Renewables way to go, says Greenpeace

Press release - October 8, 2010
Johannesburg, October 8 2010- - Greenpeace urges the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Energy (IMC) to consider an energy mix which among others calls for a nuclear free energy future. This follows the approval of the release of the Executive Summary, and the Medium Term Risk Mitigation Plan (MTRM) for Electricity in South Africa - 2010 to 2016 of the draft IRP 2010 for public comment.

As Greenpeace’s Nkopane Maphiri states, “the proposed balanced scenario will do very little to foster robust investments in the renewable technologies. Research has shown that renewables will deliver a comprehensive win for energy security, for our economy and for our climate. The choices we make in the development of the energy sector affect our standard of living, our environment, and our economy, today and in the future.”

The Greenpeace Energy [R]evolution makes a credible case for renewable energy supplies of 75% by 2050, and the current scenarios fall far too short of this possible target. (1)

The potential green jobs that could be created in the Energy [R]evolution scenario- 78,000 new jobs in less than 20 years- will be compromised if the proposed balanced scenario carries.

Greenpeace therefore calls on the committee to consider the comprehensive submission from Greenpeace and other Civil Society groups on the possible solutions for the energy mix. Nuclear power cannot be a paet of that as it is an expensive and dangerous energy source that blocks climate solutions.

The Integrated Resource Plan 2 (IRP2) is a significant determinant of the structure of our electricity sector for the next 25 years, and will outline the effort South Africa puts into energy efficiency. The choices South Africa’s government make now will affect the future of every single citizen for a long time.

For more information contact:

Fiona Musana, Communications Director Greenpeace Africa: +27 (0) 795129381
Nkopane Maphiri, Climate and Energy Campaigner: +27 (0) 725608666

Notes to Editors:

1. For a full copy of the report please go to http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/sagreenjobs