SA committed to take necessary action to tackle climate change: Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is committed to taking the necessary actions to tackle climate change while supporting the local economy.

The President was giving an opening address at Anglo American launch of the world’s first hydrogen-powered mining truck in Mogalakwena mine in Limpopo, on Friday.

Ramaphosa recently linked the flooding in parts of KwaZulu-Natal in April to climate change. More than 400 people were killed, and billions of rands were lost.

Ramaphosa described the unveiling of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck as a milestone.

“Once plans to convert diesel power fleet with nuGen technology come into fruition, Anglo could move to 80% of diesel emissions at open pits mines. As a key to Paris agreement to combat climate change, SA is committed to take the necessary actions to transition our economy along with a low carbon climate resilient inclusive path,” adds President Ramaphosa.

President Ramaphosa unveils Anglo American’s hydrogen-powered mine Haul Truck:

President Ramaphosa says the massive nuGen hydrogen-powered truck brings mining company Anglo American closer to achieving its goals of carbon neutrality across all its operations by 2040.

Anglo American recently made pledges to assist the country to achieve a cleaner energy future at the South Africa Investment Conference.

The ultra-class truck – the largest such vehicle in operation – will be able to carry 290 tonnes of rock.