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South Africa is ready
to cut its growth of carbon emissions if it gets financial and technological
support.

Marianne Bom07/12/2009 13:45

Just before the opening of the UN
climate conference in Copenhagen on Monday, South Africa announced that it is
ready to cut the growth of its carbon emissions by 34 percent by 2020 and 42
percent by 2025 if it gets aid from developed countries to achieve its goals. 

"This level of effort enables South Africa’s emissions to peak between
2020 and 2025, plateau for approximately a decade, and decline in absolute
terms thereafter," South Africa’s presidency said in a statement released
on the South African Press Association PR wire, Bloomberg reported. 

"This undertaking is conditional on firstly, a fair, ambitious and
effective agreement… and secondly, the provision of support from the
international community, and in particular finance, technology and
support," the South African statement continued, according to BBC News. 

South Africa generates almost all of its electricity from coal, Bloomberg said.