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.

Wasted energy is the enemy of efficiency, yet solar photovoltaic (PV) installations discard large quantities of heat, and concentrated solar power (CSP) systems only use a portion of the incoming solar radiation spectrum. Hybrid concentrated solar power photovoltaic (CSP-PV) systems offer a solution to both problems. As an emerging technology, … Continue reading "CSP-PV hybrid power systems: An attractive future option"

Despite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030. Ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 remains possible but will require more sustained efforts, particularly to reach … Continue reading "More people have access to electricity, but…"

Carbon tax news blast. View this email in your browser *- THE MARK OF TRUSTED PARTNERSHIP -* Carbon Tax bill signed into law by Ramaphosa The Carbon Tax Act and the Customs and Excise Amendment Act were both officially gazetted on Thursday (23 May 2019) and will come into effect … Continue reading "Carbon Tax bill signed into law by Ramaphosa"

The National Electricity Test Facility (NETFA), owned by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and Actom have formalised a cooperation agreement for the testing of products from Actom’s transmission and distribution (T&D) divisions in pursuit of a commercial relationship to underpin the delivery of quality testing of locally manufactured … Continue reading "NETFA and Actom sign cooperation agreement"

The Southern African Renewable Energy Association (SAREA) reports that Radisson Blu’s Granger Bay hotel in Cape Town has disconnected itself from the city’s drinking water network and sources its water via a seawater desalination system. The system draws water from a 100 m deep borehole under the hotel. The decision … Continue reading "Borehole pump supplies international hotel"

Gilets Jaunes and Brexit were lower down on the list of voter preoccupations than issues like climate change and immigration, according to a pre-election poll by Kantar. The dismal performance of far-left… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

change is perhaps the most urgent topic.“While the election outcome will reshape the domestic carbon policy agenda, the industry and technology dynamics which investors are responding to remain… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

progressive policy agenda which included stripping tax perks from investors and tougher action on climate change, as well a damning verdict of the opposition leader’s own lack of popularity.“One-in-three… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg climate change

particular have climbed up the EU agenda over the past 15 years, as the bloc has imposed caps on carbon dioxide from power plants, factories, cars and airlines. Over the period, the EU has also steadily… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Carbon

tackle climate change: Green parties made strong gains in a number of countries, expanding the environmental movement’s representation in the EU parliament by more than a third. Exit polls released on… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: bloomberg – Environmental



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Spier Mob Grazing

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Walker’s Recycling

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Hout Bay Recycling Co-op

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Welbedacht – Energy Efficient Housing

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Wildlands Conservation Trust

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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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