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Preliminary view of the draft IRP 2023

South Africa has experienced severe load shedding (i.e. controlled/scheduled power cuts), almost daily, since September 2022. This recent spike and high frequency of load shedding can be largely attributed to a significant drop in Energy Availability Factor of the coal fleet that has not been optimally maintained due to several  factors.

Sustainability – a key driver of development & economic freedom

The concept of sustainability is considered differently for developing countries versus developed countries. Developed economies tend to look at sustainability with a significant focus towards environmental impact and preservation. In contrast, developing countries consider sustainability from a socio-economic perspective, which includes infrastructure-related challenges, for example.

Taking a future-ready approach to sustainable building and design

The construction sector must not be overlooked in the drive towards achieving net zero. While sectors such as industrial manufacturing, mining and fossil fuel power generation tend to grab more headlines, the construction of buildings and infrastructure accounts for approximately 7 Gt CO2e, or 20% of global carbon emissions, where 4 Gt CO2e is associated with the materials used for construction.

COP28 – Africa can lead the world towards a just transition

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change draws to a close this week. For Africa, discussions at this year’s conference placed the continent as a central player that is playing an active role in actioning efforts and initiatives for a better, more sustainable future.

Embracing net zero – a global imperative!

Ron Stuart | Partner | ESG Lead | KPMG South Africa | mail me | The last two years have seen many countries taking steps...

The journey to sustainable aviation

The aviation sector has pledged, like most, to reach Net Zero by 2050. From the International Air Transport Association (IATA) commitment to ‘Fly Net Zero’ to the declaration from the International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition at COP 26, the air transport industry is not short of promises to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint.

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage

With oil and gas-producing countries facing tremendous pressure to transition to green energy sources and leave their petroleum assets in the ground, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) can act as a lifeline for their energy industries.

Transition options for the core

Representing 75-80% of a portfolio, the core public equity and debt investments can drive the largest impact on positioning the whole portfolio on a path to meet whole portfolio climate objectives. Decarbonisation on a scale sufficient to reach global emissions-reduction targets will transform each sector of the global economy.

A compelling case for natural gas

When most people hear the word "gas", they're automatically inclined to think about the type of gas that pumps directly into their fuel tank. But petroleum gas is the most common gasoline fuel we encounter daily, it is only one "type" of gas.

Clean energy – the key to economic recovery and environmental resilience

As we continue to strive for a cleaner planet, governments, industries, and organisations around the world are uniting to build a sustainable future. The time is ripe to explore innovations and technologies that can work to reduce carbon emissions and help to facilitate better resource efficiency.


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