South Africa: Climate Progress Indicators

Small increases in installed renewable energy capacity while significant increases in fuel consumption

The Climate Progress Report for South Africa was published by Climate Scorecard in April 2022. This article gives an update on the performance indicators.


Measurement Category          Frequency Data Source Baseline Measurement First Measurement
Value Date Value Date
Amount of CO2 emissions Monthly Eskom 16 917 419.98 tons Jan 2022 17 250 696 tons May 2022
Total installed capacity of Renewable Energy Regularly Eskom 5901 MW 05 March 2022 6205.2 MW 02 July 2022
Total fuel consumption Quarterly DME 6 066 995 855 litres July to Sept 2021 6 621 572 899 litres Oct to Dec 2021
Number of buildings certified as net zero carbon Regularly GBCSA 9 05 March 2022 11 03 July 2022

The monthly amount of CO2 emissions from Eskom (the state-owned electricity utility in South Africa) was approximately 2% higher in May 2022 as compared to January 2022. The total installed capacity of renewable energy, including Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), Photovoltaic (PV), wind from Eskom and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and other renewable energy sources was around 5% higher at the beginning of July compared to March. This increase is insignificant given that South Africa has been facing severe shortages of generation capacity, with the country being on Stage 6 load shedding (at least 6 hours without electricity per day) since the end of June 2022. Given the current electricity crisis in South Africa, it is unacceptable that the roll-out of renewable energy is so slow in the country.

The total fuel consumption for the period October to December 2021 was about 9% higher than for the period July to September 2021. More COVID-19 restrictions were being lifted and thus, an increase in transport services, which in turn increases GHG emissions. The number of buildings certified as net zero carbon was 9 as of 5 March 2022 and 11 as of 3 July 2022.

There is a dire need to accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources to combat the dual challenges of climate change and load shedding in South Africa.

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This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard South Africa Country Manager Deepti Charitar


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