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Presidential Climate Commission Draws Up Recommendations

July 5, 2021

The Presidency

The first set of recommendations from the Presidential Climate Commission has been drawn up.

In a statement on the handing over of the Presidential Climate Commission’s first recommendations regarding South Africa’s draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution, the presidency pointed out that the Commission was set up on 15 December 2020 to “advise government on pathways to transition to a low-carbon economy and climate resilient society”.

The Commission consists of representatives from business, labour, NGOs, the science community and government.

The Commission’s first set of recommendations deals with “South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which is a statement by the country of its commitment to address climate change, made in terms of the Paris agreement and submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)”.

The Commission recommends additional measures to lower emissions such as decommissioning coal-fired power stations at the end of their commercial life, increasing renewable energy investment and rolling out green transport initiatives.

President Ramaphosa will consider the Commission’s recommendations.

The recommendations and public submissions received during consultations “will form part of Cabinet’s deliberations as it finalises the updated and revised NDC”.

Meanwhile, in Proclamation 21 published in Government Gazette 44787, the presidency announced the transfer of administration and powers and functions of the early childhood development sector as contained in the Children’s Act from the social development minister to the basic education minister.

The transfer kicks in on 1 April 2022.