'I would have thought SA too would have tried to cut down more on coal'

The new energy plan which covers 2019 to 2030 is set to make significant advances in changing South Africa’s energy mix.

In The Conversation, University of Johannesburg professor of physics Hartmut Winkler details how the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan is disappointing because coal power generation continues to be dominant but the plan regarding the role of nuclear power option remains unclear.

Winkler says while there is a decrease planned in the use of coal with power stations expected to be decommissioned over an extended time period, the question is: should this be happening a lot quicker?

Especially in view of the latest global movement towards lowering emissions which is specifically targeting the coal emissions, I would have thought that maybe South Africa too would have tried to cut down more on this than they actually have.

Hartmut Winkler, Professor of Physics - University of Johannesburg

We are looking at a situation where even 12 years from now, we are still going to have most of the coal power stations that we have at the moment. So 50% of our electricity is going to come from there.

Hartmut Winkler, Professor of Physics - University of Johannesburg

There was a scope to introduce more renewables than we have but this doesn't look like it is happening immediately.

Hartmut Winkler, Professor of Physics - University of Johannesburg

Winkler says there is no mention of nuclear energy but it has not been ruled out.

If one looks at the plan, there is actually nothing happening until 2013.

Hartmut Winkler, Professor of Physics - University of Johannesburg

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