Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle website launched

23 May 2017 - The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle campaign has launched a new website to support its aims of discouraging new coal-fired power stations and mines; accelerating the retirement of SA’s coal infrastructure; and enabling a just transition to renewable energy systems for the people.

A collaboration by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), groundWork (gW), and the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)the Life After Coal campaign counts the landmark court victory of SA’s first climate change case among its achievements. The website contains materials and updates on the ongoing work of the three organisations and their community partners in the fight against coal-fired power generation and coal mining; and to ensure that clean, cheap, reliable RE forms the mainstay of SA’s future energy mix. Highlights include:

Many of the video clips and short films tell harrowing tales of the health impacts of coal. In the Virtual Library section of the site, a March 2017 report by Dr Mike Holland of the European Marketing Research Centre, provides research-based estimates of the impacts of the current emissions of air pollutants from coal-fired power stations in South Africa. These include health impacts – ranging from early death and chronic bronchitis to hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and a variety of minor conditions leading to restrictions on daily activity, including lost productivity – and economic costs estimated at R33 billion per year.

South Africa has an abundance of clean, renewable resources that can reliably and cost-effectively supply the country’s energy requirements. In its 7 December 2016 comments on the Department of Energy’s draft IRP, the CSIR demonstrated how having 70 percent renewables by 2040 was both feasible and the cheapest option for SA – by R90 billion per year by 2040 – even without taking the carbon tax into account.

South Africa on 2 November 2016, ratified the Paris Agreement, committing to pursue global efforts to limit temperature increases to well below 2°C. This commitment and South Africa’s extreme vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, as a water scarce country – make it even more essential to rapidly move away from the burning of coal.

For these reasons, the Life After Coal campaign will continue to challenge any plans that include proposals for coal-fired power.

The new website (https://lifeaftercoal.org.za/) will be maintained and expanded to become the “go to” place for the latest information, data, maps, research, personal accounts, and campaign developments in this fight. Follow our work at Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle, and “like” the campaign on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LifeAfterCoal/.

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Contact details

Life After Coal Campaign organisations (Centre for Environmental RightsEarthlife Africa Jhb and groundWork)

Centre for Environmental Rights: Annette Gibbs, Email: agibbs@cer.org.za, Mobile: 082 467 1295

Earthlife Africa: Makoma Lekalakala, Email: makoma@earthlife.org.za, Mobile: 082 682 9177

groundWork: Bobby Peak, Email: bobby@groundwork.org.za, Mobile: 082 464 1383