South-Africa-UK PACT Green Hydrogen Economy Project

This project aims to improve job absorption in the future Green Hydrogen Economy in pursuit of a Just Energy Transition as South Africa seeks to reduce its carbon emissions.

It pursues this goal through a Just Labour Transition lens by working with the South African government, industry and the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college system to produce high quality skills for a future hydrogen economy that are matched with a realistic jobs pipeline.

There is growing evidence that South Africa can significantly boost employment along the renewable energy value chain, including the Green Hydrogen Economy.

Aligning the country’s TVET college system with real industry needs (such as sector specific skills and sufficient graduates) will facilitate a Just Labour Transition, where potential job losses in the traditional coal mining industry, for example, are mitigated through the upskilling, retraining and onboarding of workers in the green economy.

The project will offer policy recommendations on a range of interconnected labour and skills transition issues facing government, business, organised labour and civil society.

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UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) is a £60m flagship programme under the International Climate Finance portfolio. It is part of the UK’s £5.8bn commitment to International Climate Finance by 2021 to tackle climate change. The three-year programme (2018-2022) is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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