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Project developers and financiers should scrutinise existing projects that are in pre-environmental authorisation stage, and all future projects, to determine what issues need to be assessed prior to applying for authorisation. The 8 march 2017 judgment in Earthlife Africa Johannesburg v The Minister of Environmental Affairs and others is South Africa’s first judgment relating to climate change impact. The court held that the decision to grant an environmental authorisation for the Thabametsi coal-fired power station was…
Greenfield developments can make a significant environmental impact. Where the impact relates to biodiversity that has a high ecological value, regulatory authorities are increasingly requiring project developers to implement a biodiversity offset. A biodiversity offset is intended to ensure that no net loss in biological resources occurs as a result of the project being developed. For example, the intended site of a new electricity generation facility may require the removal of a large number of…
A draft Renewable Energy Projects Guideline has been published for comment. The REPG is a guideline document and sets out the principles and general tools for identifying the approval that may be required for each renewable energy technology. The REPG does not replace any existing regulation – it is simply a tool to provide guidance on how to assess what potential authorisations and approvals may be needed for the specific renewable technology. The guidelines address…