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SANEA is pleased to announce that we are launching a series of training opportunities that will highlight significant insights, innovation and critical thinking happening at a global level by leveraging our membership of the World Energy Council (WEC).


WEC is accredited by the United Nations and is the world’s leading member-based global energy network that is independent, non-political and works dynamically across the whole energy sector.

The topics chosen for this training are ones that speak to SANEA’s theme for the year – Energy as the lifeblood for growth.  The topics also address real challenges we are facing in South Africa and aid in building resilience in this fast changing world where decision making needs to be agile and adaptive.

These training courses are designed to not only help you change the strategies in your organisations but to also further your career in the dynamic energy field.  The courses are also of interest to many energy related sectors such as finance, agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure etc. The training courses will do this by delivering not only theory, but also tools for the practical implementation of ideas and opportunities and enable you to become an active member of our “impact community” to catalyse change. The two topics for 2020 are the Energy Transition and Energy Risk Identification and Management.  The details for the energy transition training are included below and more on the Energy Risk Identification and Management will follow.  That training is planned for September this year.


Background and why this training is important for South Africa

The Energy Transition represents the biggest change in the energy sector in its long history.  It is a global phenomenon which countries are responding to ensure their long term sustainability.  The Energy Transition brings with it many risks as well as significant opportunities and as it impacts virtually all sectors in all countries and is thus of critical importance.  The Energy Transition is critical in the South African context given our current heavy reliance on coal and the fact that the transition will require many new skills in new areas currently not a priority in South Africa.  This will ensure that the transition is “Just” in other words takes socio-economic considerations into account and actively drives opportunities for growth and social upliftment in this area.  It is a complex topic covering issues of legislation, funding, climate change, technological advances and uptake and the switch of energy decisions from central authorities to the consumer.  Markets are rapidly changing and new approaches are needed to ensure that a positive benefit for South Africa is realised.  Thus the energy transition needs an integrated approach at a policy and organisational level in order to adequately manage risk and maximise opportunity.

The Energy Transition covers the four areas of decarbonisation, digitisation, decentralisation and deregulation.  South Africa’s readiness to transition to this new energy future has been assessed by a number of international organisations.  The World Economic Forum (WEF)produces an annual report entitled “Fostering and Effective Energy Transition” and in this report it states:

“To accelerate energy transition, countries must take a balanced approach across the three imperatives of the energy triangle while leveraging the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and enhanced public-private collaboration. Prioritizing one of these imperatives at the expense of the others could reverse some of the progress made towards a fully transitioned system. Energy transition has complex implications that go beyond first-order shifts in fuel supply mix or dominant technology used to extract energy from nature."

Using a broad range of criteria, South Africa was rated by WEF as 113th out of 114 Countries in terms of its transition readiness (see below).  The energy transition readiness as defined by the World Economic Forum, is broad in nature and is an overall indication of the inability or ability of a country to be able to shift the energy sector, including the availability of investment and capital, effective regulation and political commitment, stable institutions and governance, supportive infrastructure and an innovative business environment, human capital, and the ability of the current energy system to accommodate change.

South Africa was 92nd out of 123 countries as rated by the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index (see below).  It is thus a critical issue to be addressed and has to start with raising awareness and competency in an integrated approach.

This information shows that South Africa has a long way to go in terms of the energy transition and given the importance of this for our socio-economic growth and development, we are lagging behind the rest of the world and the need for change in South Africa is very high given our fossil fuel and energy intensive economy.

The first step has to be to raise awareness and develop the skills required to address the issue.

As the evidence outlined in this section shows, the energy transition topic cuts across a variety of sectors including finance, government, labour, academia, industry (including manufacturing, energy intensive users, mining, power generation etc), environmental and regulatory.

Training is therefore needed that lays the foundation and understanding on this topic as well as the required tools needed to analyse and manage the change in an integrated manner.

Energy Trilema Index2

This needs to take place across a wide variety of critical stakeholders will provide a platform for further and faster change in this critical area. The training is aimed at:

  • – Raising the level of understanding and awareness of the energy transition in key stakeholders in South Africa to help accelerate the country’s transition readiness
  • – Providing learners with tools which will help them analyse the integrated nature of the issue and find fit for purpose solutions
  • – Helping to identify key opportunities for new projects and approaches that can be taken in South Africa and put them into practice
  • – Setting up an Energy Transition Impact Community or Ecosystem where like-minded individuals and organisations can learn and share


SANEA will be developing an Energy Transition Impact Community where individuals who have attended the training and other experts and learners can interact.  Through this ecosystem, awareness and insights can be identified and change accelerated.

Who should attend?

  • – Strategy and planning managers
  • – Sustainability professionals
  • – Policy makers
  • – Finance professionals
  • – Risk Managers
  • – Business leaders
  • – Labour
  • – Academia
  • – Legal professionals

What will be covered?

The training will cover an overview of the Energy Transition, what it means in South Africa and what tools and methodologies can be used to help identify key action plans and risks. (see draft programme attached).

What will be the benefits?

This training is aimed at changing the awareness and approach to the Energy Transmission in South Africa.

Participants can expect to:

  • – Have an improved understanding of the energy transition, all its relevant components and how they relate to each other
  • – Gain the ability to use and apply tools that help analyse the “problem” and find integrated solutions
  • – Develop new networks and contacts with relevant stakeholders
  • – Identification of opportunities opening up as a result of the energy transition and how they could be maximised for their organisations

An outline of the risks associated with the energy transition and the risk of doing nothing which can be applied to future investments and projects The one critical component of this training is therefore that it will widen the thinking of leaders and decision makers in South Africa so that the socio-economic implications are identified upfront and adequate steps taken to address the negative implications such as job losses in declining sectors, e.g. coal.  In other countries, this has included setting up a retraining/reskilling fund for impacted workers, training interventions at company level and youth programmes to expose the youth to new career opportunities.  These options will be explored and discussed in the training.

What will it cost?

This two day training will be at a cost of R7 500.00 (Excl. VAT) per person and this will include:

  • – All training material
  • – Membership into the new Energy Transition Impact Community
  • – A certificate of attendance
  • – Meals and refreshments



Overview of the Energy Transition

  • – Definitions
  • – Global trends and drivers


  • – Climate change – science of climate change and physical impacts
  • – UNFCCC and Paris Agreement
  • – Mitigation and adaptation energy technologies


  • – Decentralisation technology trends
  • – The rise of the prosumer
  • – Changes in energy markets


  • – Global digitisation trends
  • – SMART technologies and implications
  • – Cyber resilience


  • – Policy trends
  • – Governance issues
  • – Market shifts

What a “just” energy transition means

  • – Socio-economic implications and opportunities of the energy transition
  • – Global best practice


South African trends and challenges for a just energy transition

  • – South Africa’s energy landscape and progress in terms of the energy transition
  • – The integrated policy landscape
  • – Energy innovation systems in South Africa
  • – Energy system risks and their impact on transition progress

Ecosystem innovation and critical thinking

  • – Case studies from around the world on best practice
  • – Tools for business and government to use when considering the energy transition
  • – Leadership mind-sets required

Examination of a South African challenge or opportunity

  • – Application of the tools to devise new strategies or plans
  • – Feedback into the group and sharing of learnings

Impact laboratory

  • – Sharing of course impact on the group
  • – Distillation of new innovations or approaches to take forward in your career or company

Venue To Be Confirmed, Sandton, Johannesburg


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