Parliament’s Energy Committee Wants Action on Biofuels

OCTOBER 29, 2014

The National Assembly’s Energy Committee wants the Energy Department to “fast track the biofuels strategy and finalise the regulatory instruments” that it is working on “to facilitate the introduction of biofuels into the South African liquid fuels market”.

More than half the proposed biofuels investments nationally are in the Eastern Cape, with three planned for the Coega IDZ, one at Cradock and one in the East London IDZ.

In its Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report tabled in Parliament, the committee notes that the Biofuels Incentive Framework was published for public comment in the last financial year.

It adds that the framework was developed “to facilitate the mandatory blending of ethanol into South African liquid fuels.

“It is envisaged that the increased cultivation of energy crops like sorghum and sugar will be coupled with agrarian reform to result in more job opportunities and transformation of the economy.”

The committee also expressed concern about “the slow delivery of the objectives of the biofuels strategy “as this can contribute substantially to the economy”.

The committee also recommended that the department should expedite the finalisation of the energy planning policy and specifically the Integrated Energy Plan and Integrated Resource Plan.

It also wants it to ensure that negotiations for the nuclear build programme are “conducted in a fair and transparent manner”. - MetroMinutes.


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