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Energy company driving global move to renewables

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THE WHOLE SOLUTION Scatec has successfully contributed to many of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programmes

15th December 2023

     

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In South Africa, global renewable-power producer Scatec has initiated numerous projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme contributing towards a more sustainable energy grid.

The company says that, as a major player in the renewables space, its role extends beyond simply providing renewable-energy solutions.

The company is proud to be part of the global effort to mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change and drive the world towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future.

Additionally, as the world grapples with the urgency of climate change, a dramatic global shift towards renewable energy has been seen, says Scatec.

Scatec, which ascribes to being a global player in the renewable-energy industry, is part of the global push towards ambitious, science-based emissions reduction targets.

The company adds its commitment to reducing absolute Scope 1 greenhouse-gas emissions by 95% by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions across the company’s value chain by 2040 is a testament to its dedication to environmental sustainability.

This commitment is not merely a statement of intent, Scatec stresses.

The company’s climate targets have received approval from the Science Based Targets Initiative, aligning Scatec’s efforts with the latest climate science from the International Panel on Climate Change.

“Our strategy integrates sustainability into all areas of our business and value chain, with dedicated sustainability resources, both at the project and corporate level, involved in all project phases for long-term approach and impact,” says Scatec sub-Saharan Africa executive VP Jan Fourie.

He adds that Scatec contributes to the global transition to a low-carbon society through its renewable-energy generation.

“The new technology and installations necessary for this transformation also cause climate impacts through production and operation of components as well as land use changes from solar, wind and hydro projects,” he explains.

Further, Scatec aims to limit the climate impacts in its value chain.

The company has made strides in integrating climate requirements into existing processes, as well as in identifying and analysing emissions reduction activities across its existing project portfolio.

“This commitment is especially salient at our projects and plants in South Africa, where we are the leading solar player with 448 MW in operation,” Fourie says.

Further, it is championing positive change for the entire industry, demonstrating that ambitious, science-based emissions reduction targets are not only feasible but also essential in the collective quest for a sustainable future.

Scatec’s approach to sustainability is comprehensive, extending beyond environmental considerations to include socio-economic aspects.

By having an active presence through our projects for up to 25 years, a unique opportunity exists to positively impact on local neighbours within each phase of a project.

“By working closely with host communities, Scatec aims to create a lasting positive impact,” stresses Fourie, adding that “in South Africa, we’ve contributed to job creation, skills development, and socio-economic growth”.

“Our role within these communities is not simply about compliance or adherence to regulations,” he avers. Rather, Scatec sees itself as a conscientious custodian, integral to the social fabric of these communities for decades to come.

“The fates of Scatec and its host communities are intertwined, and we believe that thriving, sustainable communities are crucial for the social development of our people and our success as a company,” he says.

Conscious Construction

Fourie emphasises that renewables must be deployed with respect for nature, social inclusion and in close cooperation with broader society.

“The impact of renewable-power plants on biodiversity and local communities needs to be understood and minimised and economic development and job creation is essential for renewable deployment to gain support,” he comments.

Additionally, Scatec considers the social and economic impacts of its actions, alongside environmental considerations.

“Our stakeholder engagement is extensive, ranging from co-investors and partners to local communities, and we maintain an open channel for grievances to ensure that any concerns are addressed promptly and effectively,” he remarks.

These measures form an integral part of Scatec’s commitment to delivering competitive and sustainable renewable energy.

Climate Conference

Fourie suggests that, with the twenty-eighth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – referred to globally as COP 28 – having taken place earlier this month, it remains committed to discussing the overall climate crisis.

“Locally we’ve spearheaded conversations about the pivotal of role of renewable energy, within the context of South Africa’s just energy transition, and its proposed technology-agnostic mixed energy landscape,” he says.

“While there have been challenges – for example the recent controversies around the newly released interim Grid Capacity Allocation Rules – our efforts to consolidate our strategies and engage key stakeholders aim to ensure the rapid connection of renewable-energy projects to the grid,” he says.

“Our work today is shaping the future of renewable energy, ensuring that we not only meet the demands of the present but also secure a sustainable, greener world for our children and successors,” he concludes.

Edited by Nadine James
Features Deputy Editor

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