Quest Volume 17 Number 4 2021
Cite: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2021). Quest: Science for South Africa, 17(4).[Online] Available at:http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11911/228
The conclusion of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November 2021 disappointed a lot of participants and campaigners from various countries. The key change in the agreement, known as the Glasgow Climate Pact, called for an acceleration of efforts towards the ‘phase down’ – rather than the ‘phase out’ – of unabated coal power. South Africa was one of the countries that had objected to the ‘phase out’ version of the agreement, given that more than 80% of our electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. Making the transition would be enormously costly in terms of both financial resources and job losses, said the CEO of Eskom, so they are pursuing a Just Energy Transition Strategy. The theme of this issue of Quest –is the final one with Sue Matthews as Editor –it focuses on renewable energy. Briefly here are the topics covered: South Africa’s power generation plans are out of date; WASA 3 winds up; Dust, clouds and solar power; Renewable hydrogen and many more.