South Africa is committed to reducing their Greenhouse Gas emissions and meeting its own domestic targets in terms of the National Development Plan of 2012. Having ratified the Paris Agreement in November 2016, convened by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), South Africa has set ambitious targets in a global effort to mitigate GHG emissions. The GHG mandatory reporting regulations and the Carbon Tax Act No. 15 of 2019 are integral in ensuring South Africa’s commitment to tackle Climate Change.
Any person, company or entity who undertakes an activity (above a certain threshold) and is responsible for the release of Greenhouse Gas emissions is required to report on their emissions to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) by the 31 March each year. These activities generally include: