The Kusile di Eskom power plant in Mpumalanga.
Barbara Creecy, South Africa’s environment minister, said she will appoint a jury to judge the appeals filed by state-owned electric company Eskom against orders to reduce air pollution that the company says could lead to the closure of 16,000 MW. of power generation capacity.
The jury will consist of six experts, the minister’s department said in a statement, without giving details on when their evaluation will be completed.
In December, when the orders were made public, Eskom said he would have to spend Rand 300 billion to comply and couldn’t afford it. The company has a debt of 416 billion rupees.
Eskom, which mainly generates energy from coal, is South Africa’s largest polluter and accounts for about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in a nation that is the world’s thirteenth source of climate-warming gas.
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