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Gracelin Baskaran on how environmental policies may impact South African trade

7 January 2024

One month after COP28, we record our first podcast of 2024. As the global economy is becoming more mindful of climate change and the importance of reducing carbon emissions, we are reminded that South Africa is one of the most carbon and emissions intensive economies in the world. In this podcast, ERSA’s host sits down with Gracelin Baskaran, who is the Research Director and Senior Fellow for the Energy Security and Climate Change program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. Together, they discuss how three environmental policies from the USA and EU, will impact South Africa’s trade going forward. Unless South Africa adapts to accommodate these environmental policies, it stands to lose $12,9 billion worth of GDP. How does South Africa rank internationally with respect to green production? Which industries will be impacted by these policies? What must South Africa, as an export-led economy, do to ensure sustainable long term trade growth? And what are the recommendations to policy makers? Gracelin provides practical answers and shares some insightful fun facts that are not to be missed! We hope you enjoy!

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Gracelin Baskaran on how environmental policies may impact South African trade
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