Alok Sharma, COP26 President, to visit South Africa to reinforce support for a just energy transition
COP President Alok Sharma's visit will reaffirm the UK’s ongoing commitment to the Just Energy Transition Partnership and highlight the opportunities for South Africa
- Mr Sharma will meet key stakeholders involved in the process of a clean and just energy transition and how the partnership will support their ambitious goals
- UK announces further £1.5m funding for new technical assistance and partnerships on supporting South Africa’s just energy transition
COP President Alok Sharma will travel to South Africa this week (19-21 June) as work continues to support the implementation of the South Africa Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) announced at COP26 last year.
During his visit, the COP President will meet with South African government ministers, communities, business leaders and officials involved in delivering a just energy transition for South Africa - discussing the opportunities and challenges presented by such a transition, and how the partnership can support them to accelerate a move to renewable energy.
The South Africa Just Energy Transition Partnership is a long term political agreement between South Africa and an International Partner Group (IPG) of countries, comprising the UK, US, France, Germany, and the EU.
The country-led Partnership aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of South Africa’s economy, with a focus on bolstering the electricity system and a move away from coal that will help the country achieve its ambitious goals set out in their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
On his first visit to the country, Mr Sharma will also meet with coal mining communities to hear about their perceptions of a just energy transition and emphasise the opportunities that green growth presents for job creation. He will also witness work to support a just transition in action at a coal-fired power plant soon to be decommissioned, observing the repurposing process underway there and promoting the importance of efforts which retain and create new jobs while shifting from coal.
While in South Africa, Mr. Sharma will meet with key ministers from across the South African government and representatives from the South Africa Presidential Climate Finance Task Team assigned to deliver the Just Energy Transition Partnership. The parties will jointly assess progress and agree the next steps to drive forward this innovative response in accelerating and financing a just energy transition.
Alok Sharma, COP26 President, said:
“A clean, just energy transition not only delivers enhanced climate action, it will help create new jobs, economic growth, clean air and a resilient, prosperous future.
“Providing financial support and technical partnerships is fundamental to support this transition in developing and emerging economies.
“The South African Just Energy Transition Partnership embodies the ambition we called for at COP26. This country-led approach puts fairness at the heart of the transition from coal to clean energy and will deliver high levels of finance and support to South Africa in achieving this ambitious transition.
“With less than six months before COP27, my visit is about demonstrating our continued support to South Africa to drive forward this commitment and build on key next steps.”
A further £1.5m of support will be provided to South Africa in 2022-2023 through the UK’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (PACT) program, aimed at providing technical assistance to South African government stakeholders working on just transition sector job resilience, climate transition pathways for reaching net-zero in various economic sectors, and energy sector decarbonisation.
There is a huge global appetite for the strategic energy security that greater investment in renewables can bring. Work is ongoing with partners to assess the scope for similar partnerships in other nations with further announcements anticipated in advance of COP27.
Latest News from
It is the year for world leaders to deliver on the commitments made at COP26 to keep 1.5 degrees alive27/06/2022 13:38:00
COP President Alok Sharma at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, where the focus of the session was setting the challenge for Commonwealth countries to build a more sustainable and prosperous future
Chair of the review into the treatment of LGBT veterans announced22/06/2022 16:15:00
The government announces The Rt Hon.The Lord Etherton PC, Kt as chair of the review examining the experience of LGBT veterans affected by the pre-2000 ban on homosexuality in the armed forces.
Government funds HGV driver training programme for veterans22/06/2022 14:10:00
The Office for Veterans’ Affairs provides £100,000 to charity Veterans Into Logistics, to support veterans to become HGV drivers.
Strong progress being made on the UK's Geospatial Strategy22/06/2022 10:05:00
Annual plan published shows the Geospatial Commission’s progress on delivering the UK’s Geospatial Strategy. Location data ethics policy paper also published.
Joint statement following the visit of COP26 President Alok Sharma to South Africa22/06/2022 09:05:00
COP26 President Alok Sharma and South African Cabinet Ministers released a joint statement following Mr Sharma's visit to Pretoria - 20-21 June 2022.
Progress on support for veterans as country marks Armed Forces Week20/06/2022 16:10:00
The government provides an update on the progress of the Veterans' Strategy Action Plan, as part of Armed Forces Week
Sussex service dogs charity hailed as key to veterans recovery17/06/2022 10:25:00
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay met with veterans and their assistance dogs at Service Dogs UK in Petworth.
New Government Hub in Manchester planned for 202514/06/2022 15:05:00
Jacob Rees-Mogg has today announced a new Government Hub will be built in the heart of Manchester that will accommodate thousands of civil servants from 2025.