The governance of clean energy development: a case study of Botswana and its stakeholders

TitleThe governance of clean energy development: a case study of Botswana and its stakeholders
Publication TypeOther Working Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsColman, T
Secondary TitleThe Governance of Clean Development Working Paper Series No. 006
KeywordsDevelopment, GCD, UEA, working papers
Abstract

Botswana sits within interlocking circles of international, regional and national governance. It has not moved to a clean energy transition but faces complex energy decisions. This paper identifies the key decision makers and the views of Botswanan actors in the context of potential future energy shortages. Their view is that electricity availability for all should be the key goal for Botswana and that, as a non-Annex 1 country, utilisation of indigenous coal resources and building new coal fired power stations will be necessary. They see the hypocrisy of Annex 1 countries asking a country like Botswana to depend on low performance Renewable Energy Technologies, while not moving themselves to dependence on clean energy. The article provides an adjunct to the arguments for a new approach to the UNFCC negotiations as suggested by the Hartwell report (Prins et al. 2010) with the ‘responsible use of coal’ as part of a low carbon growth trajectory

Institution

UEA

Research Areas

Development