Recommendations on South Africa's draft updated nationally determined contribution (ndc)

​The NDC is a statement of South Africa’s plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change, as well as how to finance those plans. The NDC focuses in particular on the next decade, and contains targets for emission reductions and climate actions to be undertaken by 2025 and 2030. The NDC will be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the build-up to COP 26 as part of the country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) published its updated draft NDC for public comment, with the view to solicit inputs from all stakeholders before the NDC is approved by Cabinet and submitted to the UNFCCC. The DFFE also conducted stakeholder consultation workshops in each province and with different sectors. As part of this process the PCC was requested by the Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment to conduct public hearings and to make recommendations to government on the draft NDC.


The PCC held hearings on 7th May 2021, at which stakeholders and social partners expressed their views and areas of consensus and disagreement were identified. Further modelling work was undertaken to understand the feasibility and socio-economic implications of different mitigation targets, as well as research on means of support. The Commission considered the stakeholder inputs and the results of the additional research on 4th June 2021 and discussed and agreed on recommendations for the government to consider in the updated NDC.  

This Recommendation Report was handed to the President of the Republic on the 1st of July 2021 and is available to download below



The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) welcomes South Africa’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UNFCCC, reflecting a substantial increase in ambition in line with the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

With its updated NDC, South Africa intends to limit GHG emissions to 398-510 MtCO2e by 2025, and to 350-420 MtCO2e by 2030, significantly lower than the mitigation targets communicated in 2016, and in line with the recommendations proposed by the PCC. These new targets will also see South Africa’s emissions decline in absolute terms from 2025, a decade earlier than planned.