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Eskom seeks to deepen South Africa's air pollution crisis

May 2020

15 May 2020, Johannesburg — Media reported today that Eskom is seeking to delay the closure of three of its ancient coal-fired power stations – Grootvlei, Camden and Hendrina. In…

Greenpeace Africa disgusted by Dr Khumalo's comments on radio amid pandemic

April 2020

02 April 2020, Johannesburg — This morning, South Africa’s National Air Quality Officer (NAQO), Dr Thuli Khumalo, appeared on SAFM to discuss the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ last-minute…

SA government gazettes approval for air pollution increases

March 2020

Johannesburg, 28 March 2020 — Barbara Creecy, Minister of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries this week gazetted the doubling of the minimum emissions standards for Sulphur Dioxide (SO2),…

Ramaphosa waking up to the future: Greenpeace Africa

March 2020

04 March 2020, Johannesburg — On Tuesday, Ramaphosa expressed interest to the media in the idea of selling off Eskom’s ageing fleet of coal-fired power stations. In response, Happy Khambule,…

Anti-air pollution activists released without charge pending further investigation

February 2020

Centurion, 17 February, 2020 – Ten anti-air pollution activists have been released on bail by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court after being held overnight at the Sunnyside Police Station. The activists…

UPDATE: Arrested Greenpeace Africa activists to appear at Pretoria Magistrate's Court

February 2020

Pretoria, 17 Feb 2020 – Ten Greenpeace Africa activists are waiting to appear this morning at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. The team of activists were arrested yesterday afternoon after running…

Greenpeace Africa activists demand Clean Air Now at international T20 cricket match

February 2020

Centurion, 16 February 2020 — This afternoon, at least six Greenpeace Africa activists wearing superhero costumes leapt onto the SuperSport Park cricket field during the international T20 match between England…

Greenpeace Africa on floods across the continent: “Without Climate Action we’ll be queuing for Noah’s Ark”

November 2019

Nairobi, 5 November 2019 – With floods hitting at least 16 African countries [1], Greenpeace Africa urges leaders to act for the people and against climate change. Rains have increasingly…

Environmental justice organisations condemn SA’s plans for more coal electricity

October 2019

In the wake of a new bout of load-shedding, the long-overdue Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) was finally published for implementation today – following nearly a year of deliberations,…

Greenpeace responds to Eskom’s claims of loadshedding if it complies with air quality legislation

September 2019

Johannesburg, 5 September, 2019 — Responding to statements made to the media by Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer, where he warned that blackouts might be an outcome of complying…

Greenpeace responds to Ramaphosa's statements at G7 Summit

August 2019

29 August 2019, Johannesburg — President Cyril Ramaphosa made comments at the G7 summit this week calling for international political players to rally with South Africa in mitigating climate change.…

The Airpocalypse explained

August 2019

It is no exaggeration to say that South Africa has toxic, filthy air. This is particularly true in the Highveld, Vaal and Waterberg, where the Department of Environment, Forestry and…

Mpumalanga SO2 pollution as bad as NO2, new study finds

August 2019

Johannesburg, 19 August 2019 – NASA satellites have found the Kriel area in Mpumalanga to be a global hotspot for deadly sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions. A new study commissioned by…

#NOTINMYCOUNTRY: Celebrating Kenya's Victory Against Coal

July 2019

Kenya is endowed with an abundance of renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and biomass. The renewable energy sector in Kenya is among the most active in…

The airpocalypse in the room: Greenpeace Africa responds to budget vote speeches

July 2019

11 July 2019, Johannesburg — Today, Minister Gwede Mantashe delivered his budget vote speech for the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and Minister Barbara Creecy delivered her budget vote…

Not in Our Country! Kenyans Denounce Plans to Build East Africa’s First Coal- Fired Power Plant

June 2019

Nairobi, 28 June 2019 – Greenpeace Africa and members of the deCOALonize coalition have today met with Chinese Ambassador Wu Peng. This was a follow up on the letter delivered…

