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Comment on Renewable Energy Development Zones Extended

August 19, 2020

Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

The comment period on Renewable Energy Development Zones and related environmental authorisation processes has been extended.

The notices calling for comment on the amendment of procedures to be followed in applying for, or deciding on, environmental authorisation applications for large scale wind and solar photovoltaic activities were published in Government Gazettes 43528 and 43571 in July 2020.

According to the environment, forestry and fisheries department, the notices also related to the “identification of geographical areas of strategic importance for the development of electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure, large-scale wind and solar photovoltaic energy facilities and strategic gas transmission pipeline infrastructure”.

Comment on the raft of notices is now invited until 4 September 2020.

Meanwhile, in another statement, the department announced the approval of South Africa’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS).

The NCCAS was published for comment in May 2019.

The NCCAS supports South Africa’s ability to meeting its obligations in terms of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

According to the environment, forestry and fisheries minister, Barbara Creecy, the strategy “defines the country’s vulnerabilities, plans to reduce those vulnerabilities and leverage opportunities, outlines the required resources for such action, whilst demonstrating progress on climate change adaptation”.

The NCCAS “outlines a set of objectives, interventions and outcomes to enable the country to give expression to its commitment to the Paris Agreement. Developed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders and approved by Cabinet, it aims to reduce the vulnerability of society, the economy and the environment to the effects of climate change. It gives effect to the National Development Plan’s vision of creating a low-carbon, climate resilient economy and a just Society”.

The 10-year plan, coordinated by the environment, forestry and fisheries department, will be reviewed every five years.