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Planning for employment effects of climate change in the chemical and chemical products sub-sector

Climate change poses a particular threat to employment in the chemicals and chemical products sub-sector because this sector is highly carbon-emissions intensive and dependent on international trade. We need to explore ways to grow jobs in this sector while still fulfilling our commitment to emissions reductions.

By 2030, it is estimated that the impact of climate change will result in 3 000 job losses in the chemicals and chemical products sub-sector in South Africa, and a further 11 400, due to changes in international trade. Despite this, there are encouraging opportunities. This paper describes how the advancement of certain chemical products used to cope with climate change, for example, and the increasing demand for these, could lead to increased employment and even the establishment of new chemical plants. Mitigation interventions in this sub-sector are expected to create 650 job opportunities and adaptation interventions, an additional 3 825. 

This paper is aimed at those active in the chemical industry and climate change space.

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Planning for employment effects of climate change in the chemical and chemical products sub-sector

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