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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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Our Programmes:

Pollution & Climate Change

Key Correspondence

The Pollution & Climate Change Team has participated and is participating in numerous environmental impact assessment processes, including in relation to: various of the proposed independent power producer coal-fired power stations, the Thabametsi climate change impact assessment, the retrofitting of flue gas desulphurisation at Medupi coal-fired power station; and phase 2 of the Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project. Should you require copies of any of these documents or the CER’s submissions, please contact us.


Coal Baseload Independent Power Producers coal-fired power stations

Highveld Priority Area (HPA) Multi-stakeholder Reference Group and Implementation Task Team

Draft Strategy to Address Air Pollution in Dense Low-Income Settlements

South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution and negotiating position for COP21

Objection by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg to the application by Thabametsi Power Company (Pty) Ltd to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa for a licence to operate its proposed coal-fired power plant

Letter to Department of Environmental Affairs regarding the implications of the judgment in Earthlife Africa Johannesburg v Minister of Environmental Affairs and others, case no. 65662/16


Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

Contact us

  • Telephone:+27 21 447 1647
  • Fax:+27 86 730 9098
  • Address:Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town
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