|Country: South Africa|
Accelerating the Just Transition by building a green economy in Mpumalanga.
Mpumalanga is at the centre of the South African coal industry. However, the transformation of the South African energy system to cleaner energy is gathering momentum. As this transition accelerates, there is an opportunity to drive a "Just Transition" to facilitate more investment and stimulate job creation in Mpumalanga's green economy.
The Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) in collaboration with GreenCape, supported by UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) and others, established a Green Economic Sector Development Cluster Agency. This Cluster was officially launched in May 2022 and will focus on unlocking and unblocking economic opportunities in the green economy to contribute to regional economic diversification and job creation.
One of the opportunities that can contribute to regional economic diversification and job creation is building the renewable energy manufacturing value chain. The South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) presents the vision and opportunity for a renewable energy manufacturing value chain in South Africa and key regional areas like Mpumalanga. The SAREM is one of South Africa’s 14 industry-specific masterplans under the reimagined Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), leading industrial strategy for South Africa. GreenCape has served as the secretariat of the SAREM development process. This involved managing the project, conducting and coordinating research, facilitating consultation with key stakeholders and doing the technical drafting of the SAREM with the support of UK PACT and others.
The interplay between these two initiatives – the Mpumalanga Green Cluster Agency and the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan – supports the possibility of a Just Energy Transition that promotes social inclusion, job creation, increased investment, and poverty reduction.
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Mpumalanga Green Cluster Agency highlights