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Coal Transitions in South Africa: Understanding the Implications of a 2oc-Compatible Coal Phase-Out Plan for South Africa

Jesse Burton, Tara Caetano, Bryce McCall , IDDRI and Climate Strategies , 31 Dec 2017

South Africa is highly coal and energy intensive, and has an economy characterized by extremely high levels of inequality and poverty (with more than half of the population living in poverty. In the long run, sustainable growth and development in South Africa will depend crucially on the transition away from a coal-intensive energy system and economy. This study has examined the challenges already facing the coal sector and highlights the risks of a development strategy that continues to rely on the sector for energy security, employment, and growth.