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Pollution & Climate Change


Challenges of decisions in relation to coal-fired independent power producers (IPPs)

Challenges of proposed coal infrastructure projects

Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project Phase 2A Appeal (MCWAP-2A)

Legal Challenges in relation to the Air Pollution and the Minimum Emission Standards

Amicus application to highlight the constitutional obligations of local government

Challenges of decisions by district municipalities to grant atmospheric emission licences for Eskom coal-fired power stations

Application to Compel Reasons for the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP)

This is an application filed by groundWork against the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). groundWork is asking the Court to order the Minister and NERSA to provide reasons for various decisions in relation to the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP), which was published in October 2019.

groundWork has been asking for reasons from the parties for its decisions in relation to the IRP since November 2019. As this exercise of public power by the Minister and NERSA regarding South Africa’s electricity plan has a material and direct impact on the rights of the people of South Africa, groundWork argues it is entitled to the reasons for the decisions to promulgate the IRP

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Section 24of 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.

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