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Professor Harald Winkler, of the Energy Research Centre
in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment,
won the 2018 NSTF-South32 Special Annual Theme
Award: Sustainable Energy for All.
change and the economics of
mitigation in the context of
sustainable development, with
a strong focus on poverty and
Winkler has developed and
implemented a research agenda
demonstrating that the costs of a
transition to low-carbon energy need
not be borne by poor households
and communities. He has published
extensively on sustainable energy
for all and, based on his research,
has advised on environmental and
climate perspectives in respect of the
Department of Energy’s Integrated
Resource Plan (IRP) for South Africa.
On receiving the award, Winkler said:
“This does inspire me to continue
thinking and co-producing knowledge
on how we reduce poverty, inequality
and greenhouse gas emissions.”
The National Science and Technology
Forum (NSTF) in partnership with
South32 annually honours excellence
in science, engineering, technology
and innovation in South Africa. The
winners were announced at a gala
dinner on 28 June, and this award
was made in recognition of the
United Nations International Decade
of Sustainable Energy for All.
Reducing energy poverty, while
at the same time making a just
transition to a low-carbon energy
economy, is a key challenge of the
21st century. Over the past 10 years,
Winkler’s research has contributed
information needed for this transition,
and informed energy and climate
policy at both the national and
international level.
It focuses on energy and the
environment, particularly climate


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