Last chance for SA to save credibility on carbon tax

With reporting regulations in place, South Africa’s carbon tax policy is taking shape despite repeated delays to the enforcement of the levy
By Leigh Elston 11 May 2017
The painted cooling towers of the decommissioned Orlando coal power plant in South Africa. (PA)

South Africa’s plan to introduce a tax of ZAR 120 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent ($8.92/tCO2e) for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the most developed of the country’s policies to address climate change. However, implementation of the tax has already been delayed twice and if the current deadline of January 2018 is missed, industrial players may start to doubt the government’s commitment to enforcing it.

“The concept of introducing some kind of carbon tax system was first discussed in 2006 and, with more than a...

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