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Coal Transition seminar: export risks and worker transition

UCT, 16 Sept from 1-2pm.



The Energy Systems Research group invites you to a lunchtime seminar on 

South Africa’s coal transition: export risks and managing worker transitions, 16 September, 1pm. 

Coal is an important part of South Africa’s energy economy. However, shifting market dynamics, air pollution concerns, and climate change policy could result in reduced demand for South Africa’s coal in major markets, with profound effects on the economy, workers, and coal communities. Join the Energy Systems Research Group at the University in Cape Town for a seminar presenting research on the long-term risks facing South Africa’s coal exports and on options for managing the coal transition for coal workers.

Simon Nicholas will launch IEEFA’s  South African Coal Exports Outlook

Jules Schers will present research on Managing the coal transition for workers in South Africa: scenario analysis of age cohorts & skills profiles of coal workers 

Lecture theatre 11, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town, 1-2pm

Simon Nicholas is an energy finance analyst at IEEFA and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, with 16 years experience within the finance industry at ABN Amro, Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in both Sydney and London.

Jules Schers is a visiting researcher at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He studies the socio-economic implications of climate change mitigation policies. His current research topics are economic implications of transitioning away from coal as well as long term economic modelling of household demand



Best wishes



Jesse Burton


Energy systems, economics, and policy group

University of Cape Town

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