Policy and Technology

Doing business in a carbon constrained world

Leading policy and technology advise

Government policy development and technological innovation are key components in combatting global warming. Climate change is an exceptionally complex problem, as it is global, long term and highly uncertain in nature. By setting the right incentives, policymakers can drive the necessary behavioural change and promote the uptake of greener technologies. At the same time, business is in a unique position to harness its proven ability to come up with innovative responses and solutions.

Our experts have an in-depth knowledge of the energy and climate change-related policy and technology landscape in South Africa. With backgrounds in engineering, economics, finance and law, the team is able to combine insights from all these fields to provide cross-cutting support to organisations in both the public and private sphere.

We assist in areas ranging from low-emissions policy development, policy impact assessments and compliance, to green technology feasibility studies and piloting.

The main services include:

Low emission development strategies
Greenhouse gas inventories to inform policy
Green technology policy development support studies
Identification of policy and measures and prioritisation

Policy Development

With the world gradually making efforts to move onto a low-carbon trajectory, South Africa has committed to contribute its fair share to this endeavour. At the same time, it is a developing nation, facing a multitude of issues, including high unemployment, inequality and poverty. Its commitment should therefore be seen in the light of “common but differentiated responsibilities” as enshrined in the Paris Agreement. In terms of green economy, this often involves a delicate balance between GHG mitigation and objectives of a more socio-economic nature.

Policy Assessment and Compliance

Government is developing and implementing a range of climate change-related policies and regulations. This aims to penalise large emitters of greenhouse gasses and promote the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Key pieces of legislation include the Carbon Tax, Carbon Budgets, GHG Reporting Regulations, Pollution Prevention Plans and Energy Reporting Regulations. As a leading management consultancy in the area of energy and carbon, we keep abreast of the latest developments and engage with affected stakeholder groups and policymakers.

The main services include:

Policy evaluation and impact assessments
Policy response papers
Carbon Tax calculation and submission
Greenhouse gas reporting on the NAIES

Green Tech Feasibility

EcoMetrix offers techno-economic assessments and technology due-diligence services to investors, project developers and technology developers in the area of new energy technologies such as solar PV, biomass to energy, landfill gas to energy, and biogas production and upgrading. Viability is assessed against local conditions such as feedstock availability, climatic circumstances, market conditions, potential off takers and relevant regulations.

The main services include:

Development of business cases
Renewable energy (pre-)feasibility studies
Climate change impact assessments

Green Tech Piloting

Building on our experience in Europe with introducing new low-carbon and energy technologies, we provide assistance in developing first of kind commercial pilots, building public private partnerships and developing roll out strategies and implementation plans. Our team leverages international experience regarding the valorisation of new low-carbon technologies as well local experience in assessing and optimising business cases.

The main services include:

Technology pilot strategy and implementation planning
Siting services to identify potential project locations
Business case development
Grant funding and soft loans