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Harald Winkler

Harald Winkler

Professor and Director of the Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town
Prof Harald Winkler is Director of the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The ERC focuses on energy, its relation to key challenges such as poverty, development and climate change, and energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy modeling as approaches to addressing such challenges. His personal research interests focus on energy and environment, in particular climate change and the economics of mitigation in the context of sustainable development.

His research has informed energy and climate policy at the national level and multi-lateral negotiations. Harald led the research work underpinning South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS). In 2011, he started working with other developing countries to share the LTMS exprience in a programme called MAPS – Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios. He has written on transparency, equity and comparative analysis of mitigation actions in developing countries.

He is a member of the editorial boards of three international journals Climate Policy, Climate and Development and Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability. He has published two books and one edited book, 44 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as several chapters in peer-reviewed books.

Harald has been a member of the SA delegation to the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is a lead author lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III on mitigation, has served on the Methodologies Panel to the CDM Executive Board, and participates in advisory bodies to local and provincial government.

South Africa's nuclear sector has failed its test: the Koeberg nuclear plant life extension

Aug 21, 2022 17:23 pm UTC| Science Economy

South Africas only nuclear power plant, Koeberg, has frequently been in the news in 2022, all for the wrong reasons. Its operating licence expires in 2024, and its continued operation thereafter depends on critical...

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Economy

SPC Group is set to open a new Paris Baguette store as part of its effort for market expansion in Europe.

SPC Group, the South Korean food company that manufactures food, bread and confectionery products, has expanded its business in France by launching another outlet of its Paris Baguette bakery chain. SPC Group will open...

HSBC is reviewing its business in Canada, and the possible 100% sale will mean its total exit from the country.

HSBC or the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is reportedly mulling on getting rid of its business in Canada by putting it on the market. It is considering the sale as it looking to amplify returns as...

Elon Musk decided to go ahead with the acquisition of Twitter.

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Hyundai Glovis buys GEAA car auction dealer to sell used vehicles online and expand its business in the US.

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Peloton is bringing its bikes to all Hilton hotels in the US through a partnership agreement.

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Politics

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Interior minister Suella Braverman is set to propose a ban preventing migrants that cross the Channel to seek asylum.

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Biden is set to announce the new guidelines, including grants to protect reproductive rights Tuesday.

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Science

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Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

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Technology

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Sony will produce two million PS VR2 units in anticipation of higher demand

The next generation of PlayStation VR headsets will enter the market in a few months, and it is anticipated to be more popular than its predecessor. The high expectations for the product are reportedly evidenced by the...
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