Just Energy Transition in South Africa

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

RES4Africa Foundation organised a virtual event focusing on a Just Energy Transition in South Africa, the largest electricity market in Africa, still heavily dependent on coal and whose energy demand is affected and influenced by frequent supply shortages, rising tariffs and lower energy intensity.

During the virtual event, which was attended by more than 400 participants, the study A Just Energy Transition in South Africa: Socio-economic needs and the positive impacts of a future low-carbon economy, developed by RES4Africa in collaboration with CSIR and ERM was presented. The study aims to assess the number of new jobs that will be created from renewables and the related skills requirements, as well as to draw a reskilling framework plan highlighting the enabling factors to make it actionable. The study also presents the lessons learned from countries where the transition to a low-carbon energy system has already occurred, focusing on the main socio-economic achievements in terms of SDGs and highlighting similarities and advising possible useful actions for the South African case.


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