Energy is critical to virtually every aspect of the
economic and social development of South Africa.
Depending on the way it is produced, transported and
used, however, it can contribute to both local environmental
degradation, such as air pollution, and global
environmental problems, principally climate change.
Providing affordable, adequate, and reliable modern
energy supplies to most South Africans remains a major
Challenge. Current methods of producing and using energy
have environmental and health effects that increasingly
endanger welfare, and the key challenge is to move to
cleaner energy supply and more efficient use, while
continuing to extend affordable access to modern energy
services, in particular for poor rural and urban communities.
GREENEX2010 will highlight alternative energy solutions available in Southern Africa.