“Both climate and Africa are priorities for BCG globally, and that is why we are launching our Centre for Climate & Just Transition in Africa with the purpose of unlocking the full potential of Africa to advance climate action and a just transition,” says Lucas Chaumontet, managing director and partner at BCG, Johannesburg.
Africa – and South Africa – is disproportionately exposed to the risks posed by climate change. Increased climate volatility, rising water scarcity and the occurrence of extreme events such as droughts and floods will have a devastating effect on local livelihoods and regional food systems. The recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal bear testament to this.
The centre will work to address the impact of climate change and accelerate progress toward net-zero while ensuring a just transition by focusing on three key priorities:
“Through the centre, global and local experts from the public and private sectors and across the sustainability spectrum will engage, share knowledge and be able to access a vast library of relevant tools to achieve these aims. By bringing together a full suite of mitigation, adaptation and just transition capabilities to a broad set of industries and governments across the continent, we will be able to accelerate impact in the climate space,” says Chaumontet.