Finance and Policy Featured image: Stock AfDB $2.1m grant will aid Mauritania to advance climate risk management solutions. According to a climate change impact assessment for the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station, its emissions could be 60% higher than that of Medupi and Kusile. Last week, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), submitted comments on Thabametsi’s climate change impact assessment, IT-Online reported.Earlier this year, the North Gauteng High Court ordered the minister of environmental affairs to reconsider ELA’s appeal of Thabametsi’s environmental authorisation, with a focus on the climate change impact assessment for the power station.Climate change impact assessmentThe high court also underlined that it should have been considered before a decision was made on whether the power station could go ahead, media reported.The assessment confirms that Thabametsi’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are going to be high, releasing 9,9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year, and will have a GHG emission intensity of 1,23 tonnes of CO2e per megawatt hour.The EIA also looked at whether the proposed power station will cope with the impacts of climate change. Read more…It shows that water availability and deteriorating water quality in the already water-stressed Lephalale area pose a high risk to the power station’s operation over its intended 30-year lifespan, media reported.Thabametsi – going aheadHowever, with the all the concerns raised, the summary report concludes that the power station’s overall impacts are of low to medium significance, and that Thabametsi should go ahead, media reported.ELA believes the findings of the climate change impact assessment are concerning, given South Africa’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.ELA’s Makoma Lekalakala commented: “It is not clear why the Department of Environmental Affairs authorised Thabametsi to begin with, as it will have irreversible climate impacts. We hope that the findings of the climate change impact assessment now make it clear that this power station should not have been given approval.”Also commenting on the development was CER attorney Nicole Loser, who said: “As with all proposed new coal plants which have not adequately assessed climate change impacts, or which have been authorised to go ahead despite the irreversible climate change impacts, if the Minister allows Thabametsi to proceed despite these impacts, our client will consider further legal action.”In accordance with the high court order, the Minister, will now have to consider the climate impact assessment and comments on before deciding on whether to uphold or dismiss ELA’s appeal of the environmental authorisation. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleTunisia: 4.5GW solar export project tabled by private firmNext articleCity of Cape Town clears confusion around electricity tariff structure Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development
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2020 August 10, 5:35 pm / Ints Megnis Photo: Ints MegnisOn Saturday, Toms Macuks, an athlete of Ventspils Motorcycle Rodeo Club, won the Ķegums track in both races of the EMXOpen class of the European Championship taking place within the world championship stage. In the first he took the lead only in the penultimate lap, but in the second he was almost the whole distance.The first race of the EMXOpen class started with the fall of several athletes at the start. Macuks, on the other hand, rose from sixth to fourth place in the second lap. Although the top three seemed to be breaking away, Macuks soon picked up the pace and reached the lead by entering the top three. In the middle of the trip, Macuks was immediately behind the two leaders, Estonian Karel Kutsar and qualifying winner Cornelius Tendel from Norway, but did not manage to get higher for a long time. Macuks finally overtakes Tendel three minutes before the end of the trip – for the first time he was disturbed by the backward, but a couple of turns later the Latvian did it and immediately withdrew from the competitor.Kutsar was three seconds ahead of Macuk at the time, but Tom did not stop and drove a great penultimate lap, where he made a successful overtaking maneuver in one of the last turns. In the last lap, Macuks made a mistake, but still held the victory. Meanwhile, Tendel withdrew shortly before the end of the race and remained the last, so the third was finished by German Stefan Ekerold, who lost more than 40 seconds to both leaders.Of the other Latvians, Kārlis Kalējs won the tenth place in this race, losing one lap to the winner, but Arnolds Snikers rose to the 15th position after an unsuccessful start.In the second race a few hours later, Macuks entered the top three in the middle of the first lap, while Kalej was six. At that time, there were five Baltic athletes and a Finn in the top six. In the second lap, Macuks overtook the Lithuanian Domantas Jazdauskas and rose to the second position, thus only Kutsars was ahead of him. After a few minutes, Macuks became the leader and immediately grew the lead, while the amazing Blacksmith was in fifth place.Macuks reached the finish nine seconds ahead of Kutsar, while Finn Miro Sihvonen won third place in a fierce battle. Meanwhile, Blacksmith retreated to the finish line to the eighth position, while the Sneaker had a more successful trip and was the eleventh.“Great weekend for me. It was a hard ride because the weather is hot, but the track is brutal, but I’m very happy,” said the winner immediately after the race.Andero Lusbo, another Estonian, was third after Macuka and Kutsara in the overall standings. Meanwhile, Blacksmith was ninth in the amount, and Sniker in 11th place.Before that, in the EMXOpen class, Macuks was fourth among the 27 participants, the seventh place was won by Kalējs relatively unexpectedly, while A. Snikers was in the 18th position.Leading MX2 and MXGP athletes will qualify and compete on Sunday. In the MXGP class, Latvia will be represented by Kārlis Sabulis and Matīss Karro, who were behind Macuka in the first stage of the Latvian championship. Live broadcasts from Ķegums can be watched all day long on the channel “Best4Sport TV”. Another stage of the world championship will take place in the middle of next week, but for the third time the athletes in Ķegums will compete next weekend. These are the first steps since the virus was interrupted.