ERC Researchers tackle the socio-economic implications of South Africa's coal transition

18 Jul 2019 - 12:30

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. 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 R Transition planning needs to consider worker transition schemes, local economic resilience and the development of new sectors

The authors outline proposed interventions that could form a just transition package for South Africa. This research was conducted in an international research project facilitated with Climate Transparency.