EE Business Intelligence and the British High Commission to South Africa co-hosted a high-level webinar in association with the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the World Bank, Sasol, Toyota South Africa, Linde and Investec Bank.
DATE: Tuesday 13 April 2021
TIME: 14h00 to 17h15
There were about 2400 online registrations for the webinar. Attendance on the day peaked at about 1300 attendees.
Presenters and presentations (click links to download presentations)
Hon. Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa
Hon. Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry & Competition, South Africa
Mr. Richard North, Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK
Dr. Fernando de Sisternes, Green Hydrogen Lead, World Bank, USA,
Mr. Fleetwood Grobler, CEO of Sasol
Mr. Andrew Kirby, CEO of Toyota South Africa
Dr. David Burns, Vice President for Clean Hydrogen, Linde, Germany
Mr. Andre Wepener, Head: Power & Infrastructure Finance, Investec Bank
For ease of reference the following is a breakdown of the various sections of the webinar which are accessible at the following times in the video (hh:mm:ss):
00:00:00: Welcome by Mr. Chris Yelland, EE Business Intelligence
00:07:05: Introduction by Mr. Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to SA
00:13:26: Keynote address by DTIC Minister Ebrahim Patel
00:36:54: Presentation by Mr. Richard North, GU Government
01:01:45: Presentation by Dr. Fernando de Sisternes, World Bank, USA
01:24:00: Presentation by Mr. Fleetwood Grobler, CEO, Sasol
01:50:00: Presentation by Mr. Andrew Kirby, CEO, Toyota SA
02:22:57: Presentation by Dr. David Burns, Linde, Germany
02:36:10: Q & A session moderated by Mr. Chris Yelland
03:05:00: Summary and wrap-up by Mr. Andre Wepener, Investec Bank
03:09:38: Announcement of next webinar by Chris Yelland
Green powerfuels are synthetic gaseous or liquid fuels based on renewable hydrogen, which is hydrogen obtained by the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity. Green powerfuels are therefore a renewable alternative to fossil fuels as their use avoids net emissions of CO2. Green powerfuels are used in sectors which may be difficult to decarbonise and not easily driven directly by renewables-based electricity, including road and rail transportation, shipping, and production of steel, cement and fertiliser, amongst others.
South Africa has exceptional wind and solar natural resources, 50 years of experience in the commercial production of synthetic fuels and associated chemicals using the Fischer-Tropsch process, and a vibrant local automotive manufacturing sector. This provides the country a unique opportunity for decarbonisation, re-industrialisation and job creation around the Green Economy in in support of a Just Energy Transition, centred around the production of green powerfuels and electric vehicles.
The webinar explored the policies, business case, technologies and opportunities for South Africa by renewable hydrogen and green powerfuels, in the transportation, chemicals, cement, iron and steel sectors in South Africa.