SA betting carbon capture will make coal a clean energy source

By Keith Campbell –
South Africa’s support for the outcomes of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development does not mean the country is going to turn its back on coal. “As South Africa, we are not about to abandon our coal reserves,” assured Water Affairs and Environment Minister Edna Molewa at a media briefing in Pretoria recently.

“We are not going to throw our coal into the sea,” concurred Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana at the same briefing. “We are going to use clean technologies to improve our coal.” The country is, she added, also going to develop renewable-energy sources, including solar, wind and energy from waste.

Molewa and Xingwana were briefing the media on the South African government’s views regarding the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20 to June 22 and known as Rio+20 for short. (The conference was held 20 years after the original UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which was also held in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio+10 conference was held in Johannesburg in 2002… Read more


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