Welcome to the Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index, where Earth.Org examines the policies and actions regarding the environment of every nation on earth. Combining the most respected global indexes on pollution, climate change, policy, energy, oceans, biodiversity we have produced an overall Global Index, which will be updated annually. This is the Global Sustainability Index scorecard for South Africa.

South Africa’s energy mix is powered mostly by coal- about 77% of the country’s primary energy needs are provided by coal. Coal-fired power plants account for almost half of the country’s carbon emissions, which has resulted in South Africa warming at a rate twice the global average and making droughts more extreme and frequent. 

Its Integrated Resource Plan commits to reducing the country’s reliance on coal for energy, however investments in coal continue and under current policies, South Africa will not meet its targets for reducing carbon emissions by 2030.

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Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking image description: South Africa Rankings – Policy: 106, Pollution: 142, Climate Change: 36, Oceans: 100, Biodiversity: 103, Energy: 48, Earth.Org Global Sustainability Index Ranking 218.