Eskom aiming to slash particulate matter pollution by 70% in a decade

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Eskom aiming to slash particulate matter pollution by 70% in a decade

South Africa’s state power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to reduce output of one of its most dangerous pollutants.

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said it’s committed to a R67-billion ($3.6 billion) plan to cut emissions and by 2035 aims to reduce its output of particulate matter by 70%.

[Bloomberg]
 
"Still, in the six months to 30 September the company’s particulate emissions were at a 31-year high and 42 times the level of plants in China, the world’s biggest producer of power from coal." -- need source. This seems dubious.

"Eskom has questioned the methodology used by Greenpeace." -- me too. I'm not saying everything is good and well. But I am questioning this given the alternatives in SA, especially for the poor (a lot of people will just burn wood or coal in their own homes then if they don't have electricity).
 
"Still, in the six months to 30 September the company’s particulate emissions were at a 31-year high and 42 times the level of plants in China, the world’s biggest producer of power from coal." -- need source. This seems dubious.
Check e.g.
https://energyandcleanair.org/wp/wp...t-decommissioning-in-South-Africa_10.2023.pdf
Page 10 and

There are tons of reports from other organizations as well. Main difference is most Chinese coal plants are more modern and have flu gas desulfurization. Eskom got funding for it, never implemented it (breaking loan terms).
"Eskom has questioned the methodology used by Greenpeace." -- me too. I'm not saying everything is good and well. But I am questioning this given the alternatives in SA, especially for the poor (a lot of people will just burn wood or coal in their own homes then if they don't have electricity).
There are other sources of power in South Africa, renewable are more of an option than most countries have, and they're cheaper than coal (including battery/other storage techs).

Coal in south Africa is thanks to mantashe/coal lobby/mafia.
 
Eskom aiming to slash particulate matter pollution by 70% in a decade

South Africa’s state power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to reduce output of one of its most dangerous pollutants.

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said it’s committed to a R67-billion ($3.6 billion) plan to cut emissions and by 2035 aims to reduce its output of particulate matter by 70%.

[Bloomberg]
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Eskom spending R67 billion to slash pollution by 70%
... by switching to renewables
 
Check e.g.
https://energyandcleanair.org/wp/wp...t-decommissioning-in-South-Africa_10.2023.pdf
Page 10 and

There are tons of reports from other organizations as well. Main difference is most Chinese coal plants are more modern and have flu gas desulfurization. Eskom got funding for it, never implemented it (breaking loan terms).
I know what you are trying to say. But I also don't fully believe what China says - another source another number:
https://www.statista.com/statistics/282680/china-sulphur-dioxide-emissions/ (2019 = 4573kt) vs
https://energyandcleanair.org/eskom-worlds-most-polluting-power-company/ (2019 = <1000kt) vs
https://ourworldindata.org/explorer...hur+dioxide+(SO₂)&Fuel=Total&Per+capita=false (2019 = 12000kt)

Likewise there is a range of numbers for SA
Per page 10, report above, Komati = ~30kt (2016)
Per Eskom integrated report, page 120, total = 1449kt (2023)
https://ourworldindata.org/explorer...hur+dioxide+(SO₂)&Fuel=Total&Per+capita=false = 3040kt (2019)

And SA is not 42x of any of those.
There are other sources of power in South Africa, renewable are more of an option than most countries have, and they're cheaper than coal (including battery/other storage techs).
For middle and upper class, perhaps. But the lower class / RDP housing / squatter camps will use whatever they can get. [for obvious reasons, I'm disregarding Eskom here]
 
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They should just forget about the promises of FGDs. We don't have enough water for them, and if the people have to choose between dying of thirst now, and lung cancer 20 years later, I know what they will choose.
Spending billions on it is nothing but BEE and cadre enrichment.
 
... by switching to renewables
Well I suspect that ANC Eskom will certainly spend the money but the "aiming" will not hit any targets.
 
I know what you are trying to say. But I also don't fully believe what China says - another source another number:
https://www.statista.com/statistics/282680/china-sulphur-dioxide-emissions/ (2019 = 4573kt) vs
https://energyandcleanair.org/eskom-worlds-most-polluting-power-company/ (2019 = <1000kt) vs
https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/air-pollution?facet=none&uniformYAxis=0&country=CHN~ZAF&Pollutant=Sulphur+dioxide+(SO₂)&Fuel=Total&Per+capita=false (2019 = 12000kt)

Likewise there is a range of numbers for SA
Per page 10, report above, Komati = ~30kt (2016)
Per Eskom integrated report, page 120, total = 1449kt (2023)
https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/air-pollution?facet=none&uniformYAxis=0&country=CHN~ZAF&Pollutant=Sulphur+dioxide+(SO₂)&Fuel=Total&Per+capita=false = 3040kt (2019)

And SA is not 42x of any of those.

For middle and upper class, perhaps. But the lower class / RDP housing / squatter camps will use whatever they can get. [for obvious reasons, I'm disregarding Eskom here]

Depending on the flue gas implementation and what you measure, up to 90% reduction, so possible.
 
maybe they should use politicians hot air to heat water and create steam to drive turbines,
seems to be lots of hot air and not much substance or reality to these statements said by greedy politicians.
 
Well they are quite well on track, if they keep extending the loadshedding schedules further and further until there is no power, there will be no pollution as there would be no power stations, now we at least know their timeline for this
 
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