Three members of the South African Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies’ steering committee have warned that the country’s pursuit of energy self-sufficiency, by relying on fossil fuel extraction, must not come at the cost of South Africa’s “unique biodiversity” and planetary health. They called on Cabinet to show its commitment to sustainability by ramping up the decarbonisation of the power sector, alleging that political and “vested interests” continue to promote fossil fuels, which further delays the switch to renewables.