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Air pollution is the world’s most critical environmental health risk. South Africa’s use of fossil fuels produces hundreds of millions of tonnes of emissions annually.
COP26 saw South Africa make a public commitment to greening its economy. But, can non-renewable resources be part of this transition?
The mission of the Department of Energy is to “regulate and transform the sector for the provision of secure, sustainable and affordable energy”.
South Africa’s Low Emission Development Strategy 2050 is the country’s most recent emissions reductions plan.
Experts say that hydrogen is one answer to South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions problem.
South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is the country’s long-term energy plan until 2030. It became official government policy in October 2019.
A fuel cell uses chemical energy from fuels, like hydrogen, propane or diesel, to produce electricity. Fuel cells can use a wide range of fuels and have a wide range of applications.
South Africa suffers from crippling power outages, locally known as load shedding. In the first three months of 2021, load shedding occurred for 650 hours.
A wind turbine works by harnessing the power of the wind to create wind energy. The wind turns large blades around a rotor. This, in turn, powers a generator, which creates electricity.
Load shedding happens when selected sections of South Africa’s electricity grid are shut down. In literal terms, Eskom, the country’s power utility, “sheds” a certain “load” – or amount – of electricity from the national grid.