Sir David King, the UK Foreign Secretary’s permanent Special Representative for Climate Change, will visit South Africa from 10-12 April 2016.
His visit will focus on the Mission Innovation agreement as a follow up to the COP21 discussions in Paris in 2015. In June this year, Mission Innovation’s 20 signatory states, of which the UK is one, will collectively commit to a framework for doubling investment in renewable energy research and development to $20 billion over five years. This public and private finance is a critical component for increasing the momentum of the uptake of renewables, and plays a key role in improving access to energy, energy security, and socioeconomic development.
There will be a strong overarching economic and business focus to the visit with Sir David meeting members of the business community and South African government.