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The final report on a study conducted by The Green House for the National Planning Commission (NPC) has been released. The study sought to explore projections of greenhouse gas emissions from a selection of commodities in the mining and minerals sector under a number of different scenarios . The scenarios differ according to projections of commodity production, energy efficiency and emissions associated with electricity supplied from the grid. Consideration was also given to high level indicators of direct employment and economic contribution.

The results showed that the electricity grid mix is the overriding determinant of emissions from this commodity basket. Assumptions about ferrochrome production on emissions also have a significant impact. Iron and steel and ferrochrome production are the primary contributors of emissions, and potentially offer lower employment and economic return than other commodities explored in the study.

The results are being used to support the ongoing work by the NPC on developing their roadmap for South Africa. A similar piece of work on the chemicals sector for BUSA has recently been initiated.

For a copy of the report, please email brett@tgh.co.za.