Localising the Just Energy Transition in South Africa

Futurecasting: conversations to reimagine the future
Tuesday 30 April 2024
11:00 – 12:30am

How can South Africa’s Just Energy Transition drive sustainable and inclusive development?

South Africa’s Just Energy Transition (JET) is currently at a crucial stage. There are growing efforts to shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources and support an inclusive, low-carbon, and climate-resilient economy. The JET Implementation Plan 2023-2027 was launched in November 2023 and, outlines a detailed roadmap for this transition, which includes plans to decarbonise the energy sector while fostering economic growth, job creation, and social inclusion.

Investing in renewable energy manufacturing and infrastructure would benefit local industries and communities and help address environmental and social challenges. The JET also offers huge scope to shape the future of work and address the country’s high unemployment rate (32.1%; 2023) through job creation, skills development, entrepreneurship, and SMME development. Enabling inclusivity and innovation across formal and informal value chains would in turn support the JET.

However, as the JET Implementation Plan underscores, achieving a truly ‘just’ transition requires extensive collaboration and partnerships between public, private, and local partners to enable wide participation and coordinated implementation.

Join this Futurecasting webinar to explore a range of perspectives on JET implementation efforts so far. Panelists from government, business, and industry will share ground-level insights on implementing localisation initiatives and explore how to maximise the benefits of localisation.

Panelists:

  • Duduzile Sibiya, Provincial Climate Change Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (Mpumalanga)
  • Alex McNamara, Head Operations: Climate & Water, National Business Initiative (NBI)
  • Kalnisha Singh, Founding Director, KD strategies

Facilitator: Dr Simon Sizwe Mayson, Programme Lead: Energy & Climate , Economic Development Partnership (EDP)

About Futurecasting: The Futurecasting webinar series, convened by the Economic Development Partnership (EDP), invites experts and thought leaders across sectors to explore critical issues facing South Africa and share knowledge and insights that contribute to forward-thinking strategies for development in an interconnected world.