Climate change, renewable energy a priority for SAPP

27 Feb 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 FEB (NAMPA) – The Southern African Power Pool’s environmental sub-committee (ESC) is discussing ways to implement climate change policies and renewable energy at the 52nd SAPP meetings with electricity industry heads.
The meetings started in Windhoek Tuesday and were scheduled for three days.
The environmental sub-committee is one of four sub-committees of the SAPP, the other three being for markets, planning and operating.
ESC chairperson Constance van Zaydum said during a presentation on Tuesday the committee continues to push the agenda of climate change as it views this as a risk that will negatively impact SAPP infrastructure and operations going forward.
The sub-committee has made climate change policies a priority for discussion to ensure that it is implemented in SAPP member states.
The ESC also received a proposal from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to establish a clean energy fund.
“The fund will assist the SAPP member states to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement that all SAPP countries committed to during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015,” Van Zaydum said.
NDCs are the efforts of each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
She further said the ESC will also review the terms of reference for the Renewable Energy Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Guideline, as well as a study on how to integrate renewable energy within SAPP.
This will assist SAPP to implement and integrate renewable energy to limit social and environment impact in the area.
Speaking at the official opening of the meetings on Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Kornelia Shilunga concurred and urged the electricity industry heads “to observe environmental and social requirements as the basis for implementation of all SAPP projects”.
“The sustainability of the environment and social equity is key to project implementation and should feature high on your agenda. Impacts on the environment should be mitigated on all projects to reduce the progression of global warming,” Shilunga said.
The deputy minister commended the SAPP members for making environmental issues a priority.