South Africa Falls Short of 2030 Emissions Target: Coal Plants Continue Operation.

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Facing a significant setback in its climate goals, South Africa is anticipated to fall short of its 2030 carbon emissions targets, as revealed by three senior government officials. The country, ranking 11th globally in greenhouse gas emissions, is navigating challenges in decommissioning eight coal-fired power plants, opting to extend their operation.

Originally committed to reducing emissions to 350-420 million tonnes by 2030, South Africa grapples with bureaucratic delays and a pressing power supply crisis, hindering the timely decommissioning of these plants. Discussions are underway among officials to establish a new decommissioning target for 2035, acknowledging the likelihood of missing the 2030 goal.

Despite these challenges, South Africa maintains its pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, as stated by the Environment Ministry. The ministry is set to present its latest greenhouse gas inventory report to the United Nations in preparation for the upcoming COP28 summit later this month.

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