South Africa’s energy regulators and energy ministers have been sued by environmental activists over a national plan to allow the construction of new coal-fired power plants.
The 1,500 MW coal-fired capacity construction plan is included in the 2019 Power Integrated Resources Plan and the Minister’s decision passed on September 25, last year.
“The new coal-fired power is flying in the face of constitutional rights to an environment that does not harm health and welfare, not only for current generations but also for future generations,” said the Center’s pollution and climate change. Program Director Nicole Loser said. He said in a statement Wednesday for environmental rights, a legal group representing activists.
South Africa relies on coal for more than 80% of its electricity and is the 12th largest source of greenhouse gases in the world.
CER represents GroundWork, Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action and African Climate Alliance. According to the CER, this step was taken because Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe did not comply with the September 17 request.
Earlier this month, Mantache said securing the right to use coal in the new power plant was worth the court battle.
South Africa has filed a proceeding over plans to build a new coal-fired power plant
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