South Africa

Status under International Climate Change Law

  • UNFCCC: signature (15 June 1993) and ratification (29 Aug 1997)
  • KP: ratification (31 July 2002)
    Quantified emission limitation or reduction commitment: NA
  • Vienna Convention: accession (15 Jan 1990)
  • Montreal Protocol: accession (15 Jan 1990)
  • Energy Charter: NA
  • Espoo Convention: NA

Federal Laws on Climate Change


Air Protection


Forests and Land Use

Environmental Impact Assessment


Local, State, and Regional Legislation and Initiatives
Government Documents

Factual Matters

Secondary Sources

Summaries of legislation compiled from Nachmany, M., et al. 2014. “The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study: A Review of Climate Change Legislation in 66 Countries. Fourth Edition.” London: GLOBE International and the Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics.

Updated as of: January 13, 2015