The energy industry has played a critical role in South Africa’s economic development, underpinning the country’s position as the most industrialised country in Africa.
The energy sector is faced with a range of challenges. Key among them is the need for a common vision for the sector. Collectively, the energy sector needs to work with government to define this vision as we transition to a low carbon future. At the moment, each industry and sometimes each company has its own views it wishes to advance leading to potentially fragmented energy and technology deployment approaches.
What the Council will do is provide a platform for these views to be integrated. We acknowledge the fact that there will at times be differences in perspectives but we do need a common vision for the sector as a whole and the Council will work together to achieve that. The Council intends to embrace such diversity in views and will drive and promote stakeholder alignment.
In this broader context, there are several further challenges such as constrained electricity supply, the future of the local refining sector, the need for future gas supply and the need for a clear pathway to decarbonise given mounting environmental pressures. We seek to position the energy sector as a source of and enabler of inclusive economic growth.
Given this complexity, we believe an Energy Council will go a long way in dealing with these challenges.
We have been very deliberate about not duplicating the work of other organisations. In fact, the companies involved in the establishment of the Energy Council are members of such organisations. In addition, we have, in the process of conceptualising the Energy Council engaged with BUSA, NBI, BBC, and the Minerals Council to share our thinking.
While the specifics on how we work together remain work in progress, there is broad support for the formation of the Energy Council.
We are in the process of developing the criteria and application process. Enquiries may be directed to email@example.com
Companies, business/industry associations and local development finance institutions that have a significant presence and actively participate in the energy sector can join as members. However, specific criteria are being developed and will be communicated in due course.
The Energy Council will serve as the collective, unified voice of the energy sector in South Africa.
Members will be able to play a leadership role in South Africa’s energy sector, drive stakeholders and policy alignment and assist in addressing major issues in the energy landscape for inclusive economic growth.
We expect that The Energy Council will be funded by membership fees and donations from members. This detail will be available in due course.
The work of the Energy Council will be complementary to already established associations and we endeavour to continue leveraging off each organisation’s strengths.