National Environmental Tribunal cancels licence for Lamu Coal Plant

June 2019

NET orders proponents to cease construction and undertake a new environmental and social impact assessment. Ruling invalidates the project’s current ESIA licence. Nairobi 26th June – Lamu residents were today…

Coal Kills: Activists in Kenya Shout it Out Loud

June 2019

It’s a cold morning in Nairobi as Kenyan citizens head to their respective jobs in a bid to build the nation. In the capital’s ‘Uhuru Park’ at the Freedom Corner…

Ramaphosa leaves South Africans in the dark about how much more Eskom will cost

June 2019

19 June 2019, Johannesburg — It was widely anticipated that President Cyril Ramaphosa would announce further governmental support for ailing power utility, Eskom, at the President’s State of the Nation…

The Government’s Media Briefing Exposes Greed: Greenpeace

June 2019

Nairobi, 20 June 2019 –The government spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna today, called a media briefing and issued a  statement on the controversial Lamu Coal Power Plant. Colonel Oguna alluded…

Greenpeace: 2019-20 Budget Fails to Cater For Kenyan’s Electricity Needs

June 2019

Nairobi, 14 June 2019 –Responding to the budget speech by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Campaign Manager, Renee Olende has said: “The Ministry of Energy has failed…

Greenpeace Africa and Partners Demand a Stop to Coal Investments in Kenya

June 2019

Nairobi, 12 June 2019 – Communities from Lamu and Kitui together with Greenpeace Africa and members of the deCOALonize coalition have today handed over letters to the Ministry of Energy…

Greenpeace Africa presents roadmap for a stumbling Eskom

June 2019

Johannesburg, 11 June 2019 — As Eskom’s debt approaches a staggering R500bn and South Africa’s economy contracts, the urgency of a business model revamp for the utility could not be…

Celebrating World Environment Day: Beating air pollution by breaking free from plastic

June 2019

“We celebrate when we see blue sky and share pictures with each other on WeChat” (China). “Little kids with chronic respiratory illnesses are the norm here, not the rarity” (India).…

'Clean air isn't a luxury; it's a basic human right': Greenpeace

June 2019

Johannesburg, 5 June 2019 – This World Environment Day we face the reality that more than 9 out of 10 people globally are breathing unsafe air. “Clean air isn’t a…

Greenpeace: "We told you so!"

May 2019

Johannesburg, 20 May 2019 – Responding to news reports that Eskom has a received a new bill for R36 billion for unforseen costs at Kusile, which the utility is “shocked”…

South Africa's uncertain energy future - lessons from Germany

April 2019

Germany is well known for its phase-out of nuclear energy that began as a response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Now, the powerhouse of the European Union has finally…

Greenpeace: Millions of jobs up for grabs in renewable energy transition

April 2019

Johannesburg, 9 April 2019 – At least 4.7 million jobs will be created by 2050 across energy sectors in Africa through a shift to renewable energy according to a new…

Greenpeace condemns Eskom decision to complete Kusile

April 2019

Johannesburg, 3 April 2019 — At today’s Eskom Electricity Supply press briefing, Eskom Board Chair Jabu Mabuza stated that, after analysis, the construction of Medupi and Kusile will be completed…

Greenpeace Africa welcomes Eskom’s investments in renewable energy

April 2019

02 April 2019, Johannesburg — In response to news that Eskom has signed a $180 million deal with the New Development Bank for the Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Augmentation…

Global Air Pollution Map: Ranking the World's Worst SO2 and NO2 Emission Hotspots

March 2019

Greenpeace’s updated analysis of a full year of TROPOMI NO2 satellite data and other scientific datasets confirms that the coal-fired power plant and industrial cluster in Mpumalanga is the world’s…

Air quality and health impacts of ESKOM’s planned non-compliance with South African Minimum Emission Standards

March 2019

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…

A spark of sanity

March 2019

Johannesburg, 20 March 2019 — Responding to Jabu Mabuza’s announcement at yesterday’s system update media briefing that Eskom is considering whether or not to complete construction of both Medupi and…

Latest satellite data reveals Mpumalanga is the world’s largest power plant emission hotspot, ranked fourth overall

