South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe called on the mining industry to move towards energy efficient measures and take the path of sustainable development.
According to the South African government press office, Radebe addressed the Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Radebe pointed out that the South African mining industry is the main consumer of energy and is responsible for more than 38% of the country’s total industrial energy consumption.
According to Radebe, the mining sector in South Africa needs to revise its energy consumption model in order to take the path of sustainable development:
“The mining sector needs to review its energy consumption patterns to ensure that the sector de-carbonises, decentralises and digitalises. The decreasing costs of renewables, the proven reliability of hybrid power technologies are now driving the interest of mining companies in renewables. The energy transformation trajectory has to accommodate natural resources endowment, economic conditions and promote our natural competitive advantage as well as embracing new cleaner and sustainable energy technologies,” the minister said.