Project 90 by 2030 and the African Climate Reality Project welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018. Our outlook is focused on the intersection of environmental and social justice issues. We believe that the IRP 2018 directly impacts on both these issues. Both organisations have been actively involved in energy governance issues in South Africa: through the Energy Governance South Africa (EGSA) network, convened by Project 90 by 2030, and through our activism efforts over the past years.
Furthermore, both organisations are firm believers and supporters of the Just Transition and its offshoot, the Just Energy Transition (JET) movement. A movement growing in stature and support. A globally recognized and accepted movement. A movement that is beginning to permeate policy and legislation in South Africa. A movement seeking ‘energy democracy’, ‘accessibility and affordability of supply’, ‘a fundamental shift in the ownership structure of energy generation technologies’ and the empowerment and compensation of workers who are likely to lose their jobs during the transition.
It is through this lens that we approached the proposed IRP 2018 and it is, again, through this lens, that we tender these comments.