The British High Commissioner to SA, Hon. Nigel Casey, will open the webinar and introduce the Minister of Trade, Industry & Competition, Hon. Ebrahim Patel, who will make the opening keynote address. This will then be followed by high-level presentations from the British Government, World Bank, Sasol, Toyota South Africa, Linde and Investec Bank.
Involvement by the British High Commission to SA forms part of efforts by the UK in working with all countries, and joining forces with governments, civil society, companies and people on the frontline of decarbonisation efforts to inspire climate action ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted by the UK in Glasgow from 1 – 12 November 2021.
Green powerfuels are synthetic gaseous or liquid fuels based on renewable hydrogen, which is hydrogen obtained by the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity. Green powerfuels are therefore a renewable alternative to fossil fuels as their use avoidsnet emissions of CO2. Green powerfuels are used in sectors which may be difficult to decarbonise and not easily driven directly by renewables-based electricity, including road and rail transportation, shipping, and production of steel, cement and fertiliser, amongst others.
SA has exceptional wind and solar natural resources, 50 years of experience in the commercial production of synthetic fuels and associated chemicals using the Fischer-Tropsch process, and a vibrant local automotive manufacturing sector. This provides the country a unique opportunity for decarbonisation, re-industrialisation and job creation around the Green Economy in support of a Just Energy Transition, centred around the production of green powerfuels and electric vehicles.
The webinar explores the policies, business case, technologies and opportunities for SA by renewable hydrogen and green powerfuels, in the transportation, chemicals, cement, iron and steel sectors.