Concerns over the impact of climate change has accelerated the global shift away from coal and towards the use of alternative energy sources. As a coal rich country, the call to turn to renewable energy has caused consternation among stakeholders in the country, especially communities whose livelihoods are directly linked to coal mining. While the comprehensive uptake of renewables as part of the energy mix seems inevitable, it is crucial to ensure that the transition is just and inclusive. Issues to consider include ways of restructuring work and maximizing the employment potential of energy alternatives, mitigating job losses in the coal mining value chain and catering for the country’s short-, medium- and long-term energy security needs.
What measures should be taken to ensure the transition to green energy is beneficial to local communities?