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Funding Africa’s impact projects

Funding Africa’s impact projects

Funding Africa’s impact projects One of Africa’s leading banks will invest close to USD100-million in impact projects across Africa. Last week, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) announced that it has invested in Acre Export Finance Fund I which targets commercial debt tranches of Export Credit Agency (ECA) transactions supporting climate-aligned infrastructure in Africa. The fund has […]

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South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities

South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities     South Africa’s recently developed Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JETP) which came into effect in 2023, promises a carbon-less future for the country and provides a comprehensive framework for the implementation of the just transition away from coal, in fulfilment of the country’s obligations under the Paris Agreement By

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Africa needs equitable climate solutions

Africa needs equitable climate solutions  While world leaders are converging for crucial talks on the pressing global climate crisis in Dubai it’s an opportune time for African countries to take stock of the unique role they play in the world’s changing dynamics.       This year the spotlight at COP28 has been on slashing greenhouse gas

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Developed worlds’ climate finance an empty promise

Developed worlds’ climate finance an empty promise The issue of climate finance has remained unresolved since adopting the Paris Agreement in 2015, where developed countries pledged to mobilise USD100-billion annually by 2020 to support climate mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries. It is critical that Africa leaders advocate for the fulfilment of climate finance

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Mining companies can find opportunity in changing ESG trends

Mining companies can find opportunity in changing ESG trends Mining is critical to development, but development must be sustainable. By Garyn Rapson, Nomsa Mbere, Jaqui Pinto, Paula-Ann Novotny and Dalit Anstey. The mining industry is susceptible to global changes in capital allocation and regulatory reform. Mining companies that can demonstrate responsible and sustainable mining practices

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Regulating Nigeria and SA’s path to net zero

Regulating Nigeria and SA’s path to net zero An energy transition in Africa will require policy and legislative frameworks that considers decarbonisation and at the same time addresses climate change and the commitments made under the Paris Agreement. Following the decisions taken during COP 26, the President of Nigeria announced the intention for Nigeria to achieve a

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Africa’s laws guide energy transition

Africa’s laws guide energy transition An energy transition in Africa will require policy and legislative frameworks that considers decarbonisation and at the same time addresses climate change and the commitments made under the Paris Agreement. In Ghana, for example, a recent legal development was the amendment of the Renewable Energy Act, 2011 (Act 832) by the Renewable

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How water helps us prepare for climate change

How water helps us prepare for climate change The threat of global warming is essentially a threat to water. Rising temperatures impact water cycles, increasing the intensity of rainfall and the severity of drought. Data published by UNICEF reveal how closely coupled water is to natural disasters: about 74% of major natural disasters between 2001

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South Africa to publish a climate change guideline for environmental applications

By Paula-Ann Novotny and Lerato Molefi from Webber Wentzel  19 July 2021 – ​​​A Climate Change guideline will shortly be published to assist with incorporating climate change considerations in various applications for environmentally related licences. On 25 June 2021 Barbara Creecy, the South African Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, published notice of her intention

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