Oct 08 2021

Socio-Economic Considerations For A Paris Agreement-Compatible Coal Transition In South Africa

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Climate change and the just transition of coal: an illustrated brochure in 4 languages published by the Society, Work & Politics Institute (SWOP) of the University of the Witwatersrand. This booklet provides reasons and explanations on the need for a just transition of fossil fuels in response to the urgency of climate change. This is a response to requests made during knowledge exchange workshops between the municipalities of Mpumalanga Highveld and the swop coal research project in 2019. The aim is to enable communities to participate in debates on the just transition of fossil fuels. It is presented for activists and communities in coal-affected communities and revised in light of feedback from those who have used it. Understanding the impact of a 2oC-compatible coal exit plan for South Africa “A just transition secures the future and livelihoods of workers and their communities to transition to a low-carbon economy. It is based on social dialogue between workers and their unions, employers, governments and communities. A Just Transition Plan provides and guarantees quality and decent jobs, social protection, more training opportunities and more job security for all workers affected by global warming and climate policy. This report examines the means, implications and policy options for a full exit from the ageing of South Africa`s coal infrastructure in the coming decades. It also highlights issues relating to employment, economic development and social cohesion in the context of the future of South Africa`s coal production and export industry. Lecture by Professor Mark Swilling in May 2019 entitled “Unlocking a just energy transition for South Africa” [A] just transition. our economy and society need to be rethought through a broad, bottom-up debate. We propose to identify some starting points in an economy that is more respectful of equality and ecologically more sustainable, based on people`s solidarity, which serves the needs of the population and not profit, such as: in the framework of the Coal Transitions project, national experts in China, India, South Africa, in Poland, Australia and Germany explored options for their countries to implement economically viable and socially acceptable coal transfer strategies consistent with the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement. In its report The Destruction of the Highveld: Burning Coal: Researcher in the Energy systems analysis and planning group, the International Trade Union Confederation defines a “just transition” as follows: Life After Coal Partner and environmental justice group groundWork outlined the following key elements for a just transition.

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