SA to cut emissions by 34%

2011-08-02 15:35

Pretoria - South Africa hopes to cut its carbon emissions by 34% by 2020, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Tuesday.

Building coal-fired power stations would not affect this, as cutting emissions did not happen in an instant, but required space and time, she told reporters in Pretoria.

The rolling out of renewable sources of energy, including wind, was "well underway".

Cutting emissions would be achieved through "nationally appropriate mitigation actions" in the transport, agriculture and energy sectors.

"The extent to which this commitment is achieved depends on the provision of finance, technology and capacity-building support by developed countries, and through the United Nations climate change regime," she said.

Molewa and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane were briefing journalists about the upcoming climate change conference in Durban.

Nkoana-Mashabane said the country was ready to host the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's 17th Conference of Parties in Durban from November 28 to December 9.

"South Africa is very much on schedule, if not ahead. We are hoping for a balanced outcome, one that is fair, equitable and inclusive," she said of preparations for the conference.

  • Tank24 - 2011-08-02 15:46

    The only way you are going to do that is by teaching all the politicians Sign Language.

      Creeky - 2011-08-02 16:33

      Yep... NOT ANOTHER WORD from the like of Malema... (King of HOT AIR), or JZ, "King of LIP LICKING".... Mantashe, smells like a toilet...

  • HowardX - 2011-08-02 15:51

    Translation: we'll cut emissions if the UN bribes us with enough money. (Not that carbon emissions are even vaguely issue against the African backdrop of famine, disease, war and poverty, but anyway...)

  • jowza - 2011-08-02 16:01

    gag malema and emissions will drop signifigantly

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-08-02 16:13

    We can do even more if politicians drove smaller cars and didn't fly all over the world for goodness knows what.

  • Robbie - 2011-08-02 16:14

    Instead of wasting money on hot air why not focus on current issues like mine pollution and waste issues.

  • Horst - 2011-08-02 16:23

    So, how are we going to do this? Cut power generation by 34%? Stop us from driving our cars? I think this article needs a bit more substance.

      HowardX - 2011-08-02 16:44

      It's simple. All they have to do is sit back and let Malema do his thing and in no time we'll back to the stone age and our emissions will have dropped 99%.

  • HumanKind - 2011-08-02 16:27

    Just get Malema to shut his trap, and you will be halfway there

      Creeky - 2011-08-02 16:34

      95% of the way... if Plumpy shuts up!

  • Gorilla - 2011-08-02 16:38

    Surely SA has more serious issues to worry about at the moment.

  • Henk van Tonder - 2011-08-02 18:31

    That's rich coming from a country that is the number 1 air polluter in the Southern Hemisphere and on the brink of firing up a heap of new coal power stations.

  • FIO - 2011-08-02 18:46

    And how do they propose to do that with more coal fired power stations on the cards? And taxing companies more wont help, all the companies do is pass the extra cost on to the consumer. Its a misnomer ot think that comanies get penalised for envirnmental pollution or transgression, all these penalties and costs simply get transferred to consumer. I guess the problem is not the companies, but consumer demand.

  • Bettyson - 2011-08-02 18:47

    Right.... maybe one day when the coal power stations run on hopes and dreams....

  • FIO - 2011-08-02 20:07

    Here's real reasons why SA wants to cut emissions - they can then tax "excessive" carbon producers (except Eskom and Sasol), tax private vehicles, and big jackpot is trade their carbon points internationally and make more money for government officials and their uncles and aunties, not to mention brothers, sisters, moms, dads, sons and daughters, and dont forget cousins! Its logically impossible to reduce carbon emissions in a growing population and economy. Another scam like CFC's.

      three.d.riki - 2011-08-03 01:30

      You're wrong. My wide and I use less electricity and water (liters / month) today with a 3 year daughter in our house than we did when it was only the two of us ! This is the affect that being aware and consious of your footprint can have not only on a core unit such as a family on on a larger community and eventually a city, a province and a nation. How did we do it?.. By simply being made aware firstly of how much we actually used and then you have a target to aim for

  • Mike - 2011-08-03 07:17

    What about the fires at the squatter camps.We get smoke from them all the time??

  • rynoux.du.preez - 2011-08-04 11:05

    NOTHING viable happened yet since SA signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, so how will Pretoria cut emissions by 34% by 2020? Where is the Government task team assigned to address renewable energy???

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