South Africa’s inaugural Grid Emission Measure highlights coal dependence

South Africa produced its inaugural official gauge of the carbon intensity of its electricity production, confirming its status as one of the world’s top producers per capita of greenhouse gases.

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment this month said that the country’s domestic generation grid emission factor (DGGEF), a measure of the carbon intensity of electricity produced in the country, is 1.013 tons of carbon dioxide or its equivalent per megawatt hour. The department used 2021 data.