Paul HarrisConsultant at UNIDO
Paul has worked in the energy business for over 34 years since graduating from University of Cape Town in 1985 with an energy streamed Mechanical Engineering degree. Along the way he augmented is education further with an MBA from the Stellenbosch Business School.
In a career of 15 years with Eskom, he work at a 3,000MW coal fired power station before a fundamental career change, becoming involved in the end use of electricity and fuels for the remainder of his career. His work led to him becoming an Eskom consultant to many Southern African utilities.
Then in April 2002, together with Chris Hazard he founded the consulting company Integrated Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd, which focuses on the right stewardship of energy resources. A specific business focus is the sustainable delivery of modern energy for the upliftment of the world’s poor. Paul has consulted extensively over the past 13 years as follows:
Clients have included; UNDP, UNIDO, World LP Gas Association, Eskom, Columbian Energy Regulator, LP Gas Association of South Africa, World Bank, Development Bank of South Africa and Department of Energy.
Topics have included; energy appraisal tool kits, structuring Rural Energy Supply Companies, LPG access and delivery for poverty reduction, impact of modern energy supply on micro-enterprise development, due diligence exercise on fuel suppliers, demand side management programmes (from solar water heating to LPG cooking conversions), electrical distribution network demand management, electrical mini-gird development and carbon foot print reduction strategies in the agro processing industries.
Countries where he has worked on assignments includes; Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Columbia, Britain, India and extensively in South Africa.
Of particular note has been his work for UNIDO over many years on the sustainable delivery of renewable energy projects through the design of the downstream services to the households and businesses. He has conceptually designed and is technically responsible for a new approach to the delivery of bioethanol cooking being pioneered in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. This GEF 6 project, embraces private enterprise to sustainably deliver firstly the stoves and then the bioethanol cooking fuel through a rapid roll out strategy. Over the next 4 years 500,000 households are being provided with an opportunity to change from their current dirty environmental impacting charcoal to renewable clean ethanol based cooking.