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Integration of the Carbon Tax and Carbon Budgets in South Africa

Department of Environmental Affairs, March 2017.

I n 2009, at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in Copenhagen, South Africa made a voluntary commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 34 percent in 2020 and 42 percent in 2025 relative to business-as-usual (BAU). This was part of a wider commitment by South Africa to contribute to the global effort in mitigating anthropogenic climate change and to transition to a lower-carbon economy. This was reaffirmed in its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submission to the UNFCCC, in advance of COP 21 in Paris in 2015, which identifies the intention that South African emissions should follow a ‘Peak Plateau and Decline’ (PPD) trajectory: peaking in 2025 within a range of 398 to 614 MtCO2e; plateauing for approximately a decade; before beginning to decline in absolute terms, falling to between 212 to 428 MtCO2e by 2050. Among a suite of different policies, two, in particular, have been designed with the intention of delivering a significant proportion of these emission reductions: • A carbon tax designed by the National Treasury (NT) to provide a price signal to producers and consumers of carbon-intensive products and to create an incentive to invest in cleaner technology. The carbon tax is expected to come into operation in 2017 at a headline rate of R120/tCO2e, although the effective tax rate will initially be lower as a result of a series of tax free allowances. • A series of carbon budgets designed by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) envisaged to provide a GHG emissions allowance (in other words, a cap), against which physical emissions arising from the operations of a company during a defined time period will be tracked. In the period to 2020, the carbon budgets will not be a compliance instrument but rather will be used to increase understanding of the emissions profile of participating companies, and to establish monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) processes. Beyond 2020, they are intended to become compulsory.

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SA’s first UNFCCC Biennial Update Report

South Africa’s first ever Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the UNFCCC is now available in draft form for public comment.

To quote from the preface, ” This report has been compiled for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in response to South Africa’s obligation to provide a Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) before the end of 2014. The report is prepared in accordance with the ‘UNFCCC biennial update reporting guidelines for Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention’ (FCCC/CP/2011/9/Add.1).”

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download it and submit comments to the DEA.

Workshop to present the Draft National Renewable Energy Guideline

Department of Environmental Affairs April 2013.

As you may recall, Zitholele Consulting has been appointed by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as the independent Consultant assisting the DEA with the development of an Energy Renewable Sector Guideline document relating to the implementation of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), 1998, as
amended and related legislations.

As a Stakeholder you have been invited to become part of the Public Participation Process for the development of the National Renewable Energy Guideline that is aimed at streamlining the authorisation process for renewable energy projects. The consultation started in January 2012 with the distribution of a Background Document that was
sent to all identified Stakeholders, and in February 2012 a Workshop was held at the Protea Capital Hotel in Pretoria to discuss the approach and framework appropriate for the development of the Guideline document. We can report that the Workshop was well attended by a wide sector in the Renewable Energy industry and the valuable
contributions received at the above-mentioned workshop have now been incorporated into the Draft National Renewable Energy Guideline document.

The Draft National Renewable Energy Guideline is being made available for stakeholders comments for 38-calender days from Monday 22 April 2013 to Friday 31 May 2013 (excluding the public holiday). An electronic copy of the Draft National Renewable Energy Guideline document can be downloaded from Zitholele Consulting’s website (http://www.zitholele.co.za/enviro-waste scroll down on Public Review Documents to Draft National Energy Guideline 2013.

A Workshop will be held at the Manhattan Hotel in Pretoria on Thursday 16 May 2013 (map and directions attached) to present the Draft National Renewable Energy Guideline to Stakeholder and the written comments received before the Workshop will be discussed and feedback provided at the Workshop.
You are most welcome to submit any written comment that you may have on the Draft National Energy Guideline
2013 either by completing the attached Comment Sheet and e-mail or fax it to our offices to Nicolene Venter or Patiswa Mnqokoyi at the Public Participation Office on fax number 086 676 9950 or e-mail to nicolenev@zitholele.co.za / patiswam@zitholele.co.za. You are also welcome to contact Zitholele Consulting on (011) 207-2077 or (011) 207-2074.

Draft Renewable Energy Guideline April 2013