More than 2300 people die each year because of our addiction to coal energy.

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Burning coal in Eskom’s power stations cost South Africa, R30 Billion a year. This is from key research in response to the South African IEP which is the overall energy plan for liquid fuels (petrol, diesel, paraffin), gas and electricity. The IRP is the more detailed plan for electricity.

Both plans make projections of energy / electricity demand through to 2050 and consider how to supply that demand. The IEP contains four different scenarios which result in different levels of demand. The IRP does not refer to these scenarios but uses electricity demand projections developed by the CSIR.

groundWork sought assistance from a health economist to understand the impact of Eksom’s Coal fired power stations on ones health and the economy. This was part of our submission to the Department of Energy.

You can download the document Health Impacts of Coal fired Power Plants in South Africa here and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2016. (Comments by groundWork, Friends of the Earth, South Africa) here.