The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement cannot overturn the collective agreement by the world’s governments to do what is needed to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Ahead of the G20 meeting in July, climate change, global inequality and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals were high on the agenda of civil society’s discussions.
Although mini electrical grids aren’t widely used in Southern Africa, a pilot project outside Cape Town is testing if these can be a financially sustainable off-grid way to address energy poverty here, writes Leonie Joubert.
Introducing more renewable energy into the energy mix of African countries is urgently needed to reduce our carbon emissions and avoid the extreme impacts of runaway climate change. This starts with transitioning from a bulk of electricity being generated by fossil fuels such as coal and oil to an energy mix dominated by sustainable, low-carbon and environment-friendly energy sources: renewable energies, particularly wind and solar energy.
The rapidly escalating price of electricity in this country has far-ranging consequences from the poorest households to the biggest industries. Eskom wants the energy regulator to consider a tariff increase without the public utility supplying the statutory minimum information requirements. What is Eskom trying to hide?