Learn more and spread the word about how a Green New Eskom can transform South Africa and build a more socially and ecologically just future.
Green New Eskom:
Transforming Power - Transforming South Africa
This booklet outlines our vision of a Green New Eskom. It also provides ways that you can be part of a movement to transform Eskom. Be sure to turn to page 6 to find out how to be involved - it’s the most important part so if you read only one thing, let it be that.
If you want to dive a bit deeper, please read on. This booklet unpacks questions such as why a just transition to renewable energy is our best energy future and how tackling corruption could fund it. You can also find out more and take action online at: GreenNewEskom.org
This short leaflet briefly explains the Green New Eskom campaign and how to get involved. It can be used to flyer at public events for those interested in finding out more and getting involved in the Green New Eskom campaign.
Many are tempted to say that we should just let Eskom die. We cannot do that though, as Eskom’s debt is a national issue, which we do need to solve or risk a debt crisis. Additionally, while some can afford to disconnect from the national grid and create their own energy, the vast majority of South African will still rely on Eskom for the foreseeable future.
How do we pay for a Green New Eskom?
The truth is that it is more expensive to stay locked into our current polluting coal energy regime. Renewable energy is cheaper than coal, and so we would save money by making the shift.18 Additionally, if we rein in corruption and looting at Eskom we could save hundreds of billions of rands which can be used to fund a just transition.
What’s wrong with privatization?
While the private sector has a role to play in the transition, the problem is when our energy sector is dominated by multinational corporations who send profits overseas. In several countries there are limits to how much energy can be owned and controlled by multinationals, and policies in place to promote more socially owned energy.
What is socially owned renewable energy?
Socially owned renewable energy comes in many forms, where energy is owned by workers, cooperatives, communities, citizens, municipalities, and the state through entities like Eskom. The aim of social ownership is for the benefits of energy to go to the people rather than to profit multinational companies.
What about nuclear?
Nuclear power is less harmful than coal or fossil gas in producing energy. That’s why many are opposed to shutting down nuclear early if it is replaced by fossil fuels. However, new nuclear is less job creating, and more polluting, expensive & slower to build than renewables. That’s why new nuclear does not make sense compared to renewables.
What about “clean” coal?
There is no such thing as clean coal. There are some technologies which make coal slightly less polluting, but still very polluting. Those technologies also make coal power much more expensive. With renewable energy already cheaper than coal, building new coal power with expensive additional technology, makes no economic sense.
Isn’t gas a solution?
It depends which gas you are talking about. It is increasingly economic to create green hydrogen gas using renewable energy and water. We are in favour of that and other forms of green gas. However, fossil gas in the form of methane, the kind that is extracted from fracking the earth, is heavily polluting and expensive compared to renewable energy.
As a country that is sick and tired of load shedding, one hopes and prays our leaders will act boldly to solve a crisis that is plunging us into darkness and deepening economic turmoil. Our prayers, however, have not been answered. Certainly not by Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.
As we attempt to recover from the economic and public-health effects of Covid-19, we must also address one of the great challenges facing South Africa, namely, the future of Eskom. That is why today, on World Environment Day, we as the Climate Justice Coalition are launching a Green New Eskom campaign.