n Clean Air Journal = Tydskrif vir Skoon Lug - Summary of research paper published in titled : A perspective of South African coal-fired power station emissions (2015) Volume 26 Issue 3 pages 27-40 : highlighted local research




Emissions from South African coal-fired power plants are significant on a regional and global scale. Globally, South Africa ranks seventh of the top 10 countries that are responsible for more than 85% of global carbon emissions from coal-fired plants (preceded only by China, USA, India, Germany, Russia and Japan and superseded by Australia, Korea and Poland). The carbon dioxide (CO) emissions intensity (CO emissions per economic output) of South Africa was found to be one of the highest in the world and more than triple that of industrialized countries. Regionally, South Africa is the main power generator in Africa and the energy sector (of which around 83% is contributed by coal-fired power plants) is one of the major emitters of criteria (Particulate Matter (PM), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO), and Sulphur Dioxide (SO)) pollutants in the country.


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