Soil erosion is a serious environmental problem in South Africa, affecting both land and water resources.
South Africa’s cabinet has approved the $8.5 billion (R155 billion) plan to help the country transition away from fossil fuels.
Coal is the world’s dirtiest energy. A just transition from coal mining will profoundly benefit people and the environment.
Time is running out for owners of large buildings to get official energy ratings.
Rural development is vital for South Africa’s sustainable economic future. The farming sector is perhaps the most important, as food security and poverty reduction depend on it.
COP26 saw South Africa make a public commitment to greening its economy. But, can non-renewable resources be part of this transition?
“There are no jobs on a dead planet!” goes the old slogan. Environmental degradation is a serious risk to economic growth.
This phase-down of coal will bring significant changes to South Africa. This makes the need for a just transition away from coal fundamental to ensure no one is left behind.
Despite South Africa’s abundant renewable resources, the government is also planning to increase gas in the country’s energy mix. The plan includes extracting shale gas.
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a greenhouse gas (GHG), more commonly known as laughing gas. While N2O rarely makes headlines, it is a dangerous driver of climate change.
South Africa is no stranger to companies wanting to use offshore drilling to search its coastal waters for oil and gas deposits.
Compressed natural gas (CNG) is natural gas that has been compressed to less than one per cent of its volume. The gas is compressed when it is stored at very high pressures.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling into the earth to inject rocks deep underground with water, chemicals or sand to reach oil or natural gas deposits.
Currently, South Africa is neither a large exporter nor importer of LNG. However, there are now plans in the country to develop this fossil fuel industry.
The South African government has plans to generate more electricity with natural gas.