Category Archives: Policy

Join us on the 27 May

For the last two weeks,  climate change negotiators from around the world and other stakeholders from national governments and civil society gathered in Bonn for the intersessional climate change meeting.

Every year, all countries represented at the United Nations, come together at the UNFCCC headquarters for the intersessional meeting, which bridges the time gap between the annual international climate change negotiations (known as the Conference of the Parties or COP) that take place in November/December each year. The aim of this year’s intersessional meeting in Bonn is to solidify the gains made last year in Paris at COP21, and to turn them into actions that could keep post-industrial global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.

One of the many commitments made during the COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris, was for all participating countries to enhance education, training, public participation and awareness around climate change, and to guarantee access to information in their respective countries. This commitment, known as the “Action for Climate Empowerment” builds on Article 6 of the UN Climate Change Convention and is a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement signed on 22nd April this year.

The successful integration of Article 6 into national strategies and activities is critical for transparent and decisive climate action in each country and ensures participation and capacity development of different stakeholders.

One way of informing and involving citizens in the climate debate is to through multi-stakeholder workshops at national, regional or local levels that involve policy-makers from relevant ministries, private sector as well as civil society representatives. In South Africa, the consultation workshops on the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) organised by the provinces and the national Department of Environmental Affairs in 2015 were good examples of stakeholder discussions in the climate change debate.

Project 90 by 2030 is working towards transparent climate action in South Africa. Together with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO), we are making concerted efforts towards climate change empowerment of South Africans. We will jointly be hosting two roundtable discussions on the “Domestication of the Paris Agreement”. Representatives from provincial and local government, private sector and civil society will be meeting in Cape Town on the 27th May, and in Johannesburg on the 19th July 2016.

If you are interested in joining us at our roundtable discussion on the 27th May in Cape Town, please email Neoka – We look forward to your input.

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The Budget: A sack of lemons

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Happy (our Policy & Research Coordinator) offers his take on the recent budget speech. Continue reading


The Tyranny of Realism

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The Tyranny of Realism- to what extent is our present and future energy development constrained by the past? This is a question that our most recent report seeks to answer.

“This volume seeks to prompt balanced discussion of a number of themes, but also presents a line of argument, that there is one decision that is unequivocally and urgently required: to prioritise the deployment of renewable energy technologies in the short term, immediately and ambitiously, and increase the share of renewable resources in the energy mix as rapidly and extensively as possible into the long term”.
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Project 90’s proposition to new Government Ministers

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Now that the hype of the elections is over, and our new cabinet for the next 5 years has been chosen, we will quickly see which election promises will be realised. There are a number of important issues we feel that the government needs to focus on over the next five years.

There are only three more national elections remaining between now and 2030. We believe a government that thinks and speaks long term, particularly in terms of sustainability, is a government worth voting for.

We have therefore written an open letter to the new Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Peterssen and the new Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa with our wish list for what they should achieve and work towards during their term of office. Continue reading


Project 90 lodges complaint over nuclear advert

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The Department of Energy has been handing out notebooks and water bottles which promote nuclear power. These promotional items state that nuclear power is clean, safe, reliable and afforable. Project 90 has lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa as we don’t agree that those statements can be substantiated. What is your view? Should the DoE be promoting nuclear power? Do you agree that it is safe, clean and affordable? Continue reading