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.

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

Theoretical calculations indicate that under certain conditions silicon can endow solar cells with a much higher efficiency. Small silicon clusters may provide a source of accordingly modified silicon. However, to date these clusters have not been accessible in soluble form, a prerequisite for flexible processing. Researchers at the Technical University … Continue reading "Anticipating silicon solar cells with significantly improved efficiency"

www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-11-18-club-of-rome-looking-to-africa-for-solutions-to-climate-collapse/ Club of Rome: Looking to Africa for solutions to climate collapse By Leonie Joubert• 18 November 2019 Nowethu Phakathi and Nombulelo Jula harvest sweet potatoes from their communal plot in Mahaha, Ngungu near Mbizana in Eastern Cape. Like many other residents of the area they are worried that if … Continue reading "Club of Rome: Looking to Africa for solutions to climate collapse"

Climate change might hit the economy harder, faster than thought 14TH NOVEMBER 2019 BY: BLOOMBERG SAVE THIS ARTICLE EMAIL THIS ARTICLE FONT SIZE: -+ The economic effects of global warming may arrive sooner and with a bigger impact than previously thought, according to Oxford Economics in a report that compares … Continue reading "Climate change might hit the economy harder, faster than thought"

Plus: A new fracking ban and more movement news [image: Fossil Free Digest] [image: Two children protesting in New Delhi at the last climate strike with text: November 29: Strike!] In Case You Missed It *Black Friday Strike:* Youth climate strikers will hold another massive global climate strike in just … Continue reading "November 29: Strike!"

South Africans seem to be convinced that the best form of energy is electricity. But this is not always true. Natural gas is a clean-burning source of energy which is ideal for many industrial processes. In the latest iteration of the country’s energy plan, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019), gas … Continue reading "The importance of gas as an energy source"

Senegal enters the LNG race Senegal has made some substantial deep-water gas finds. This West African nation, where oil was discovered in 1961, expects all its offshore projects to come online between 2022 and 2026. According to the International Monetary Fund, between 2014 and 2017, oil and gas reserves worth … Continue reading "Power developments in Africa, Nov/Dec 2019"

A recent article highlighted the steps taken to gain a few percentage points in the efficiency of PV panels. While these small gains can have a large impact on output, the gains can be cancelled out by losses due to soiling. Prediction and control of soiling forms an important part … Continue reading "Ground based PV soiling control"

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) represent the grid of the future. So says Schneider Electric’s Poonam Lutchman. Speaking at the recent AMEU Convention in Cape Town, Lutchman said that municipalities need to become autonomous and secure sustainable revenue by getting ready for DER. The integration of DERs into grids … Continue reading "Embedded generation adds value to municipal grids"

The perfect synergy between drone technology and traditional rope access was demonstrated at a recent inspection project undertaken by Skyriders at one of the country’s oldest power stations, located in Mpumalanga. The fast-track project was undertaken in conjunction with partner company Nyeleti Consulting. The two-part project involved the inspection of … Continue reading "Inspecting two 155 m high smokestacks"

It is with some sadness that I must advise that, after more than 25 years of business, EE Publishers will be closing at the end of November 2019. Chris Yelland and Irene Blythe The state of both the economy and the publishing sector in South Africa have impacted the company … Continue reading "To readers, customers, suppliers, staff and other stakeholders of EE Publishers"


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

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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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