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South Africa Pushed by Presidential Body to Boost Climate Target

  • Presidential Climate Change Commission seeks more ambition
  • South Africa has proposed 28% greenhouse gas reduction by 2030
    
Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africa, the world’s 12th-biggest producer of greenhouse gases, should improve on its target to cut its projected greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2030, members of the Presidential Climate Change Commission said.

In a hearing on Friday, members of the commission, which was appointed last year, debated the proposed target of between 398 and 440 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent for 2030. That forms part of the country’s so-called Nationally Determined Contribution, or NDC, to be presented to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.