SA's shift from coal is unavoidable and imminent - make a plan to protect workers, report warns

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South Africa is among the top 20 greenhouse gas emitters in the world.
South Africa is among the top 20 greenhouse gas emitters in the world.
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The transition away from coal is both inevitable and imminent, and decision-makers must end plans for new coal plants and move swiftly to protect workers and communities in the coal value chain. 

This was a key message in a working paper developed for the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) by independent non-profit think tank the Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). It was commissioned by the PCC to develop the working paper, which informed a policy brief published in September 2021.

It forms part of the input for the PPC's just transition planning.

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