Even after Eskom received its controversial loan from the world bank to build the coal burning coal plant Medupi, it is now applying for carbon credits.
ESKOM wants to apply for carbon credits for Medupi, its planned coal- fired power station in Limpopo, under the United Nations (UN) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) programme, in a move sure to inflame environmental sensibilities.
Medupi will use supercritical coal technology — known in fossil fuel circles as “clean coal” — which emits fewer greenhouse gases per kilowatt compared to older technology.
Nevertheless, the power station is expected to add about 32-million tons of CO² e (CO² equivalent) emissions, a large addition to SA’s annual total of 450-million tons.
Source: Business day
I would understand if Eskom applied for carbon credits if they were to refit older coal burning plants with cleaner coal technology but how can one apply for a credit if one is to spew an additional 32 million tons of CO2 in the air?