South Africa tops the G20 for reliance on coal power
Coal dominates South Africa’s electricity mix (84% in 2021), making the task of decarbonising South Africa’s grid hugely challenging. Wind and solar are slowly starting to play a role, reaching 5% of electricity production in 2021, up from just 2% in 2015.
South Africa is by far the largest coal generating country in Africa, responsible for 87% of Africa’s total coal generation in 2020.
The landmark $8.5bn Just Transition Partnership signed at COP26 marks a huge step in South Africa’s transition from coal to clean power, alongside President Ramaphosa’s announcement that decarbonising the power sector would be the ‘first phase’ of South Africa’s just transition to net zero by 2050.
Last updated: March 2022