of the world's highest per-capita emitters of CO2, South Africa recognizes the importance of the role of energy efficiency in combating climate change. In addition to the global environmental impacts of an energy-intensive economy, and the health impacts of residential fossil fuel use, South Africa also faces the prospect of power shortages, as the growing demand for electricity threatens to outstrip currently installed capacity in the near future. The Energy Efficiency Strategy thus has to strike a balance between a range of different goals.

Under the Danida-supported CaBEERE program (Capacity Building in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy), IIEC-Africa is assisting the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) in the development of the monitoring system. On this project, IIEC is working with Danish Management Group, which has extensive international experience in program monitoring & evaluatoin schemes. Following a review of international best practice in energy efficiency monitoring, the IIEC team staged two stakeholder workshops in April. These aimed to engage the involvement of, and seek feedback from, key organizations and individuals who are seen as data providers. The monitoring progress towards the achievement of energy efficiency targets is very data-intensive, so buy-in [Extra Space in layout] from these stakeholders is crucial to the success of the system. The outcomes of these workshops are currently guiding IIEC towards the final definition of the data that are required (and that can be realistically collected) for effective monitoring. For more information, please contact Ian Househam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .