This COBENEFITS Policy Report for South Africa compiles key findings from the COBENEFITS South Africa Assessment series, quantifying the co-benefits of decarbonising the countries’ power sector in view of future-oriented employment and skills development, economic prosperity for marginalised communities, consumer savings through solar PV self-consumption, and health benefits related to a less carbon-intensive power sector, which can be instrumental in reviving the national health system after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on the opportunities presented, the report formulates a set of policy actions to allow government institutions to create an enabling political environment to unlock the social and economic co-benefits of the new energy world of renewables for the people of South Africa.
Year of publication: 2020
Editors: Franziska Sperfeld, David Jacobs, Sebastian Helgenberger, Laura Nagel, Ruan Fourie –
UfU, IET, IASS, and CSIR
Suggested citation: IASS/UfU/IET/CSIR. 2020. Making the Paris Agreement a success for the planet and the people of South Africa. Unlocking the co-benefits of decarbonising South Africa’s power sector. COBENEFITS Policy Report. Potsdam/Pretoria. www.cobenefits.info