Eskom is applying for wide-ranging postponements and suspensions from South Africa’s Minimum Emission Standards (MES) that would allow it to operate its entire existing fleet without even rudimentary controls for three of the most dangerous pollutants emitted from coal-fired power plants: SO2, NOx, and mercury.

As Eskom’s coal-fired power plants are among the largest sources of air pollutant emissions in South Africa and globally, the air quality and health impacts of failing to comply with the emission standards are potentially very significant.

Download the report here: Air quality and health impacts of ESKOM’s planned non-compliance with South African Minimum Emission Standards