Eskom can only reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 owing to financial woes

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Eskom and Sasol are under pressure to reduce emissions.
Eskom and Sasol are under pressure to reduce emissions.
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Financial woes brought on by years of mismanagement mean Eskom will only be able to reduce its to net zero by 2050 – and it will only achieve 57% compliance with South Africa's Minimum Emission Standards (MES) on air quality, in four years.

Moreover, the cost of retrofitting infrastructure needed to curb emissions is prohibitive, with flue-gas desulphurisation (FGD) technology for its Medupi power station alone expected to cost billions of rands.

Eskom is the country's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases due to its coal-fired power stations, while South Africa is the 12th highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.

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