Universal, equitable energy access is an international and national sustainable development goal. South Africa’s Free Basic Electricity policy has the aim of facilitating support for the most vulnerable households in meeting their basic energy needs. For municipalities, however, providing this service is a challenge that involves trade-offs between social benefit and the burden on stretched municipal finances, all against a backdrop of growing informality, falling revenues, and economic stagnation.
This webinar was led by WWF, in collaboration with the City of Cape Town and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This collaboration has led to a study that applies a simulation approach to considering alternative infrastructure investments to provide equitable energy access to low-income households.

Download a PDF summary, including links to relevant resources here.