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The Development of Voluntary Carbon Emissions Trading Systems in South Africa
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The Development of Voluntary Carbon Emissions Trading Systems in South Africa

  Fig 1: Carbon Emissions Trading System  Structure (A possible market structure is shown above with a nine-step process from project implementation to using the tax offset.)There are several planned or ongoing voluntary carbon offset systems in South Africa: They allow companies to mitigate their financial liability regarding the proposed carbon tax. Emission Carbon Tax...

South Africa’s 2024 General Elections Have Implications for Climate Policy
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South Africa’s 2024 General Elections Have Implications for Climate Policy

General elections will be held in South Africa in May of this year. South Africa will elect new National Assembly members as well as the provincial legislatures in each province. The elections are done after every five years. Over 350 political parties are expected to contest the 2024 general elections. However, the main political parties...

Demands to Address Post-Apartheid Unemployment, Poverty, and Low Growth Limit South African Government’s Efforts to Address Climate Change
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Demands to Address Post-Apartheid Unemployment, Poverty, and Low Growth Limit South African Government’s Efforts to Address Climate Change

South Africa has been experiencing harsh and extreme climate change impacts. These impacts significantly affect agriculture, human health, and water availability. Climate change has altered seasons in Southern Africa, including South Africa. South Africa is now experiencing heavier rains in most parts of the country. However, the western region is increasingly getting dry. These droughts...

South Africa’s Komati Reporting and Repurposing Project
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South Africa’s Komati Reporting and Repurposing Project

South Africa has climate mitigation and adaptation plans that the South African Cabinet has approved, including the Just EnergyTransition (JET) strategy. In 2021, South Africa updated its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), a Paris Agreement-mandated five-year climate change action plan to increase emission reduction and reach net zero by 2050. Alongside that Paris Agreement, the President...

South Africa: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs
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South Africa: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal The highly populated province of KwaZulu-Natal has challenges such as water scarcity, inadequate river catchment and pollution from informal settlements. Due to the urgency of addressing these issues, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) stepped up and initiated the Transformative Riverine Management Program (TRMP). The main...

South Africa has a Good System for Compiling GHG Inventories, but the Structural Challenge Affects Effective Implementation
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South Africa has a Good System for Compiling GHG Inventories, but the Structural Challenge Affects Effective Implementation

Rating C The 8th National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report (NIR), which was recently published, contains the greenhouse inventory from 2000 to 2017. The NIR shows South Africa’s greenhouse gas emission rate has gradually decreased. The first national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory was prepared in 1998 for the UNFCCC and published in 2004 using 1990 to...

South Africa is being successful in having its farmers adopt Climate Smart Agriculture
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South Africa is being successful in having its farmers adopt Climate Smart Agriculture

Rating A   About 2% of the Growth Domestic Product (GDP) in South Africa comes from agriculture. Although agriculture contributes a small percentage to the GDP, it is an essential economic growth engine.  Climate change adversely affects agriculture due to the lack of water and increased heat stress on plants and animals. Farmers are experiencing...

The Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme and the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan in South Africa
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The Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme and the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan in South Africa

Climate Progress in the First Half of 2003 Rating: C Rating   South Africa has no recent emissions reduction statistics over the past six months of 2023. According to previous emission data statistics from all sectors, the energy sector is the primary greenhouse gas contributor, contributing about 95.2% in 2020. Sectoral contribution to CO2 emissions...

South African Government Uses Widespread Consultative Process to Develop a National Climate Change Policy
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South African Government Uses Widespread Consultative Process to Develop a National Climate Change Policy

The national climate change policy of South Africa was developed as a result of a collaboration between researchers and policymakers. The beginning of the climate change response policy development process started at the 2005 National Climate Change and Science Conference. About 600 government, business, science, academic and civil society representatives gathered at the conference and...

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