Combatting climate change has been flagged as a priority for the South African government and involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions and facilitating the development of low-carbon growth. In a series of papers commissioned by CDE, experts present evidence and analysis looking at the interaction between socio-economic development and climate change policies in South Africa. These papers look at what the transition to a green economy would look like.
South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 26% between 1990 and 2005, making it the highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.
Central to the climate change debate in South Africa is the concern about whether our economic developmental goals are compatible with ambitious climate change commitments.
A rationale for combatting climate change is centred on ensuring South Africa remains competitive in a carbon-constrained world.
The potential of local industrial development and employment creation within the green economy trumps the assertion that climate change goals are incompatible with our economic goals.