Professor Harald Winkler

Director, Energy Research Centre, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Climate change mitigation; energy and climate policy; energy and environmental economics; sustainable development; mitigation


Harald is Director of the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT)., He is rated as an “internationally acclaimed researcher” (B2) by SA’s National Research Foundation, is a member of editorial boards of five international journals, has been a member of the SA delegation to the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and been a lead author lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III on mitigation.

Climate change and Development link:

Harald’s research interests are focused around climate policy, at international and national level. He led the research work underpinning South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS). From 2010 to 2015, a significant focus of his work with other developing countries to share the LTMS experience in a programme called MAPS – Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (see He developed the proposal of sustainable development policies and measures (SD-PAMs). Current focus areas and research interests include: the future of the climate regime and implementation of the Paris Agreement, Equity and climate change, including work on ‘equitable access to sustainable development’, equity in nationally determined contributions and ‘zero poverty zero emissions’ pathways, Sustainable energy paths for South Africa, particularly in energy use and supply,  Comparative analysis of mitigation actions in cities and  in developing countries.

Link to ACDI:

Prof Winkler Harald has taught and supervised at postgraduate level since 2000, including teaching in the ACDI courses and with his ERC colleagues ensures there is a focus on energy and mitigation. Harald was also part of the Steering Committee that set up ACDI.


Professor Winkler's full biography can be found here
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