May 3, 2024

Parliament Passes the Climate Change Bill

The Energy Council of South Africa (“Council”) welcomes the passing of the Climate Change Bill [B9B-2022] on Thursday, 25 April 2024 by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. The Climate Change Bill is a critical piece of legislation that seeks to enable the development of an effective climate change response and a long-term just transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy and society for South Africa.

The Climate Change Bill aligns with Council’s strategic objective of a stakeholder-aligned national energy transition that achieves South Africa’s decarbonisation targets whilst maintaining energy security and affordable access for all South Africans.

The Climate Change Bill recognises that South Africa has a vital role to play in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that Southern Africa is especially vulnerable to those impacts of climate change which require urgent and appropriate adaptation responses. Further it recognises that South Africa has made international commitments and obligations to communicate and implement effective nationally determined climate change response, mitigation and adaptation strategies, that represent the Republic’s fair contribution to the global climate change response.

According to Mr James Mackay, the CEO of Council, “it is critical that we all acknowledge the existential threat to our only home, planet earth. Modern economic activity has clearly exceeded many of the planetary boundary conditions and it is our collective responsibility to address that with urgency. The bill supports the Constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health and well-being of the people, and to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through reasonable legislative and other measures that secure ecologically sustainable development and the use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development”.

Council urges all energy stakeholders to work collaboratively in contributing towards a Just Energy Transition and support the sector’s efforts towards this goal.

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