We are calling on the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to exclude new fossil fuel finance and place climate justice at the centre of the just transition.

#PublicFinance4Climate – Stop funding fossil fuels and invest in a climate-just future!

South Africa is the 13th highest emitter of green house gases and faces some of the worst impacts of the climate crisis. The country’s public finance institution, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, has a mandate for inclusive and sustainable growth to meet our pressing socioeconomic challenges. Yet their continued investment in fossil fuels can be costly and polluting.

Public finance institutions can be powerful forces in driving a just transition to renewable energy away from fossil fuels. They are responsible for investing in a clean energy future with social, economic and climate justice at the heart of the transition.

Continued fossil fuel finances cost the South African budget more in terms of stranded assets and worsening impacts of the climate crisis. We need a people-centred just transition that leaves no worker or community behind.

We are calling on the DBSA to:

  • Publicly commit to stop funding fossil fuels
  • Meaningfully consult with the public on projects practising Free Prior and Informed Consent across their investment portfolio

New investments in fossil fuels will limit South Africa’s ability to effectively tackle the climate crisis. Instead, the country’s public funds and institutions can deliver on a just transition that ensures nobody is left behind towards a low carbon and climate resilient future.

Join us in another bid to stop public investment in fossil fuels by signing the #StopKarpowershipSA petition.
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Ask the DBSA not to fund Thabametsi:

350Africa is calling on the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to publically commit to not funding Thabametsi coal-fired power station.

The impacts of climate change are being felt in South Africa today more than ever, and developing another power plant in a water-stressed region stands to threaten communities living in Lephalale. In order to avoid catastrophic climate change, no new coal infrastructure should be built.

While we welcome the Development Bank’s investments in renewable energy initiatives, these positive steps risk being undermined by support for coal infrastructure. Instead, DBSA can play a bigger role in scaling up action on climate change and delivering on the ambitions that South Africa committed to during the global climate talks held in Paris in 2015.

The Life After Coal campaign has made great strides towards stopping Thabametsi and other coal-fired power station projects from going ahead, and we are joining this struggle, focusing on the institutions financing Thabametsi.

We’re calling on the DBSA to commit to not financing Thabametsi coal-fired power plant. It is an opportunity for them to stand out and be a leader amongst financiers in South Africa, and not waiver from fulfilling their development aims of improving affordable energy access for all South Africans.

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350Africa is calling on the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to publically commit to not funding Thabametsi coal-fired power station because of the devastating effects this will have in Lephalale, Limpopo, South Africa.

Emissions from Thabametsi are going to be far worse than Eskom’s newest coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile, and even worse than some of the country’s older power plants. Thabametsi should not even be considered because it uses some of the most polluting coal-burning technologies, with a contribution to climate change to match. What is worse, is that the effects of coal on many South Africans are insurmountable. Poor health, conflict, broken homes are but some of the effects of coal.

While we applaud the DBSA’s backing of renewable energy initiatives in South Africa, these positive steps run the risk of being undermined by pouring money into projects like Thabametsi. Renewable energy like wind and solar is not only cleaner but cheaper. Renewable energy works.

We’re calling for a shift in South Africa’s energy system and that begins with putting a stop to plans for any new coal infrastructure. This May, your petition will be delivered to the DBSA as part of a wider regional movement for a coal-free Africa.

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