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.

Diesel Electric Services recently completed the installation and setup of a highly efficient, high power genset for a local data centre. The company installed three 2500 kVA KOHLER–SDMO diesel generators to provide the 11 kV power supply for the data centre. Other equipment included six 1200 kW free-standing PLC-controlled resistive … Continue reading "Data centre runs high efficiency power solution"

New technologies allow photovoltaic (PV) inverters to switch at ever higher frequencies and consequently they are becoming much smaller and lighter. International competition and the move away from subsidies for new installations mean that there is strong pressure on their cost. The current transducers used in PV inverters must follow … Continue reading "Making single-phase solar inverters smaller, cheaper, safer"

Lead acid stationary batteries have been in use since 1859 and despite several disadvantages, such as their low energy-volume-ratio their low cost still makes them a firm favourite for a number of applications for example as stationary batteries. In  the meantime, new battery technologies have come and gone and although … Continue reading "Compressed air, the new stationary battery"

A proprietary technical and economic model was used to determine the optimal sizing of a grid-connected PV-BESS (solar PV and battery energy storage system) combination for a mine under development and located in the Northern Cape. This article presents the analysis of grid parity dynamics based on the levelised cost … Continue reading "Case study: Grid parity analysis of a PV-BESS hybrid"

Renewables are too small to matter Myths of the energy transition:Analyst NoteOctober, 2018 Key Findings The series. This is the first of a series on the myths of the energy transition. We contrast myth with reality, and cast light on the merchants of doubt. Myth 1. Renewable energy sources are … Continue reading "[Renewables]Renewables are too small to matter – is this a myth?"

… national targets to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change… Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and then every five… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Climate Change

pmg.org.za/bill/858/?utm_campaign=new-bill&utm_source=transactional&utm_medium=email 1. Bills Carbon Tax Bill (B46-2018)Share this page: Section 77: Money Bills – Bill versions: – B46-2018 Under consideration by the National Assembly. Bill history NATIONAL ASSEMBLY – Finance Standing Committee – 13 February 2018 Carbon Tax Draft Bill: National Treasury briefing – 14 March 2018 Carbon Tax Draft … Continue reading "[Carbon Tax]Carbon Tax Bill – introduced to the National Assembly 20 November, 2019"

Significant economic benefits can be achieved by switching to solar and battery hybrid power for heavy energy users connected to the South African grid. This was highlighted in an award-winning paper “Grid parity analysis of a PV-BESS hybrid case study” at EE Publishers’ recent SA Energy Storage conference which was held at … Continue reading "PV-BESS hybrids make economic sense as they approach grid parity"

… an agreement to buy a 100 percent interest in an office property located… on 54-56 rue la Boétie in central Paris, it said on Tuesday. The fund… View this article online at Reuters Source: Reuters – Paris Agreement

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

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

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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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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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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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