South Africa: Carbon tax to have low impact

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Report summary

The South African government plans to introduce a carbon tax of US$13 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) from 1 January 2015. This tax will rise by 10% per annum but includes a tax free threshold for actual emissions of up to 70%. In 2015, we estimate that the South African coal industry will pay a total of US$26 million in carbon taxes, increasing to US$169 million in 2025, after the tax free threshold has been removed. We expect the impact of the carbon tax on cash costs and...

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Carbon tax by 2015
  • Small impact on cost and NPV
  • Economic assumptions

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  • CO2-e assumptions by coalfield (kt CO2-e per million raw tonnes of coal mined)
  • South Africa: Carbon tax to have low impact: Table 2


  • Total carbon tax payments for the coal industry
  • Reduction in net present value (NPV), top ten companies

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