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A low-carbon sunrise for the mining industry

The transition to a low-carbon economy presents new opportunities for South Africa’s extractive industries, providing a possible lifeline to the languishing mining sector and offering a potential strategic advantage in the the clean technology space.

The Paris Agreement seeks to restrict the global average temperature increase to the ‘safer’ limit of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This will lead to the large-scale adoption of low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies. Using the electricity sector as an example, this paper illustrates how these technologies are wholly dependent on the availability of metals and minerals, and thus offer South Africa the potential to revitalise its extractive industries.

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