Category Archives: Energy

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Counting the costs: coal

In this three-part series we take a look at the hidden costs of coal, fracking and nuclear. Today we look at coal and its impacts on the environment and health of communities.

Coal-fired power stations produce over half of the world’s 2 190 tonnes of mercury that are pumped into the atmosphere every year! Continue reading

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Civil society meet to discuss sustainable energy future for all

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This year Project 90 undertook to organise a Energy caucus – a national civil society platform working to create a vision for sustainable energy solutions in South Africa. The purpose was to ensure that in this crucial year of energy policy decision-making, Energy Civil Society Organisations would have the opportunity to spend two days together to pool their insights and concerns into a collective strategy for positively influencing the Energy policy decision-making space in the short term. Continue reading

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Making sustainable jobs a reality

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When different types of power generation technologies are debated, the creation of jobs is always an important consideration, particularly in South Africa where unemployment is high.

Brenda Martin, Project 90’s founding director, takes a closer look at the jobs that will be created in SA’s planned nuclear programme and makes the case that renewable energy solutions offer sustainable and better job opportunities because they can be locally created, long-term, distributed all over the country and can directly benefit women and poor communities.

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Power up! A Just energy transition for the south

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Project 90 has been busy planning an international conference which will begin in Cape Town next week. Participants from Brazil, India and South Africa will come together for a week to discuss their vision for a beautiful, smart and realistic energy supply for the South by 2030.

Henning Brand, our volunteer from Sweden, has been the lead organiser of the conference and he reflects what we aim to achieve. Continue reading

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Meeting the need: the supply side of the equation

I hope you have enjoyed reading the fact sheets from the Smart Electricity Report. This series of Fact Files has shown that South Africa doesn’t need as much investment in old-style electricity generation technology as the government is planning to build. With good energy efficiency and conservation measures, and installing renewable energy, the country’s energy needs can be met.

Today we present the last fact sheet which looks at why a decentralised energy mix is a viable and preferable alternative.
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SA must do more with the same for its future electricity supply

Project 90 is delighted that the recent publication of the Smart Electricity Report is receiving a lot of media coverage. Business Day Live recently published an article written by Robert Fischer about the report, which you can read on our blog. Continue reading

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Pasta a la carbon-ara

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Have you ever found yourself wondering what the most environmentally friendly way to cook pasta might be? Gary has. It may seem like an odd thing to wonder about, but think about it: there are a number of different ways to get a pot of water on the boil in the typical home e.g. the kettle, gas or electric hob, solar cooker… Alongside this, he has also been interested in the difference in carbon impacts of gas and electric stoves, so he bundled these ponderings together, put together a few experiments and his results were very surprising… Continue reading