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Climate Action

Climate change is an integral part of the EU's strategic partnership with South Africa.

The EU and South Africa have been strategic partners since 2007 and adopted an action plan for the partnership in the same year.

Areas of cooperation

Climate issues are regularly discussed at the highest political level at the annual EU-South Africa Summits and at negotiators' level at UN climate conferences. As chair of the G77 and China group, South Africa played a key role in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement.

The South African Minister of Environmental Affairs is a member of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), with which the European Commission holds a separate, regular dialogue on climate change. Five meetings have been organised in 2013-2015.

South Africa aims to limit emissions and adapt to climate change through measures included in its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the Paris conference, such as:

  • the successful national Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P)
  • decarbonised electricity by 2050
  • carbon capture and storage
  • electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles
  • a long-standing plan for the introduction of a carbon tax
  • the development of a national adaptation plan.

The country expects international support for the implementation of these measures.

Examples of joint projects


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