Govt Announces SA Energy Plan for Next 20 Years

Greenpeace responds...

Feature story - March 30, 2011
According to the Policy Adjusted Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP2010), just released, the country's energy mix will include 9,600MW of nuclear power, and two of the biggest coal-fired power stations in the world (Medupi and Kusile) -- Not good!

Eathlife Africa protest: Nuclear is not the answer!

Greenpeace repeats its call for the South African government to abandon its decision to build 6 new nuclear power stations over the next 20 years. Rather it should be increasing its clean energy ambitions – the only way to create a sustainable future the country so clearly needs.

Although the government proudly presents a substantial increase in renewables, clean energy will actually only account for a fifth of the country's energy supply by 2030. Doubling this ambition would mean a huge increase in the potential for job creation, and the growth of local renewable energy industries.

The plan's inclusion of new nuclear power to the SA's energy mix is absurd, especially in light of the nuclear impacts being felt by the Japanese. "The IRP itself admits that higher nuclear costs could increase the price of electricity – nuclear energy investments will mean increased financial and safety risks for South Africans” said Melita Steele, Greenpeace Africa climate campaigner.

“Greenpeace believes that with more ambitious investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, Kusile does not need to be built and nuclear energy can be phased out completely”.

"South Africa must quit its addiction to coal and nuclear, and instead embrace a green development pathway based firmly on renewable energy. This is the only way to the sustainable future South Africans deserve."