The Energy Research Centre, TIPS, IDDRI and Climate Strategies organised a symposium on a just coal transition in South Africa on 27 February 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The event was supported by Climate Transparency and included a presentation of policy papers prepared under the initiative.

The symposium examined the risks and opportunities, which South Africa’s coal regions are facing and explored the necessary planning and processes needed to mitigate the distributional impacts of the energy transition on workers, firms, communities and government. Examples from major coal producing countries – India, South Africa, China, Germany, Poland, Australia, the UK, the US, and Indonesia – have been presented and discussed with the audience.

This symposium brought together over 90 representatives of the government, industry, unions and NGOs as well as researchers, policy makers and journalists.

Please find below more details: the agenda of the event, presentations as well as pictures provided by Climate Transparency and Coal Transition.

Policy Paper “Socio-Economic Considerations for a Paris Agreement-Compatible Coal Transition in South Africa”

Video: How does South Africa manage its coal phase-out?

Videos: How other countries phase out coal