President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Just Energy Transition (JET) Framework will serve as an important evidence-based policy-making guide for the transition of South Africa from a carbon-intensive economy to a greener and cleaner economy.
The framework was presented to him on Tuesday by the Presidential Climate Committee (PCC).
“As this Just Transition framework underlines, combating climate change is not only an environmental imperative but also an economic one. This framework is an evidence-based document and a victory for evidence-based policy-making.
“The publication of this framework should now serve as a call to action for each of us to embrace the opportunities presented by a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society,” he said.
The PCC has engaged stakeholder, community dialogue and colloquium stakeholders in a bid to conduct robust research and analysis and to hear views on the transition of South Africa into a bid to leave no one behind.
President Ramaphosa has done the in-depth work by the PCC and highlighted that the framework has the potential to revolutionize the country.
“It describes the skills development, economic diversification, social support, governance and financial mechanisms needed to make a low carbon economy a reality. It calls for a massive expansion of renewable energy, battery storage, new energy cars, green minerals and the hydrogen economy.
“It calls for creating decent long-term work that reduces loss of decline in fossil fuel use. Green, as the common expression goes, is the new gold,” he said.
The President emphasized that the JET framework would have implications for the education and social security sectors and would also require work to ensure that the framework was reflected in government plans and budgets.
“In education, one of the immediate consequences is to recruit and train staff so that they can adapt to new technologies. The challenge we face is to change the education system of the primary education level so that students are well prepared become green jobs as part of the new economy.
“Also important is the need to provide comprehensive social security for displaced workers and communities. We propose that these support mechanisms will include entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency where possible, supplemented by social protection funds,” said President Ramaphosa.
Green is the new gold, Ramaphosa says as he refers to the revision of the education system to prepare students for a new economy
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