*(EGSA Ed. note: Read with caution, contains some distortions!)*
JOHANNESBURG <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/johannesburg> ( miningweekly.com) – National Treasury must abandon its plans to introduce carbon tax, which will result in the closure of smelters at a time of desperate need for job retention and export <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/export> promotion.
This is the consensus of opinion canvassed by *Mining <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/mining> Weekly Online* following last Friday’s release of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). ADVERTISEMENT <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=3231__zoneid=420__cb=e1049ac785__oadest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.reeffuel.co.za%2F%3Futm_source%3Dadvertising%26utm_medium%…>
With the IRP enhancing the prospect of carbon emission reduction because of the backing it gives to renewable energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/renewable-energy>, Treasury’s continued insistence on the imposition of carbon tax is being seen as superfluous.
The main purpose of the carbon tax is to generate funding for research and development into carbon emission reduction, which the IRP now promises. *(EGSA Ed. note: Really? And I thought it was to persuade us all to move to a low-carbon future.)*