How does South Africa manage its coal phase-out? Go to video.
- Coal has been integral to South Africa’s energy system and economy for decades,
but is increasingly uncompetitive and creates considerable risks – economic,
social, and environmental – for the country.
- A Paris-compatible mitigation pathway will mean the phase out of coal in the
power and liquid fuels sectors by 2040
- Given the high levels of poverty and unemployment in South Africa, energy and
climate policy needs to contribute to a development pathway that addresses
these socio-economic challenges
- A just transition is required so that coal dependent regions and workers are not
stranded by the energy transition or by climate change policy
- A just transition also addresses the development challenges facing the country
- Transition planning needs to consider worker transition schemes, local economic
resilience and the development of new sectors
- We outline proposed interventions that could form a just transition package for