South Africa ranks 37th in this year’s CCPI, remaining among the low-performing countries.
As in last year’s CCPI, the country is rated low in the GHG Emissions category, exhibiting low performance in its current level of GHG per capita and GHG 2030 target compared with a well-below-2°C pathway. However, South Africa’s performance is rated high in the Energy Use category.
South Africa published its low emissions development strategy in September 2020, a year after its carbon tax took effect. Experts have noted the government remains heavily focused on recovering economically from COVID-19 and is currently not considering phasing-out fossil fuel subsidies. Despite the finalisation and release of its Integrated Resource Plan for electricity infrastructure in 2019, after an almost decade-long process, it has procured no new renewable energy capacity thus far. Consequently, South Africa is categorised as a low performer in the Renewable Energy category. There is also a continued interest in coal and gas in the country. In a departure from its usual position in climate negotiations, our experts observed South Africa took a much more cautious approach in international climate diplomacy in the past year. This led to a medium rating for its international climate policy performance. Combined with the low rating for its national climate policy, the country’s overall rating in the Climate Policy category is medium.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors for this year’s CCPI: Prabhat Upadhyaya & James Reeler (WWF), Happy Khambule (Greenpeace), Richard Halsey (Project 90 by 2030).