“WWF South Africa welcomes the release of the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)‚ and the proposed delay on the nuclear build. However‚ we echo the sentiment of others that the proposed nuclear build should be taken off the table altogether and more renewable energy should be added into the mix‚” the organisation said.
It added that the draft IRP contained several scenarios which still needed to be debated and interrogated through public consultation.
“For Eskom to pursue a call for proposals at this time‚ without further consultation and a cabinet-approved IRP in place‚ is both misplaced and premature‚” WWF SA said.
Saliem Fakir‚ head of WWF-SA’s Policy and Futures Unit‚ commented: “South Africa has made commitments both internationally and nationally to reduce our carbon emissions‚ and in order to meet these commitments‚ we need to install as much clean energy as possible at the most affordable price.
“Nuclear is not the answer. In our view‚ a unconstrained renewable energy scenario as the base-case would be the most appropriate to meet South Africa’s developmental needs – therefore there should be no cap on this source of energy. The excuse that there is insufficient grid capacity to meet this surge in installations for renewables is true for all other options and part of the plan should be to strengthen the grid to overcome these obstacles.”