After more than eight years in the making, South Africa’s proposed carbon tax legislation could come into force in January 2018. But with coal making up 70% of the country’s energy mix and uncertainty surrounding its gas and nuclear power programmes, industry figures argue South Africa is not ready. Nevertheless, if the country does not take steps soon, it will miss its COP21 pledge to peak greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025 and fail to ensure a decline in absolute terms from 2035 onwards.
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