Beyond the benefits for South Africa, the plan may become a model for other developing countries as they consider decarbonisation strategies.
- Developing countries will need funds and expertise to reduce their dependence on polluting energy sources while protecting vital industries.
- Failing to manage the energy transition well in developing countries could produce economic slowdown, job losses and political instability.
- Absent more serious assistance, Western pressure on developing nations to end carbon-intensive industrial practices may provoke resentment.
- China may champion smaller-scale projects in an effort to position itself as an ally to the developing world.