Energy Governance South Africa (EGSA) is a network of civil society organisations dedicated to promoting transparent, inclusive and accountable decision-making in the energy sector.
EGSA is a committed group of justice-oriented organisations and individuals focused on energy policy, planning and governance who meet regularly for working sessions, and in addition have frequent substantive discussions with key energy planners and stakeholders – listed below:
EGSA Membership May 2018:
Active organisations (and their representatives):
- Project 90 by 2030 – host of EGSA for 2018 (Richard Halsey, Iago Davids, Thando Lukuko, Tina Schubert)
- AIDC (Jeff Rudin)
- One Million Climate Jobs Campaign (Sandra Van Niekerk)
- 350.org (Glen Tyler, Ahmed Mokgopo)
- Centre for Environmental Rights (Robyn Hugo, Nicole Löser, Ruchir Naidoo, Saul Roux, Timothy Lloyd, Michelle Koyama)
- World Wildlife Foundation –South Africa (Alexis Scholtz, Ellen Davies, Kgaugelo Chiloane, Louise Scholtz)
- African Climate Reality Project (Gillian Hamilton, Noelle Garcin)
- South African Faith Communities Institute (Sean Brown, Francesca de Gasparis, Geoff Davies, Kate Davies, Lydia Mogano, Monica Davies)
Active individuals (and affiliated organisations):
- Richard Worthington (Independent Climate and Energy programme manager)
- James Irlam (University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences)
- Liz McDaid (Green Connection)
- Peter Atkins (Credible Carbon)
- Kim Kruyshaar (Green Audits)
- Neil Overy (Independent historian, photographer, environmentalist …)
- Nic King (Environmental Futurist, Global Change Analyst & Strategist)
- Yvette Abrahams (Khoelife)
- James Reeler (WWF)
Supporting organisations (and individuals):
- GroundWork (Rico Euripidou, David Hallowes)
- Greenpeace Africa (Happy Khambule, Melita Steele, Nhlanhla Sibisi, Tshepe Peele)
- GeaSphere (Bryan Ashe)
- International Rivers (Fidelis Zvomuya, Rudo Sanyang, Ange Asanzi)
- Naledi (Hameda Deedat, Melisizwe Tyiso)
- Consumer Action Network (Imraahn Mukaddam)
- Cullinan and Associates (Cormac Cullinan, Sarah Kvalsvig)
Supporting individuals (and affiliated organisations):
- Abigail (Knox) Kemper (Three Consulting)
- Brenda Martin (SAWEA)
- Derek Morgan (eThekwini Municipality, Energy Office)
- Susanna Godehart (eThekwini Municipality, Energy Office)
- Hilton Trollip (Energy Research Centre)
- Holle Wlokas (Stellenbosch University)
- Jason Schaeffler (REEEP)
- Sarah Kvalsvig (Cullinan & Associates)
- Kim Coetzee (Global Vision International))
- Mamahloko Senatla (CSIR)
- Annie Sugrue (EcoSasa)
- Ernesta Swanepoel (International Environmental Law Specialist)
- David le Page (Fossil Free South Africa)
- David Fig (UCT)
- Estian Smit (Philosophy of Science and Transgender Studies)
- Janet Kachinga (South African Climate Action Network – SACAN)
- Kilian Hagemann (G7 Renewable Energies)
- Megan Davies (Stellenbosch University, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition)
- Robert Zipplies (Writer, teacher, activist, …)
- Susanna Godehart (Independent Architecture and Planning Professional)
- Tasneem Essop (Energy Democracy Initiative)
- Yolanda Anderson (One Million Climate Jobs)
- Trusha Reddy (WOMIN)
Organisations & individuals
Project 90 by 2030
We work with individuals, organisations, and decision makers to identify actions that can reduce their impact on the environment. Our specific focus in pushing for low-carbon actions in South Africa is centered on developing environmental leadership in youth, enhancing energy and water security in communities and to advocate for, and support the involvement of South Africans in the transition to an equitable, low-carbon society.
WWF South Africa’s Policy and Futures Unit explores the shift to a low-carbon economy. We seek solutions for emitting fewer greenhouse gas emissions and enabling a flourishing South Africa, which delivers developmental outcomes and social equity.
Ernesta Swanepoel is an admitted attorney specialising in national and international environmental law, with a specific focus on climate change.
As a multi-faith organisation, SAFCEI is committed to supporting faith leaders and communities in Southern Africa to increase awareness, understanding and action-taking on eco-justice, sustainable living and climate change issues.
The Green Connection
The Green Connection believes that empowering people to participate in their environment is the only way that truly sustainable development can take place. Our environmental resources are limited and not ours to squander but to protect for future generations. Our organisation aims to provide practical support to both the government and non-government sector as an integral part of sustainable development.
We're building an African grassroots movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of climate justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the continent and is coming together to champion solutions that will ensure a better future for all.
African Climate Reality Project (ACRP)
The African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) is the African chapter of the Climate Reality Project, a global movement more than 5 million strong initiated by former US Vice President Al Gore to spread awareness of the climate crisis and create cultural momentum to solve it.
Trained by Gore himself, close to 600 Climate Reality Leaders in Africa, from government, NGOs, youth, media and scientists across the continent, are committed to mobilising communities to advance a low-carbon future. The movement urges people to take climate action now and communicates the urgent need for countries to act on their commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. ACRP builds support for climate change mitigation and adaptation through sensitization and media campaigns, advocacy and agency building. For more information go to www.climatereality.co.za
Gaia - green audits in action
Professional sustainability consultant providing research and reports on electricity and water affordability, efficiency and tariff structures and waste reduction. Sustainability auditing workshops and eco-audits. Offering complexes, businesses and residential properties a systematic assessment that measures energy, water and waste and identifies customised efficiency practices and technology alternatives. Why? While the Earth is resilient our long term wellbeing depends on environmentally sustainable lifestyles and business practice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reduce your energy, water and resource costs as well as the risks to the natural environment.
Centre for Environmental Rights
The Centre for Environmental Rights is an organisation of activist lawyers who help communities and civil society organisations in South Africa realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.
International Rivers has been at the heart of a global effort to protect river ecosystems and river-based communities, for over 30 years. We promote energy and water solutions that are affordable and clean. We support policies and investments in energy and water that uplift the majority of the world’s population out of poverty and help preserve our earth.
Cullinan and Associates
Cullinan & Associates has been providing definitive, specialist advice on energy law and all other aspects of environmental law and governance to public and private sector clients and NGOs for 20 years. The firm currently comprises six experienced specialist lawyers. The firm has a strong commitment to sustainability and was the first South African law firm to be certified carbon neutral.
Greenpeace Africa is an independent environmental campaigning organization with a vision of ‘an Africa where people live in harmony with nature in a peaceful state of environmental and social justice’.