Formal introduction to Parliament, and latest changes



Friday 18 Feb saw the official introduction of the Bill (attached) to the National Assembly, having been reviewed by the State Law Advisor.

The text of the Bill is largely the same as the version published in October last year, with notable changes being:
– All references to *persons exceeding their carbon budgets being subject to a higher carbon tax* have been removed, and “…*compliance with and enforcement of an allocated carbon budget…*” has been added to the list of matters about which the Minister must make regulations.
– References to “*Functions* *the secretariat” *of the Presidential Climate Commission have been replaced with “*Administrative and secretariat support”*

Also noteworthy is that the interim GHG emissions trajectory (Schedule 3) remains the same as the October 2021 version i.e. SA’s 2015 “Peak, Plateau and Decline” NDC, which means the Bill is not aiming to comply with our current NDC, but our previous ‘*highly insufficient*’ (as per Climate Action Tracker) NDC.

From here the standard procedure is that the Bill is referred to the Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in the National Assembly. The Minister and officials in the Climate Change directorate within the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment will brief the Committee on the bill. This will be the first time members of the portfolio committee will have engaged with the text of the bill. The portfolio committee will then consider the bill and publish it for public comment.

Kind regards

Brandon Abdinor
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