May 24

South Africa in Talks With Climate Backers Over Delaying Coal Plant Closures

By Wendell Roelf

South Africa is in talks with groups helping to fund its switch to a greener economy about delaying the closure of some coal plants as it battles to boost power supplies, and is optimistic of an agreement, the head of its state electricity utility said.

Africa’s most industrialised country became the poster child for the global energy transition when developed economies including Britain, the European Union and the United States together pledged $8.5 billion at U.N. climate talks in 2021 to help South Africa cut emissions and move away from coal.

Photo courtesy of Steve Taylor.

Source: CNBC Africa (link opens in a new window)

Energy, Environment
climate change, decarbonization, mining