South Africa needs a climate finance transaction of R178 billion ($11 billion) to help the country transition from coal to renewable energy and to soften the blow for communities dependent on the mining and use of the fossil fuel, a University of Cape Town study said.
South Africa, through state utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., is almost entirely dependent on coal for electricity. The country produces the same quantity of greenhouse gases as the U.K., which has an economy eight times larger.
“The study envisions a climate finance transaction of $11 billion – the largest and most significant of its kind – that will channel funds towards the accelerated phase-out of coal-fired power, keeping Eskom solvent as it decarbonizes,” the university said in a press release on Tuesday about the research.
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