Is the large-scale production of algal biofuels a viable alternative and should South Africa be pursuing it as a liquid- fuels option? Proponents suggest that it could indeed be a viable endeavour, and estimate that an industry could emerge within five to ten years, or sooner, should there be an innovation breakthrough. They add that it could also form an important component of the country’s commitment to reducing its carbon emissions.
As the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) continued working on the South African climate change policy, Parliamentary representatives urged the department to include the Portfolio Committee on water and environment in every forum where the policy was discussed before the draft document was released.
The mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was urgent and could not be delayed, as lags in the climate and physical systems of the Earth meant that the effects of such cuts would only be realised in years to come, South African National Biodiversity Institute climate change and bioadaptation chief director Guy Midgley argued.
Rules on selection criteria for renewable energy projects under the REFIT programme