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South Africa Blowing Hot and Coal on Just Energy Transition

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Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
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The government has announced that it currently has no plans to discontinue the use of coal as part of the country’s energy mix. While responding to oral questions in the National Assembly, Deputy President David Mabuza said that the country’s energy generation is guided by the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019. This means that all fuel sources – coal, gas and renewables – are all considered equally viable sources of energy.

Mabuza’s statements come after commitments made by South Africa at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow where a major U.S.$8.2 billion agreement with the UK, the U.S., Germany, France and the European Union was signed.

Further, a recent bilateral meeting between Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s Minister of Minerals and Energy was held with the intention of securing finance to lessen the nation’s reliance on coal.

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