Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 14 March 2010
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF South Africa) is showing its commitment over the next three years to reducing its own environmental impacts by operating on certified Green Power provided by means of the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) system.
Dr Morne du Plessis, CEO of WWF, says: “This is not only a significant move away from coal-based energy, and thus toward a greener future, but is also encouraging for all of us here at WWF, who are looking for tangible, measurable ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations.”
“It is imperative that all energy users reduce their consumption as well as ensure that the source of the energy they use has the lowest possible environmental impact.”
Electricity from registered renewable energy sources has far lower environmental impacts than that generated at coal-fired power stations. These generators, which produce the majority of South Africa’s electricity use coal and water and emit ash, air pollutants and greenhouse gasses, which cause climate change.
The RECs are supplied by local firm GreenX Energy, which enables energy users to operate on certified Green Power which in this case is generated by solar panels of the Nuon-RAPS Utiltiy in KwaZulu-Natal. GreenX Energy is one of a small number of certified Green Power suppliers in South Africa, other companies include Amatola Green Power and Iskhus Energy.
Dr du Plessis concludes: “The fact that the impact of climate change will be felt first and hardest by the poor in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa and the world makes action on climate change a matter of social justice.”