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South African energy transition may offer useful model

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Significance

Beyond the benefits for South Africa, the plan may become a model for other developing countries as they consider decarbonisation strategies.

Impacts

  • 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.

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