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55 Salt River Road Salt River

Cape Town, 7925

South Africa

Company Description

SouthSouthNorth was born within a vacuum. No CDM projects existed yet. This vacuum included the absence of CDM rules for projects, an absence of skills to develop CDM projects, an absence of local and international institutions to approve and administer t ... more

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Background Information

Employment History


Energy Transformations cc

Senior Policy Officer

African Development Bank


Board Member
Sustainable Energy Africa

Steering Committee Member
HELIO International


Masters Degree

Energy Studies

undergraduate degrees

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Web References (38 Total References)

Team « SouthSouthNorth [cached]

Steve Thorne

Steve is co-founder Director at SSN, focusing on the CDM energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change policy. He has developed a number of CDM methodologies that use the suppressed demand approach including the 1st Gold Standard and African CDM project - the Kuyasa CDM Project. Steve is technical lead of the Sustainable Settlements Facility, hosted by the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He serves various climate change organisations; Vice-Chair on the Gold Standard Technical Advisory Committee, Board Member for Sustainable Energy Africa and Just Energy South Africa, and Steering Committee member of HELIO International. He holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Energy Studies.

Kuyasa joint third in Best CDM Project 2004 Competition [cached]

They will now join the existing Board Members, Emilio La Rovere, Steve Thorne, Saleemul Huq, Thais Corral, Rod Janssen, Kuki Soejachmoen (not pictured) and Atiq Rahman (also not pictured).

Anna has been working together with Steve Thorne, SSN's Technology Receptivity Programme Director.
Steve Thorne, Technology Transfer Programme Director, of SouthSouthNorth Africa, of South Africa, described the SSN Kuyasa project, an upgrade of low cost housing with energy efficient lighting, solar water heaters, ceilings and ceiling insulation, as delivering very high sustainable development benefits. This project is the very first Gold Standard project to be registered in the world! He revealed some of the lessons learned, highlighting the lesson that that although projects with many beneficiaries may be process intensive; they so provide security and ownership co-benefits. He explained how Gold Standard projects can deliver sustainable development benefits as well as achieve a premium on Certified Emission Reduction prices.
Thais Corral, Capacity Building Programme Director, of the Human Development Network (REDEH) in Brazil, explained that SSN is a learning organisation and as such is building institutional capacity, the capacity of SSN's partners, and southern capacity in general, as a way to pursue structural poverty reduction in the South. She said that SSN projects deliver global GHG emissions reductions projects with poverty reduction and also projects that assist communities in adapting to climate change.
Seen in the photograph from left to right are directors Emilio La Rovere, Rod Janssen, Stef Raubeneimer, Thais Corral, Saleemul Huq, Steve Thorne with Hein on the right.
"The application of suppressed demand in the development of baselines for future development projects in poor parts of the world, and notably Africa, could provide necessary leverage to speed infrastructural development that involves a leap-frog to cleaner energy technologies at the time of first access diminishing the need for unlearning dirty habits" says Steve Thorne, Technology Receptivity Director of SSN. "Kuyasa - a low cost housing area in South Africa is where SSN have applied the above rationale to the first CDM project to be registered in Africa and the first Gold Standard Project in the world. The same rationale is now being applied to the development of a sectoral CDM project in new and existing projects throughout South Africa by SSN", says Thorne.
Anna has been working together with Steve Thorne, SSN's Technology Receptivity Programme Director.
says Steve Thorne, South African Region Country Lead and Technical Co-ordinators of SSN CDM Projects.
Steve Thorne and Lwandle Mqadi selected to Executive Board Roster of Experts
Steve Thorne and Lwandle Mqadi, both from the South Africa Office of SouthSouthNorth have been selected to be on the Roster of Experts of the Executive Board to undertake desk reviews on proposed new baseline and monitoring methodologies.
Steve Thorne sits on the technical body of this project.
Steve Thorne, the South Africa team leader and one of the technical co-ordinators of SSN has been appointed to serve on the special advisory panel on Small Scale Projects (the SSC Panel) to the Executive Board of the CDM.

Written by Steve Thorne, Barry ... [cached]

Written by Steve Thorne, Barry Kantor and Ijaz Hossain.

"Bio-fuels and climate change" by SSN Director, Steve Thorne, presented in Nairobi in September 2007
Carbon Capture and Storage.pdf [135k]
Carbon Capture and Storage and local sustainable development impacts by Steve Thorne, presented in Gaberone, 2007
Criteria and Indicators for Appraising Clean Development Mechanism Projects, by Steve Thorne and Emilio La Rovere
"Receiving technology in adaptation projects" is a SouthSouthNorth Working Paper, prepared by Anna Taylor, Steve Thorne and Lwandle Mqadi.
Sustainable Development appraisal of Clean Development Mechanism projects - experiences from the SouthSouthNorth (SSN) project by Steve Thorne and Stefan Raubenheimer
"Towards a Framework of Clean Energy Technology Receptivity" is a discussion paper prepared by Steve Thorne, SSN Technology Receptivity Director.
Baselines for Suppressed Demand: CDM projects contribution to poverty alleviation, by Harald Winkler and Steve Thorne
Steve Thorne - SouthSouthNorth
Presented by Steve Thorne to EDRC climate policymakers course on 26th June 2002
Sustainable Development Criteria and Indicators and the approval process, presented to the proposed Designated National Authority by Steve Thorne on 10th and 11th July 2002
"A case study of the Kuyasa low income housing energy upgrade project in SA" presented by Steve Thorne (Director SouthSouthNorth) in Johannesburg on 18th Feb 2008
Steve Thorne, Regional Co-ordinator SouthSouthNorth.
"The role of CDM and other non-carbon attributes and processes in leveraging sustainable development" using examples from SSN South Africa projects, presented by Steve Thorne (Director of SouthSouthNorth ) at MidRand on 29th Jan 2008
Suppressed demand baseline scenarios - How they are constructed.ppt [2489k]
Suppressed Demand Presentation at COP 9, Milan, 2003 Suppressed demand baseline scenarios: what are they and how are they constructed; a presentation by Steve Thorne and Lwandle Mquadi given as part of the SouthSouthNorth side event at COP 9 in Milan, 2003

General Project Summary [cached]

On the 24th May 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for this project between SSN Africa represented by Steve Thorne, Indigo Development & Change, represented by Bettina Koelle and Environmental Monitoring Goup represented by Stephen Law.

Steve Thorne
Project Baseline Methodology now approved by the Executive Board on 29th September 2006 under Annex 3 - Approved baseline and monitoring methodology AM0036 (based on the case NM0140-rev) . This was designed as a small scale CDM project activity. However, it will be registered in due course as a regular scale project, considering that the project Baseline Methodology has now approved by the Executive Board on 29th September 2006 under Annex 3 - Approved baseline and monitoring methodology AM0036 (based on the case NM0140-rev) .
Steve Thorne

Stephen Thorne - BSc; BSc ... [cached]

Stephen Thorne - BSc; BSc Chemical Engineering

MSc Energy Studies Steve is an energy expert known for mainly working on CDM energy efficiency projects for low-cost housing in South Africa. He is also a co-founder director of SouthSouthNorth Projects (Africa); co-founder director of Technology Receptivity of SouthSouthNorth Trust; co-founder member of the Gold Standard Technical Advisory Committee and Board and; serves as a desk-reviewer for the CDM Executive Board

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