Mantashe clearly expresses its position on the new energy plans for South Africa

Mantashe clearly expresses its position on the new energy plans for South Africa.. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said the South African government is committed to a ‘just transition’ away from harmful carbon emissions, but will not do so at the expense of economic growth .

Mantashe clearly expresses its position on the new energy plans for South Africa
Mantashe clearly expresses its position on the new energy plans for South Africa—-

 

Addressing the African Energy Week conference in Cape Town on Tuesday, November 9, Mantashe said South Africa had a clear energy policy encompassing all energy sources, including the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan. which acts as a projection of the energy infrastructure built towards the year. 2030 and beyond.

“While we are committed to reducing carbon emissions – even at net zero emissions – we are doing so in the energy reality which ensures national economic growth, development and industrialization,” he said. .

“In this context, all energy sources, concomitant technologies and low-carbon minerals, and an industrial complex sensitive to our development needs, constitute the most appropriate agenda for a just energy transition.

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“In our case, this debate should not further entrench the urban labor reserves that are the legacy of our past. Therefore, the present should not enslave us any further.

Mantashe’s comments come after the US, UK, France, Germany and the European Union last week announced $ 8.5 billion (Rand 127 billion) in funding to help South Africa to move away from coal and ensure that those working in the industry can find greener alternatives to make a living.

“If we say we have to stop fossil fuels, we have to find alternative livelihoods,” Mantashe said. Reuters on the sidelines of the conference. “If we don’t have an alternative economic activity… then we’re going to see more ghost towns in Mpumalanga. “

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Asked about the adverse health effects of mining and burning coal in Mpumalanga, Mantashe said coal provided a livelihood for thousands of people.

“If we starve them to death, is it any healthier?” ” he said.

The future is still coal

Mantashe also upped the ante in his battle to keep a plan to build more coal-fired power plants, saying a court case would be worth it.

“I know we’re going to end up in court for this,” he told Bloomberg at Africa Energy Week in Cape Town on Tuesday. “Whatever we do, you end up in court, but I think we should do it. “

The former coal unionist is at the center of a fight over whether black rock should remain in South Africa’s future energy mix rather than more climate-friendly options.

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Emissaries from the UK, US and European Union visited the country last month to offer billions of dollars in concessional loans and grants to abandon coal projects, although Mantashe did not have not met.

The construction of 1,500 MW of new coal capacity has been included in South Africa’s integrated resource plan and is expected to be maintained, the minister told reporters earlier. This would allow the development of cleaner coal technology that could extend fuel use, he said.

 

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