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Complaint over SA’s lack of greenhouse gas emissions targets

The government has been accused of failing to set targets for greenhouse gas emissions.

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CAPE TOWN - Civil society groups have lodged a complaint with the Public Protector over government's failure to set targets for greenhouse gas emissions.

The Alternative Information and Development Centre, a group of civil society organisations, wants the Public Protector to look into government's lack of action since the National Climate Response White Paper was published in 2011.

The centre's researcher Richard Worthington says none of the desired emissions reduction outcomes, as outlined in the document, have been met.

"It includes saying that within two years we should have figured out what our desired emission reduction outcomes are, in order words what we think our greenhouse gas emissions would need to be brought down to."

Worthington says they've tried to engage with government on this but they've received no answers.

"Particularly the inter-ministerial committee on climate change, because we know there are officials in government trying hard. But if there isn't an inter-ministerial committee providing the coordination that the policy calls for, then a whole raft of investments are put at risks because of the uncertainty."