South Africa calls for a fair energy transition

South Africa

South Africa has made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and wants developed countries to help developing countries, said the head of the President’s South African climate commission, Dipak Patel, on Wednesday.

Patel made the remarks at a seminar leading up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in 2021. The seminar was organized by the South African think tank South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

“For COP26 to be successful, it is crucial that the developed world reach an agreement and put it on the table in order to motivate developing countries to adapt. The deal should come with a price. Developed nations must fulfill their historical and economic commitments to support the transition, ”said Patel.

The South African cabinet has approved the submission of the National Climate Change Bill in parliament. Patel said the country’s draft nationally determined contribution (NDC) to maintain compliance with the Paris Agreement is achievable.

SAIIA chief Elizabeth Sidiropoulos said the developed world must come to the “party” in order to fulfill its commitment to fund the transition.

She said civil society and climate change stakeholders need to raise awareness and help with the just transition. End item

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