High oil prices and uncertainties regarding future reserves as well as the phenomenon of global warming have led to countries considering alternative means of energy generation. As the South African economy is highly dependent on oil, and since much of the agricultural sector has been suffering from low commodity prices, the question of the viability of ethanol production from agricultural crops, has surfaced. This report does not try to answer this question directly but rather attempts to analyse the impacts some of the critical factors influencing ethanol production will have on its viability.
Mr Ulrich Tereblanche from the University of Stellenbosch, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, presented at AgriSETA's annual seminar. The presentation gives an overview of renewable energy technologies in hydro, wind, solar and biomass and the application there of in the agriculture sector.
With funding from the British High Commission, WWF established a research programme exploring the complex relationship between food, energy and water systems from the perspective of a sustainable and secure future for the country. This report is the final report on the Food Energy Water Nexus Study. It draws on the papers commissioned in this study, the interviews conducted as part of the research process and the insights received at workshops organised under the study.