Tendering Sustainable Energy Transitions (TENTRANS)

Project summary

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a transition toward sustainability in the energy sector of emerging economies, including sustainable development of local communities and local industries. The project will analyse the developmental implications of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) implemented in South Africa (SA) with a focus on the effects of wind power projects on local industrial development and socio-economic development in local communities.

The project will contribute to enhance the research capacity of the younger researchers involved. It will build upon and contribute to significantly advance the literature on sustainability transitions in developing countries through an innovative combination of complementary perspectives on institutional change, global value chains and infant industry development.

It will draw on in-depth fieldwork carried out in SA based on qualitative research methods, such as interviews, documents, direct observations and project inventories. Through direct engagement with key policy makers and stakeholders, the project will seek to ensure that local developmental impacts are prioritized and ensured in renewable energy tendering schemes currently being implemented in SA, other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and internationally. The project will contribute to socially inclusive models of implementation by private companies involved in large-scale wind power projects by cooperating with the wind industry associations in Denmark and SA and through direct consultations.

Finally, the project serves as a pilot research for a subsequent five year research programme, which will be up-scaled to include solar PV, concentrated solar power (CSP) and hydro-power, and additional countries in SSA, such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and Malawi.


Midterm report
The TENTRANS project aims at understanding the development impacts of RE tendering schemes, and at providing input to improved policies and inclusive implementation by private sector actors. After two years, researchers in all WPs are in the process of data analysis and write up of research papers and policy briefs, and are engaging with a number of important stakeholders in SA, DK and internationally.

The project aimed at producing five research papers. So far two journal papers are published, and three papers are submitted to high ranking journals. Further, we have published three working papers, and in the process of drafting four journal papers. TENTRANS researchers have hosted and participated in several SA, DK and international workshops and conferences, published newspaper articles, a podcast and presented at a webinar. Finally, capacity has been built locally through joint fieldwork and publications, an internal research seminar and presentation at the Windaba 2019 side event.

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