$8.5bn ‘catalytic’ however inadequate to ship $99bn Simply Power Transition Funding Plan

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the $8.5-bilion (R128-billion) in concessional local weather financing on provide from numerous developed international locations to South Africa will play a “catalytic” position in supporting the implementation of the nation’s bigger $99-billion (R1.5-trillion) Simply Power Transition Funding Plan (JET IP) over the approaching 5 years. Nonetheless, way more home and worldwide funding is required, and the composition of that funding may also have to be extra grant-heavy if the simply elements of the transition are to be realised.

Releasing the JET IP for public remark solely two days earlier than the beginning of the COP27 local weather talks in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Ramaphosa mentioned that South Africa would proceed to “agitate” for added local weather funding and extra grant funding, together with from the preliminary Simply Power Transition Partnership, or JETP, contributors of France, Germany, the UK, the US and the European Union.

The provide made by these international locations at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, has since been distilled right into a funding plan that features solely $330-million-worth of grant funding, with the $8.13-billion steadiness comprising concessional loans ($5.33-billion), industrial loans ($1.5-billion) and ensures (1.3-billion).

The funds on provide from the JETP companions, thus, represents lower than 10% of the JET IP funding requirement of $99-billion between 2023 and 2027.

The lion’s share of the funding from these companions, or $7.7-billion, is earmarked for initiatives in South Africa’s emissions-intensive and more and more unreliable electrical energy sector. The steadiness can be directed the way in which of latest vitality automobiles ($200-million) and inexperienced hydrogen ($700-million).

“A lot as [the $8.5-billion] is welcome it’s not sufficient and the grant funding thereof additionally must be upgraded,” the President mentioned in the course of the launch of the JET IP on November 4.

He added that increased ranges of grant funding are particularly wanted to help the ‘simply’ elements of the plan, such because the reskilling and upskilling of staff, in addition to the creation of latest industries.


Presidential Local weather Finance Process Workforce head Daniel Mminele mentioned the bigger R1.5-trillion JET IP had been developed to help a discount in South Africa’s greenhouse gasoline emissions to the decrease finish of the 420-megatonnes to 350-megatonnes of carbon dioxide equal by 2030 as outlined within the nation’s Nationally Decided Contribution.

Provided that the electrical energy sector contributes about 45% of those emissions, the JET IP signifies that greater than R1-trillion must be directed in direction of the electrical energy sector to help the transition from coal to renewables, in addition to to strengthen and increase the transmission grid to unlock the nation’s renewables technology potential, in addition to to bolster distressed distribution networks.

The electrical energy element of the plan envisages that R648-billion is required over the approaching 5 years for technology, storage and community infrastructure, together with R242-billion for wind, R233-billion for photo voltaic, R132-billion for transmission, R23-billion for batteries, R14-billion for distribution and R4-billion for coal plant decommissioning.

An additional R60.4-billion is anticipated for the just-transition funding wants of the Mpumalanga province, the place the coal worth chain is basically positioned, and R3.25-billion for different just-transition initiatives, together with in manufacturing and piloting social possession fashions.

Cross slicing expertise growth (R2.7-billion) and municipal funding (R319-billion) make up the steadiness.

The JET IP additionally outlines that R128-billion of funding is required to help the emergence of latest vitality automobiles over the five-year interval and an additional R319-billion to help the event of a green-hydrogen business, with the JET IP indicating that South Africa has potential to turn into a “world-leading exporter” of inexperienced hydrogen and spinoff merchandise.

Nonetheless, the plan additionally factors to a R700-billion funding hole over the interval, which will be closed solely by way of ongoing useful resource mobilisation.

The funding that’s assumed can be invested in help of the plan over the interval will to come up from not solely from the JETP companions (R128-billion), but in addition the non-public sector (R500-billion), in addition to growth financiers and multilateral growth banks (R150-billion).

Forward of the discharge of the JET IP, the World Financial institution introduced that South Africa’s request for a $497-million (about R9-billion) to decommission and repower the Komati coal-fired energy plant utilizing renewables and batteries has been accepted.

In an announcement the financial institution mentioned that the ‘Komati Simply Power Transition Venture’ can be financed collectively by way of a $439.5-million World Financial institution mortgage, a $47.5-million concessional mortgage from the Canadian Clear Power and Forest Local weather Facility, and a $10-million grant from the Power Sector Administration Help Program.

“The success of the JET IP will depend upon the size and availability of concessional finance, together with grants from related sources.

“Restricted public finance should be strategically deployed as a way to mobilise bigger volumes of financing, notably from the non-public sector and beforehand untapped sources resembling institutional traders,” the plan states.

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