A powerful new strategy to shape SA’s energy future

Business Day 21 August 2012.

THE National Development Plan, presented to President Jacob Zuma in Parliament last week, sets out steps to transform South Africa’s energy system. By 2030, coal will contribute proportionately less to primary energy needs, while gas and renewable energy resources — especially wind, solar and imported hydroelectricity — will play a much larger role.

Energy powers economic development and contributes to the welfare of citizens. But these benefits need to be accomplished within the bounds of environmental sustainability. About 80% of our greenhouse gas emissions are from the energy sector, mainly electricity production from coal…