March 2019

Johannesburg, 19 March 2019 – In October 2018, Greenpeace released a groundbreaking analysis of satellite data from 1 June to 31 August 2018, which showed Mpumalanga is the world’s worst…

Activists scale statues to draw attention to deaths caused by Eskom's air pollution

March 2019

Johannesburg, 14 March 2019 — Activists from Greenpeace Africa scaled several iconic statues across Johannesburg and Pretoria this morning to demand action on air pollution. The activists fitted the statues with emergency…

Review of a Report Providing Health Impact Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of Eskom activities

March 2019

The objectives of this review are to assess the methods used in a report undertaken to inform a cost-benefit analysis of additional pollution controls carried out for the South African…

Eskom intentionally misleads the public and decision-makers

March 2019

11 March 2019, Johannesburg — Today, Greenpeace Africa has released a scientific review[1] of Eskom’s own cost-benefit analysis for its proposed postponement and/or suspension from compliance with the Minimum Emission…

Further steps in the right direction

March 2019

Johannesburg, 1 March 2019 — In response to news that Eskom has decommissioned three units of Hendrina power station in Mpumalanga, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, Melita…

Finance Minister misleads South Africa

February 2019

Johannesburg, 22 February 2019 — Responding to the news that the total amount of Eskom’s bailout is in fact R150 billion: R23 billion over ten years, instead of R23 billion…

Greenpeace Africa responds to Budget Speech

February 2019

Johannesburg, 21 February 2019 — In response to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s announcement during the 2019 Budget speech that Eskom will be granted a R69 billion bailout over three years…

Cancellation of Kusile the only option: Greenpeace Africa

February 2019

Johannesburg, 14 February 2019 — In response to Eskom’s admission that Medupi and Kusile power stations continue to show a lack of reliability and are not contributing meaningfully to Eskom’s…

Ramaphosa takes big step in the right direction

February 2019

Johannesburg, 7 February 2019 — In response to the President’s State of the Nation Address, Greenpeace Africa’s Political Advisor, Happy Khambule, has said: “Greenpeace Africa welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement…

Eskom cannot be given a new licence to kill

February 2019

Johannesburg, 4 February 2019 — Today, Greenpeace Africa submitted comments to Naledzi Environmental Consultants [1] opposing Eskom’s application for postponements and suspensions [2] from complying with South Africa’s Minimum Emission…

Eskom continues to derail into delusion and disaster

January 2019

Johannesburg, 30 January 2019 – Recent media reports in South Africa have indicated that Eskom continues to decline in tangibly frightening ways. In the last day, local media have reported…

South Africa encouraged to take note: German Coal Commission releases plan for a coal phase-out by 2035 - 2038

January 2019

Johannesburg, 29 January, 2019 — The German Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment (known also as the Coal Commission) has agreed to a coal phase-out plan for Germany. This…

Mpumalanga community's courage commended by Greenpeace Africa

January 2019

Johannesburg, 28 January 2019 – Greenpeace Africa celebrates the North Gauteng High Court’s refusal to hear Atha-Africa Ventures’ application to appeal a decision barring them from establishing a 15-year mine…

Mass Climate March, December 8th in Johannesburg

December 2018

Johannesburg, 6 December 2018 — As the United Nations Framework Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations take place in Katowice, Poland, Earthlife Africa JHB – supported by Greenpeace Africa, the Campaign for…

Rapid investments in renewable energy the most obvious solution to load shedding

December 2018

South Africa, Johannesburg, 5 December 2018 — As Eskom once again implements rotational load-shedding – which may go on for years – in South Africa, Climate and Energy Campaigner for…

Department of Environment in denial of air pollution crisis in South Africa

November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa, 21 November 2018 — It comes as no surprise that the Department of Environmental Affairs has taken the position of defending mega-polluters on air pollution in…

Greenpeace Africa invited to present NO2 findings to SA Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs

November 2018

As a result of Greenpeace’s groundbreaking analysis of satellite data, the South African Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs has invited Greenpeace Africa to present on the findings of this report…