South Africa is a major contributor to greenhouse gases on the African continent and thus it has become more and more essential to move towards a greener economy. Stellenbosch University (SU) has the expertise to lead the way through research and innovation, and has already done cutting-edge research on, for instance, renewable energy. Leading the field in the move towards a carbon-neutral university, Stellenbosch University has launched a new School for Climate Studies in 2021. This is the first school of its kind in South Africa that has the status of a faculty.
The School will create transdisciplinary capacity to combine the climate-related knowledge systems of our faculties, the public sector's climate policies and initiatives, the private sector's climate redress and innovation capacities and the social impact mission of SU in both academic and applied ways – all in support of the transition to a climate-resilient society and a sustainable, low-carbon economy.