Posts tagged as pollution

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 […]

Plastic waste to energy converter solves pollution problem

Recor says its “swallow all” technology can convert waste into electricity, gas, heat, steam and even liquid fuels. The company says it has developed a world first containerised solution that delivers stored power and water from any type of waste. This is ideal for disaster relief programmes, remote off-grid communities, islands, war zones, etc. Apparently […]

Eskom’s “licence to kill” must be revoked

Eskom’s latest attempt to avoid pollution standards has been met with vigorous opposition. The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign (the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), groundWork, and Earthlife Africa), the Highveld Environmental Justice Alliance Network (HEJN), and the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) submitted strongly worded opposition to Eskom’s latest round of applications for […]

Satellite data places air pollution in focus

With air quality a serious environmental health problem, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is tasked with mapping air pollutants around the entire globe every day. This new mission has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July 2018, and now other pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have been added to […]

Air quality rules may force Eskom to close power stations

Proposed new air quality rules will force Eskom to comply with pollution standards or shut down its polluting power stations. Most of Eskom’s ageing coal power stations cause severe air pollution, which contribute to the deaths and ill-health of thousands of South Africans every year. Despite this, Eskom has thus far been let off the […]

Diesel standby generators and the environment  

Diesel standby plant has an impact on the environment and is subject to regulations governing noise levels and emissions. The diesel standby plant (DSP) forms an essential part of the electricity supply network and appears in many forms and in many places. In the past, the DSP was common at high-reliability sites such as telecommunications […]

More nuclear power in China

The World Nuclear Association released a report on China’s electricity generating plans recently. The report – of which this is an extract – states that most of mainland China’s electricity is produced from fossil fuels, predominantly from coal – 73% in 2015. Two large hydro projects are recent additions: Three Gorges of 18,2 GWe and Yellow […]

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, […]