The challenge? Taking a measured approach to phasing out coal
Minerals Council SA reports that the coal industry employs some 82,000, so decarbonising our economy needs to consider potential jobs losses
SA is a highly carbon-intensive economy; we’re one of the top 20 largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) and, on a per unit of GDP basis, we rank well above the global average.
It is important that these statistics are seen in the context of the global effort to decouple economic growth from fossil fuel use. The winners will be those countries, and companies, that can decarbonise their growth. On this score, SA’s participation in the global economic race comes with a handicap, one we can ill afford, especially considering our high levels of poverty, unemployment and inequality. ..