(BN) South Africa Drafting Policy to Manage Climate Change, Emissions


South Africa Drafting Policy to Manage Climate Change, Emissions
2011-01-11 15:44:51.507 GMT

By Lauren van der Westhuizen
Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa, the world's 17th
largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is preparing a white paper
on climate change that will outline the country's strategy to
reduce emissions and manage its contributions to climate change.
"A draft of the white paper will be finalized toward the
end of March and the final document will be published in
April," Irene Koenze, a spokeswoman for the Department of
Environmental Affairs, said in a telephone interview today.
The agency announced in November that it was preparing its
National Climate Change Response Green Paper, and is accepting
public comments through Feb. 11.
South Africa committed at a United Nations summit on
climate change in Copenhagen in 2009 to reduce its greenhouse
gas emissions by 34 percent by 2020, contingent on receiving
sufficient finance, technology and support from the
international community.

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