Posts tagged as coal

On-going air pollution mitigates against proposed NHI

While the South African ministry of health is keen to introduce a national health insurance (NHI) scheme, it seems that such a scheme may be undermined and made more expensive than necessary, should the minister of environmental affairs fail to limit the levels of air pollution produced by the country’s state-owned electricity utility and some […]

Fossil fuel subsidies persist despite calls for climate action

Leaders of G20 countries have failed to phase out nonsensical fossil fuels subsidies, again. Politicians, as everyone knows, say one thing and often do another. For years, many of the global leaders have been saying that fossil fuel subsidies are unhelpful, do great damage to the environment, and cannot be economically justified. But they do […]

Government sued over Eskom’s ongoing air pollution

Environmental groups take government to the High Court over the ongoing violation of people’s Constitutional right to clean air. The groups claim pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power plants in the Highveld Priority Area violates residents’ right to a healthy environment under the South African Constitution. On Friday, 7 June 2019, environmental justice group GroundWork and […]

Barbara Creecy faces first major court action as SA’s new minister of environmental affairs

. Just days after World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June 2019, South Africa’s new Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy, faces a huge wake-up call as environmental justice groups  launch a major legal action demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. On Friday 7 June 2019, groundWork […]

Global energy spending stabilised last year, says IEA

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) annual benchmark for tracking energy investment, World Energy Investment 2019 reports that in 2018, global energy investment stabilised at over US$1,8-trillion after three years of decline. The report provides a full picture of today’s capital flows and what they might mean for tomorrow’s energy sector. It assesses whether the frameworks […]

Open letter on the boiler and mill problems at Medupi and Kusile

. * Mr Alex Ham worked for Eskom for 30 years, where he held the position of Chief Engineer: Power Station Design. During this period, he was responsible for the overall design of Eskom’s Lethabo, Majuba, Matimba and Kendal power stations. During the latter part of his career, he was appointed Executive Director: Technology. He […]

Standard Bank withdraws funding of new coal IPP projects in SA

. Further to information received from reliable sources last year, and published by EE Publishers in an article in September 2018, Standard Bank has now explicitly confirmed to EE Publishers in writing that “as things stand presently, Standard Bank is not involved in the financing of either the Thabametsi or Khanyisa [new coal IPP] projects”. […]

Clean energy powers healthcare facilities

With the increasing pressure to lower carbon emissions, the use of coal-fired equipment is phasing out. As part of the Green Initiative, the South African government has been encouraging and supporting alternative fuel options. Natural gas is one of the best options, being both effective and environmentally friendly. CNG Holdings, through its Virtual Gas Network […]

The sorry state of air pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power stations

. With all the emphasis currently focused on Eskom’s financial and operational sustainability and future structure, the utility’s environmental performance and sustainability is inevitably neglected, and indeed has become the sacrificial lamb on the altar of the money gods. In October 2018, an analysis and study of Eskom’s own air pollution monitoring reports, commissioned by […]

New pressures on Eskom’s plant performance and energy availability factor

. New pressures on Eskom’s generation plant performance and energy availability factor (EAF) are making themselves felt at Medupi, Kusile and a number of other coal-fired power stations, as a key Eskom contractor and service provider runs into severe financial difficulties. It has been established that Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) has been unable to pay […]