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GCX assists the Department of Environmental Affairs in verifying climate change impacts of projects

GCX's multidisciplinary team pilots new guidelines to evaluate the climate change impacts of Polices on behalf of the Department of Energy. Technical Director Ohad Schachar tells us a bit more about the project.

folding-rule-1432941_1920GCX is currently engaging with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in piloting the Mitigation Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Guidelines for Policies, Actions and Laws.  This M&E Guideline is one of a series of guidelines that will assist in the effective implementation for the National Climate Change Response Policy (NCCRP) that was published in 2011. The NCCRP represents South Africa’s vision for an effective climate change response and the long-term transition to a climate-resilient, equitable and internationally competitive lower-carbon economy and society.

The M&E Guideline draws on international best practice guidelines developed by the World Resource Institute (WRI), and, at its core, aims to enable policy makers to consistently quantify the climate (greenhouse gas) impacts of any policy that has been implemented or that will be implemented in the future.  In addition, the South African guidelines will also allow for the quantification of additional sustainability indicators other than greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts.

GCX has been assigned with applying the M&E Guidelines to the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) of 1999.  This process involves

  • identifying all the programmes and projects that have occurred due to the implementation of the NWMS,
  • developing causal maps for each project to identify where GHG and non-GHG impacts occur,
  • gathering data for each project,
  • quantifying the impacts

We are excited to be involved in this project that will have far reaching implications for the future climate response of South Africa. Our cross cutting team of waste experts, strategists, greenhouse gas analysts, researchers and project managers, positions us well for the task!

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