End Climate Change
Greenpeace Africa is intensifying and strengthening its work to stop new investments in coal, through advocacy and community-based campaigning, aimed at increasing the regulatory hurdles and risk-perception of coal. Ending the age of coal is a key component of shifting the overarching energy system in South Africa.
We work closely with coal-affected communities and community-based organisations that share our vision and mission of ending the burning of fossil fuels as a form of energy supply.
The “Break Free” movement in Africa (co-ordinated by Greenpeace Africa and partner organisations) is an ongoing campaign aimed at empowering local communities to rise up with acts of courage and come together as a global movement for climate action and justice.
On Africa Day 25 May 2018, Greenpeace Africa, in partnership with” Earthlife Africa Johannesburg”, “African Climate Reality Project” and “350 Africa” joined countries across the continent to take action against the fossil fuel economy.
Nhlanhla Sibisi, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Africa.
Eskom relies heavily on coal for energy generation, despite South Africa’s vast untapped capacity to drive renewable energy (RE) projects. Massive policy uncertainty exists in South Africa in the renewable energy space because of Eskom’s protracted delays and eventual signing of the 27 RE power purchase agreements. Added to this, the lack of an incentivising framework for rooftop solar projects from the South African government, and Eskom’s own lack of investment in RE, have created significant underinvestment in RE. Given the current renewable energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme’s () that are already in production and in planning, it is estimated that at least 100 000 full-time equivalent jobs would be created through the current private renewable energy projects alone.
Greenpeace Africa is working towards defining and strengthening an alternative development model in Africa, based on decentralised and low carbon energy systems. The campaign’s current aim is to get South Africa to commit to a 100% renewable energy future.
South Africa, as the biggest carbon dioxide emitter on the continent, could by committing to renewable energy, influence other African countries to switch towards an alternative development trajectory. Thus, Greenpeace Africa is lobbying for policy change and innovative ways to remove the barriers to renewable energy and to define an alternative development direction with all stakeholders.
Project Sunshine was initiated by Greenpeace Africa during 2017, in support of The Philile Foundation (that runs the Diepsloot Philile crèche). The project sought to bring clean and sustainable energy to the Diepsloot community. The Philile Foundation provides early childhood development to needy and disadvantaged communities.
The Diepsloot Philile crèche was off-grid, having partial access to energy only. This situation was challenging and restricted the daily use of lighting amenities as well as the ability to prepare meals for the children.
Greenpeace Africa partnered with the community of Diepsloot, The Philile Foundation and relevant contractors to provide renewable energy to the Philile crèche.
Through successful Crowdfunding efforts, funds were raised for the installation of solar street lights around the perimeter of the crèche, along with rooftop solar panels and an anaerobic bio-digester.
Greenpeace Africa and the Philile Trust, helping to bring solar street lights to Diepsloot.
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