https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
Africa|Coal|Eskom|generation|Industrial|Petrochemicals|Power|Environmental
Africa|Coal|Eskom|generation|Industrial|Petrochemicals|Power|Environmental
africa|coal|eskom|generation|industrial|petrochemicals|power|environmental

South Africa has many of world’s worst air pollution sites, study says

Emissions

Photo by Bloomberg

28th March 2024

By: Bloomberg

  

Font size: - +

South Africa is home to many of the world’s worst emission sites for toxic nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide and most of those are operated by the nation’s state power utility, according to Greenpeace.

Coal-fired power plants operated by Eskom account for five of the world’s biggest single source nitrogen-dioxide emission sites and two of the worst sulfur-dioxide sites, the environmental campaign organization said in a study, Major Air Polluters in Africa, released on Thursday. Sasol, a South African petrochemicals company, operated another of the world’s top 10 nitrogen dioxide sites, Greenpeace said.

South Africa, which relies on coal for the generation of more than 80% of its electricity, has some of the world’s worst air pollution with emission standards that, while considerably more lenient than in other major polluters China and India, are rarely enforced. Across Africa, Eskom is even more dominant in terms of the number of polluting sites it operates.

“The 10 largest nitrogen dioxide point sources identified in Africa are all thermal-power stations, nine of which are in South Africa,” Greenpeace said.

Eskom didn’t respond to a query about the findings by Greenpeace.

Still, industrial pollution on the continent extends beyond South Africa, its most developed nation.

An Ivory Coast power company rounds out the 10 top nitrogen dioxide emission sites in Africa, while Zimbabwe, Mali, Morocco and Egypt have plants emitting sulfur dioxide in the top 10 on the continent, Greenpeace said.

The pollutants cause a range of ailments ranging from respiratory disease to heart attacks, strokes and stillbirths.

Greenpeace is a global network of organizations that campaign against environmental degradation.

Edited by Bloomberg

Comments

 

Showroom

Immersive Technologies
Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of simulator training solutions to the global resources industry.

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Hanna Instruments Image
Hanna Instruments (Pty) Ltd

We supply customers with practical affordable solutions for their testing needs. Our products include benchtop, portable, in-line process control...

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Magazine round up | 21 June 2024
Magazine round up | 21 June 2024
21st June 2024
Corobrik sets out plans for its Rietvlei operations
Corobrik sets out plans for its Rietvlei operations
19th June 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:14.907 14.997s - 182pq - 2rq
Subscribe Now