A Just Energy Transition in South Africa

Socio-economic needs and the positive impacts of a future low-carbon economy

The study A Just Energy Transition in South Africa, developed in collaboration with CSIR and ERM, assesses the changes necessary in employment and workers’ skills in line with the shift to renewables, as well as lessons learned from other countries transitioning away from coal. The first section of the study evaluates the number of jobs generated by renewables under the IRP 2019 deployment schedule and the skills which will be required as a consequence, providing a framework for the re-skilling of coal sector workers. The second section analyses the low-carbon transitions of five countries across three continents, identifying their successes and how they can inform South Africa’s unique transition.