Over the past two years this column has directed some less than complimentary remarks at our energy planning, our climate ambition and the glacial climate inaction at Sasol. But with a month to the crucial COP26 climate negotiations, one could be forgiven for developing a cautious sense of optimism about our climate goals.

To my great pleasure, the cabinet announced last week that it has endorsed a proposal by the presidential climate commission to approve a target range for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 350 to 420 megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030. This is a marked improvement on the decidedly pedestrian target range of 398Mt to 440Mt originally proposed by the department of environment, forestry & fisheries earlier this year...

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