Posts tagged as environment

Rooftop PV system saves money, environment

The 1 MW rooftop solar PV system which Siemens installed at its head office in Midrand a few years ago is returning good results. The company reports that the amount of electricity the company buys from the local utility has halved and that the 140 kWh battery provides sufficient power so that the onsite diesel […]

SA biogas conference generates renewed interest

The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA) hosted its fourth National Biogas Conference at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in Hatfield, Pretoria recently. Under the general theme of “Building a Market for Biogas”, the conference discussed green energy, market development, the environment and climate change, and drivers for innovation in the biogas industry, with particular […]

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 […]

Impacts and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref

. A new study report on the air quality and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref in and around South Africa’s Highveld Priority Area (HPA) provides shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organisations to the environment and to human health. The study report by Dr Gray is […]

Independent research reveals extent of Eskom’s violation of air quality laws

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) commissioned a study in late-2018 to assess Eskom’s state of (non)compliance with its air emission licences (AELs). It was found that – in its own monthly emission reports over a 21-month period – Eskom revealed nearly 3200 exceedances of its daily AEL limits for particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide […]

Where are we on the road to clean energy?

Tracking energy transition indicators of both outcomes (e.g. CO2 emissions) and underlying drivers (e.g. clean energy investment) is important for developing a clear understanding of how far we’ve come, while additionally propelling further ambition and action. As the adage goes, “that which is measured, improves”. All around the world, sustainable energy transitions are underway. But […]

An assessment of new coal plants in South Africa’s electricity future

.  An important new research report by Gregory Ireland and Jesse Burton, of the Energy Research Centre (ERC), University of Cape Town, was published on 30 May 2018. The report assesses the cost, emissions and supply security implications of South Africa’s coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme which was launched in 2014 in line with […]

Thabametsi climate impact assessment reveals staggering greenhouse gas emissions

  The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) could be giving the go-ahead for what will be one of the most greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensive coal-fired power stations, not only in South Africa, but in the world. Its GHG emissions are likely to be 60% higher than Eskom’s new Medupi and Kusile coal plants. This […]