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South Africa’s Mantashe Backs Coal Amid Climate Talks

  • Energy minister doesn’t want to ‘sterilize’ nation’s coal
  • Envoys from rich nations suggested $5 billion transition funds
Gwede Mantashe

Gwede Mantashe

Photographer: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

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South Africa’s energy minister encouraged investment in technology that could potentially prolong the use of coal by mitigating emissions while a visiting delegation of rich nations work on a plan to end the nation’s dependence on the fossil fuel.

The call by Mineral and Energy Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe at a mining investment conference comes as envoys from the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and the European Union meet with South African ministers, labor and business leaders around financing a move away from coal.