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Energy Transitions in the Indian Ocean Region

06 May 2015
11:30 - 12:30

Speaker: Prof (Dr). V.N. Attri, Chair of Indian Ocean Studies, University of Mauritius
Chair:   Prof. Narnia Bohler-Muller, DGSD, HSRC

Date:  Wednesday, 6 May      
: 11:30  – 12:30
Venue:    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

The seminar intends to discuss and analyze the process of energy transitions among the member states of Indian Ocean Rim Association, shifting from fossil fuel energy to renewable energy. There is also an emphasis on sea renewable energy as a part of the concept of the Blue Economy. The first ministerial conference on Blue Economy will take place in September 2015 in Mauritius.
Energy is vital for growth in the global economy since the beginning of industrialisation. Every stage of economic development has been accompanied by a characteristic energy transition from one major fuel source to another. At present, fossil-fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are the dominant energy source in the industrial and developing economies i.e. 28.8%, 31.5% and 21.3% respectively. As a consequence of climate change, limits on fossil fuel supplies, transition to renewable energy has already begun to take place by solving the problems associated with “Energy Trilemma”.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

RSVP by 5 May
Cape Town: Carmen August (021) 466 7827,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria