Energy Analysis

Preparing for Peak Oil in South Africa

An Integrated Case Study

Authors: Wakeford, Jeremy J.

  • Presents a country case study of the potential socioeconomic implications of peaking world oil production
  • Provides a novel developing country perspective on a phenomenon with global ramifications
  • Employs a multidisciplinary approach to understand a complex societal problem
  • Systematically analyses the vulnerabilities, impacts and mitigation of global oil depletion in key thematic areas including energy, transport, agriculture, macro-economy and social cohesion
  • Contributes to the emerging literature on societal transitions to sustainability
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Oil is the lifeblood of modern industrial economies. Petroleum powers virtually all motorized transport, which in turn enables most economic activities and provides mobility for citizens. But oil is a finite resource that is steadily depleting. In the past decade, the phenomenon of global peak oil – the fact that annual world oil production must at some point reach a maximum and then decline – has emerged as one of the twenty-first century’s greatest challenges. South Africa imports over two-thirds of its petroleum fuels, and history has shown that oil price shocks generally translate into a weakening currency, rising consumer prices, increasing joblessness and a slow-down in economic activity. This book examines the implications of peak oil for socioeconomic welfare in South Africa and proposes a wide range of strategies and policies for mitigating and adapting to the likely impacts. It contains a wealth of data in tables and figures that illustrate South Africa’s oil dependencies and vulnerabilities to oil shocks. The material is presented from a systems perspective and is organized in key thematic areas including energy, transport, agriculture, macro-economy and society. The study highlights the risks, uncertainties and difficult choices South Africa faces if it is to tackle its oil addiction, and thereby serves as an example for researchers, planners and policy-makers in the developing world who will sooner or later confront similar challenges. This case study brings a fresh southern perspective to an issue of global importance, and shows how the era of flattening and then declining global oil supplies may be a pivotal period in which either the project of industrialization progressively runs out of steam, or societies are able to undertake a proactive transition to a more sustainable future.

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eBook $39.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Preparing for Peak Oil in South Africa
Book Subtitle
An Integrated Case Study
Authors
Series Title
Energy Analysis
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Jeremy J. Wakeford
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-9518-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-9518-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-9517-8
Series ISSN
2191-7876
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 123
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 illustrations in colour
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