Dec 5, 2022

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DIALOGUE | Departments to address how their policies support climate change efforts

The Department of Natural Resources and Energy, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment and the Petroleum Agency SA will host a dialogue to discuss how SA commitments on climate change translate into energy policy.

The dialogue is part of a series of events that will culminate later this year in a joint departmental seminar to discuss the environmental impacts of upstream oil and gas activities.

< span>The forthcoming dialogue follows a research report from the International Energy Agency that outlines possible pathways for Africa’s energy systems that would promote a clean energy future and achieve the continent’s economic development goals.

The The recently released Africa Energy Outlook 2022 report states that while renewables should have been the driving force behind Africa’s electricity sector this decade, di e Industrialization of the continent, however, required the increased use of natural gas. The report placed the role of gas at the heart of the continent’s industrialization efforts.

The report found that Africa, home to 20% of the world’s population, would do all the work done so far Developing and exploiting natural gas discoveries would only increase its share of global carbon emissions to 3.5%, up from 3%.

Speakers on the energy dialogue include:

  • Jacob Mbele, Director General, Department of Natural Resources and Energy
  • Nomfundo Tshabalala, Director General, Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment
  • Phindile Masangane, CEO of Petroleum Agency SA; and
  • Lwazi Ngubevana, Wits University Professor

Event details:

Date: July 15, 2022

Time: 9:00 – 13:00

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