Posts tagged as GHG

Thabametsi coal plant given go ahead despite staggering climate impacts

On 30 January 2018, Edna Molewa, the minister of environmental affairs, issued a long-awaited decision in relation to the environmental authorisation for the Thabametsi coal-fired power station. The Minister has decided that – despite the undisputed evidence of the significant climate impacts of the power station, and a landmark judgment of the High Court last year, […]

A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy

Despite knowing that both coal mines and coal-fires power stations have a finite life, it speaks to poor planning and the poor implementation of policy in South Africa that nothing has been done to address what comes after or to deal with the need to transition to a lower-carbon economy. Misinformation in statements published by […]

Reducing energy-related emissions in buildings

  There are hundreds of millions of individual buildings in the world, each presenting multiple and diverse energy needs. Thanks to a new standard, ISO 16745, determining and reporting a carbon metric of an existing building, associated with the operation of the building, will become easier and will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Buildings […]

What is the future for fossil fuels in South Africa?

  The Fossil Fuel Foundation held its third electricity conference at the Eskom research and innovation centre in Rosherville, near Johannesburg, recently. The theme of this conference was “Fossil fuels in South Africa – what factors will drive future use?” The event opened with a presentation by Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi, the chief director of energy planning […]

Greenhouse gases to be reduced by 40% by 2030

  The European Council (EC), at its meeting on 24 October 2014, agreed to reduce the EU’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% in 2030 from 1990 levels. These levels will be reviewed in 2020, by which time GHGs should have been reduced by 30%. The EU will submit its contribution, at the latest by the first […]