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Linking energy efficiency legislation and the agricultural sector in South Africa

Joseph N. Lekunze, Angwe R. Lekunze
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 13, No 1 | a359 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v13i1.359 | © 2017 Joseph N. Lekunze, Angwe R. Lekunze | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 July 2016 | Published: 28 April 2017

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Joseph N. Lekunze, School of Business and Governance, Faculty of Commerce and Administration, North-West University, South Africa
Angwe R. Lekunze, Faculty of Law, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

There are different ways of measuring energy efficiency. Although there is no generally agreed definition of the concept, it should, however, always be approached according to particular circumstances and contexts. As such, technological, operational, performance and equipment efficiencies should be taken into consideration. Generally, energy utilisation in most sectors of the South African economy is inefficient. This requires more energy needs to be generated in order to cater for losses. An increase in generation causes environmental problems at global, regional and local levels. A review of literature on energy efficiency was undertaken and a gap identified between legislation and efficiency in the agricultural sector. This article seeks to suggest ways of implementing an energy legislation in this sector in South Africa. Such implementation will address concerns in terms of harnessing, generating and utilising energy in different sectors in South Africa. Legislation is vital in reducing energy consumption in the agricultural sector. It also ensures efficient use of energy and the maintenance of current levels of production.


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energy efficiency; agricultural sector; legislative framework; South Africa

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