Addressing Parliamentary members during the SONA debate, President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised on the need for citizens to take climate change seriously.
“Unless we tackle climate change, we will not be able to meet our developmental objectives. We need to act with greater urgency to respond to the effects of climate change. The rural poor are most affected by the droughts that have become more frequent and which last longer. The urban poor are most affected by the impact this has on food prices and the availability of water,” Ramaphosa urged.
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Ramaphosa continued: “As part of the country’s efforts to build a sustainable low carbon economy, we are taking steps to finalise the national Climate Change Bill, which will provide a regulatory framework for the management of climate change and its impacts.” Read more: The World Economic Forum fights Climate Change
Renewable energy programme
Ramaphosa noted that through the renewable energy programme (REIPPP), the country has been buying clean energy from Independent Power Producers at lower rates with every bid cycle.
“Under the REIPPP to date, a total of 112 projects have been procured and it is envisaged that these projects will create 114,266 job years over the construction and 20 year operations period,” he said.
Ramaphosa drove home the point that government will work with all stakeholders to ensure that the gradual transition towards new forms of electricity generation creates jobs, develops new capabilities and does not negatively affect the livelihoods of communities.
This article was originally published on Green Building Africa website and is republished with permission and minor edits. The article can be found here.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal