South Africa has the highest emission intensity in the G20 group of industrialized and developing countries. This threatens its commitment to help slow global warming. This disproportionate contribution is driven by the country’s coal-dependent national electricity utility, Eskom. In generating power, its plants release 512 billion kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. The country’s road transport sector also contributes to the problem: it was responsible for 13% of the total share of energy-related carbon emissions in 2018. To reach its targets, South Africa must reduce emissions by 32% in the next 10 years alone. But Eskom is also…

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