South Africa produces more than 255 million tons of coal and consumes nearly three-quarters of it domestically, making it the 7th largest producer and consumer of coal in the world. During negotiations leading up to the COP26 Glasgow Conference, South Africa and its partner countries agreed on a $8.5 billion package to accelerate autonomy from coal and deployment of renewable energy. Net Zero’s climate activist Mphathesithe Mkhize explores South Africa’s progress to date with educator and environmental thought leader Crispin Hemson, who heads up the Friends of Pigeon Valley initiative.
“We are one of the world’s greatest polluters because of our reliance on coal,” says Hemson. “You can’t divorce the issues of energy production from the issues of corruption. It’s understood that renewables are going to be not just cheaper but progressively much cheaper.”
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