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Supporting a Just Transition to a Low-Carbon and Resilient Economy in Steve Tshwete Local Municipality

What we are doing

There is no longer a debate on whether the transition to cleaner energy options should happen, it is whether it happens in a just or unjust way. Besides the climate change imperative to transition, the coal-sector in South Africa is currently in a sunset phase, and many of the current coal power fleet is in a dire state of disrepair, thus presenting an ideal opportunity for the transition to cleaner electricity alternatives. However, the coal sector is a significant employer and contributor to the GDP in South Africa. In addition, the country has many socio-economic challenges including that of high poverty and unemployment, hence it is important that the transition to a greener, regenerative economy is done so in a just and inclusive manner. Local governments such as Steve Tshwete Local Municipality (STLM) which are located in the coal-heartland of South Africa, rely heavily on an extractive, coal-based economy. As a result, STLM will face the direct consequences of transition which must be careful managed to ensure that both short term impacts (e.g. job losses) and long term impacts (e.g. achieving climate change ambitions) are adequately considered. Through the project, the municipality will receive support on ensuring enabling framework conditions are in place in order to undertake action planning and unlock financing for Just Transition projects.

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How we are tracking

1. Development of a Just Transition Roadmap 2. Pre-feasibility concept notes prepared for at least 3 Just Transition projects

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What we are achieving

ICLEI is supporting the city to plan for their Just Transition journey through action planning and unlocking finance. ICLEI will review Steve Tshwete's policies and support the development of a roadmap which includes strategies and actions for the Just Transition at the local level. In addition, the project will package and prepare Just Transition projects and aims to leverage ring-fenced Just Transition finance, in addition to climate project packaging and financing. The projects chosen for preparation will aim to demonstrate the benefits that the Just Transition offers.

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