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South Africa’s Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs applauds the signing of the 27 outstanding IPPs, which demonstrates government’s commitment to transition to a low-carbon economy.

In a statement the Committee said that transitioning to a low-carbon economy presents a significant opportunity in that the commercialisation of low-carbon solutions, including clean energy technologies, can further catalyse an important emerging market and support the transformation of our energy sector.

South African energy minister Jeff Radebe concluded the signing of 27 projects procured under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme Bid Windows 3.5 and 4 on Wednesday afternoon [4 April 2018].

Together the projects will add 2,300MW of electricity to the national grid over the next five years. Read more: Coega welcomes IPP progress

The Chairperson of the Committee, Philemon Mapulane, commented: “This signing is also important in terms of the Paris Agreement, which we had both signed and ratified as a country.

“The Paris Agreement represents the first comprehensive climate change agreement in the world, designed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.”

Mapulane added: “What we are seeing here is a deliberate move by our country from intensive consumption of hydrocarbons to clean renewables that do not harm the environment and health or well-being of our people as set out in the Constitution of the Republic.

“We have certainly set the stage for an increase in renewable investments in our country, which could accelerate the decline of traditional energy and accelerate the adoption of alternative energies.”

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