South Africa’s Transition to a Low Carbon Economy
27 October 2016
Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richard Drive, Midrand
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa will be hosting a Roundtable on South Africa’s Transition to a Low Carbon Economy.
Presently, South Africa’s economy is energy intensive and is designed around large-scale usage of fossil fuels making it one of the world’s highest emitters of greenhouse gases. The move to a low carbon economy is essential in ensuring the retardation of ecological and environmental degradation. However, transitioning to a low carbon economy requires modification of the current structure of the political economy to guarantee a just and seamless transition, bearing in mind improving human well-being and social equity. Further, it is important that the transition caters for displacement that might arise due to a shift from fossil fuel production towards sustainable methods of production.
Attendees at the roundtable will include a range of stakeholders including, inter alia, academics, business, government and science councils.
The objective of the roundtable is to probe the following factors:
MISTRA hopes that, by addressing these questions, a co-operative platform could be developed in which the long-term sustainability, ecological, socio-economic and political interests of the country are fulfilled. The roundtable will be conducted as an open and candid conversation amongst the participants and stakeholders.
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