Welcome to the Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE) website - the online home of the PACE centre. On this website you can find out about our services and projects.

PACE centre services and track-record

PACE was established in 2004. Since then we have explored various ways of making the global carbon market work in Africa - and particularly to work for poor people in Africa. The Credible Carbon registry, the first of its kind in Africa, seeks to structurally alter the way in which poverty alleviating carbon projects are brought to the market. 

In 2011 Credible Carbon sold over 11 000 tCO2 and returned more than R700,000 in carbon revenue to poverty-alleviating projects in southern Africa. In 2012 we did even better, selling nearly 41 000 tCO2 to over 100 different clients and returning R1,7 million to local projects. Our top sales price in 2012 was R250 per tCO2 and in last project we returned 91% of total carbon revenue to the project - that is after project proponent fees, legal fees and the cost of an indepenent audit.

PACE is a major project proponent to the Credible Carbon registry and enjoy their success. We are looking forward to 2013!

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Just back from COP17. An impressive event both in terms of scale and content. Not confident about a legally binding, fair and urgent agreement but more hope than a week ago. Impressive none the less to see how many committed people are working on a range of inspiring issues.

Latest News

All news articles are collated on our partner site www.crediblecarbon.com.

Energy is a key risk in any economy and particularly in South Africa due to its energy intensive nature and low readiness for the energy transition.  The South African National Energy Association’s (SANEA’s) second South African Energy Risk Report has begun to track the progress made in the energy sector … Continue reading "Evaluating the risks of South Africa’s energy sector to the country"

Renewables firm Pangea Energy and vanadium battery producer CellCube have agreed to build a 50 MW/200 MWh storage system alongside a solar farm in South Australia. This will provide some of the power which used to be supplied by the 784 MW coal-fired Port Augusta power stations which were closed … Continue reading "Solar system replaces coal-fired plant"

The heat is on over the climate crisis. Only radical measures will work The Observer Climate change Experts agree that global heating of 4C by 2100 is a real possibility. The effects of such a rise will be extreme and require a drastic shift in the way we live Gaia … Continue reading "The heat is on over the climate crisis. Only radical measures will work | Environment | The Guardian"

*Engineering giant pledges to be carbon neutral by 2020 * [image: Plastic pollution on Kuta Beach] *Bosch, one of the world’s largest engineering companies, has said that it intends to become carbon neutral within its own operations by 2020. The company, which is active across the automotive, industrial processing, consumer … Continue reading "Weekly Briefing – Bosch pledges to be carbon neutral by 2020 – peteratkins23@gmail.com – Gmail"

… carbon tax on Wednesday, setting up a legal tussle between Premier Jason…. Scrapping Alberta’s carbon tax, introduced by the previous government… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

… for a tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change, and a senator… after hosting one of the meetings on a carbon tax with about six… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Carbon

Unlike PV systems, concentrating solar power (CSP) technology captures and stores the sun’s energy in the form of heat, using materials which are low cost and materially stable for decades. This allows CSP with thermal energy storage (TES) to deliver renewable energy while providing important capacity, reliability and stability attributes … Continue reading "Considerations for the next generation of concentrating solar power systems"

The need for a secure, efficient power supply is as important to mining operations as the equipment used by the mine to keep production up and running, sometimes on a continuous basis. Many remote mine sites are located at a great distance from the nearest power grid, resulting in the … Continue reading "Onsite power for remote mining locations"

With decreasing reliability of grid power, standby generators have become a common feature in consumer networks. In microgrid or hybrid power configurations, fixed on-site generators are used as the primary power source. Correct sizing of plant to match the load and the operating conditions is essential for long term survival … Continue reading "Standby power generation set sizing"

Growing concern for public safety and the increasing complexity of today’s fixed electrical installations in domestic, commercial and industrial premises places extra responsibility on electrical test engineers who are charged with verifying conformity to South Africa’s Certificate of Compliance (COC) safety standards. The Fluke 1660 series multifunction installation testers are … Continue reading "Installation testing that protects appliances"


Hout Bay Recycling Co-op

A social enterprise started by Thrive Hout Bay saw residents of Imizamo Yethu township in Hout Bay begin recycling in 2009.

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Reliance Compost

We would like to see a world in which composting companies of tomorrow replace the oil companies of today in the local economy.

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Welbedacht – Energy Efficient Housing

This project was originally designed by USAID to demonstrate appropriate energy efficient technologies in low-income households in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa.

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Spier Mob Grazing

Since April 2009 Angus McIntosh has managed a portion of Spier agriculture that involves 74 hectares of irrigated pasture.

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Walker’s Recycling

Walkers Recycling is a family-run business started in 2005 by Eddie Walker. The business collects high-value recyclable material from the Cape Town CBD.

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Kuyasa is low-carbon housing development in one of the poorest and most vulnerable corners of Khayelitsha, Western Cape.

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Wildlands Conservation Trust

The Wildlands Conservation Trust (WCT) assists local communities and local governments in realising the virtuous cycles between human and ecological well-­being.

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The uMdoni Municipality and the Project Preparation Trust (PPT) are partners in this project with PACE.

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