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That's why we need accountability measures.
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From government? Thats the best joke I have heard all day!
Wait until you hear the punch line!
Fall in line on climate change, Sasol told
Energy giant Sasol, South Africa’s second-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and operator of the world’s biggest single-point emission source – at Secunda in Mpumalanga – has been told by the government in no uncertain terms to accept its newly adopted climate change policy.
This policy includes the principle of carbon budgets, or caps on greenhouse gas emissions, for each of the country’s major polluting industrial sectors and for big individual polluters like Sasol and Eskom, South Africa’s biggest emitter. They are both likely to be strongly affected when hard figures for these caps are decided – possibly next year.
The new policy also includes the principle of a carbon tax which could be levied on emissions.
Sasol has also been challenged by the chairman of the National Assembly’s water and environmental affairs’ portfolio committee, Johnny de Lange, to change corporate direction from primary fuel production and to consider investing heavily in green, low carbon technologies like renewable energy.
“If I were you guys, you and Eskom, I’d be like China,” De Lange told a Sasol delegation making a presentation to his committee as part of public hearings on the government’s new National Climate Change Response Strategy, or white paper, policy document.
“You become the expert on renewable energies, and the monopolies… I would grab the thing by the horns and run with it.”
His remarks came soon after Australia passed landmark laws yesterday to impose a price on carbon emissions in one of the biggest economic reforms in a decade, Reuters reported. The vote in the Senate made Australia the second major economy behind the EU to pass carbon-limiting legislation.
Fall in line on climate change, Sasol told - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za (external - login to view)
Looks like Australia's move is actually making a real impact.