Enhanced Energy Security in South Africa: A Golden Thread to Change

Emma Skov Christiansen

Student thesis: Master thesis


At the outset of my research study I pose a research question that I aim to answer through an exploratory research study because of the complexity of energy security in South Africa and the fairly limited attention that this subject has received to date. The research question is: How can a green procurement policy for enhanced energy security in South Africa provide social, environmental and economic benefits?
In this exploratory research study, the term energy security, based on the literature review, contains, refers to, and consists of six different components: Availability, Affordability, Accessibility, Reliability, Environmental footprint and Social justice.
Through empirical findings from five qualitative interviews and the literature that I examined, I have come to the conclusion that a green procurement policy for enhanced energy security in South Africa can provide some social, environmental and economic benefits. In addition, the exploratory research study aims to investigate the components of how a green procurement policy will enhance energy security and provide the benefits, which I identify is due to three main principals. The three principles are proposed by Amram and Kulatilaka and are reinforced by the empirical findings of the exploratory research study. The three principles are recognized as presented as Policy action on a national and local scale, Technology portfolio including green technology, and Consumer control entailing the mobilization of consumers.

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages85