• Change of culture needed

    The right leadership will help SA shed its culture of violence, says Mandi Smallhorne.

  • 10 tips to find bargains

    Susan Erasmus gives advice on how bargain hunters can get the most bang for their buck.

  • Inside Labour

    Labour's bitter breaches need to be seen in historical context, says Terry Bell.

Loading...
See More

Cabinet approves CO² capture plan

May 04 2012 14:11 Sapa

Related Articles

How green is your fridge?

Use solar to power SA: Greenpeace

Business key to climate solution

Carbon tax could hurt business, consumers

Banking on green consumers

Trade war, chaos threats on EU carbon plan

 

Cape Town - A plan to capture and store carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, in deep geologic formations was approved by cabinet on Friday.

"Cabinet endorsed the carbon capture and storage (CCS) roadmap," Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said at a media briefing in Pretoria, broadcast via a video link to Cape Town.

CCS has been identified - in government's long-term mitigation scenarios plan - as one of the options to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main drivers behind global warming.

"One of government's strategic objectives is mitigation against carbon emissions and adaptation to the impact of climate change," Chabane said.

Cabinet held its fortnightly meeting on Thursday.

South Africa relies heavily on fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil) for its energy production.

Chabane said it had voluntarily committed to reduce CO² emissions by 34% in 2020, and by 45% in 2025, on condition that the requisite technological and financial support was provided.

"CCS can reduce CO² emissions by 80% to 90%... particularly CO² from sources such as electricity generation plants, coal-to-liquid plants and cement manufacturing plants," he said.

CCS involves capturing CO² from a point source, such as a power station or coal-to-fuel plant; transporting it, usually by pipeline; and, pumping it down a borehole into porous rock formations deep underground, where it is contained and stored.

A recently-released Geological Storage Atlas has identified potential CCS areas in South Africa.

It is understood the next step in the CCS "roadmap" process will be a test injection of CO² into a suitable geologic formation, to determine whether such storage can be safely undertaken in South Africa.

 

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

Brought to you by BizNews

More from BizNews

We're talking about:

SMALL BUSINESS

Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017. "[The congress] will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders, the Small Business Development minister said.
 
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

How do you see your boss? He/sheis:

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...