main task of the Designated National Authority (DNA)
is to assess potential CDM projects to determine whether they
will assist South Africa in achieving its sustainable development
goals and to issue formal host country approval where this is
The DNA for South Africa was established in late 2004. At present,
its focus is on the approval process for potential CDM projects.
However, it will also provide support to project developers
and play a part in promoting South Africa as an attractive location
for potential CDM investors.
regulations establishing the Designated National Authority
(DNA) for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
in South Africa were gazetted on 22 July 2005.
According to the regulations, the responsibilities of the DNA
are allocated to the Director-General of the Department of Minerals
and Energy, who shall perform all such powers, duties and functions
of the DNA, and may delegate any power conferred on that authority
by these regulations to one or more officials in the Department
of Minerals and Energy.
full document of the gazetted regulations No R. 721 for
the Establishment of the Designated National Authority for the
Clean Development Mechanism, under section 25(3) of National
Environmental Management 1998 Act 107 (NEMA).
|Project approval by the host country is one of the pre-requisites of international registration of a potential CDM project with the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. Assessment of projects for host country approval is the primary role of the Designated National Authority (DNA). Scope of this approval is limited to assessing the voluntary participation of South Africa in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) - and the contribution of projects to the sustainable development of the country.
the full approval process document.