Extension granted for public comment on renewable energy development zones (REDZ) and related environmental processes

17 August 2020

 

An extension has been granted to 4 September 2020 for public comment on the geographical areas identified as renewable energy development zones (REDZ) for wind and solar, and required environmental authorisation processes.

In a series of government notices published in July, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, had called for public input as part of the public consultation process on the amendment of procedures to be followed in applying for, or deciding on, environmental authorisation applications for large scale wind and solar photovoltaic activities. These also related to the  identification of geographical areas of strategic importance for the development of electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure, large-scale wind and solar photovoltaic energy facilities and strategic gas transmission pipeline infrastructure. The areas of strategic importance for energy development were determined through three strategic environmental assessments (SEA) undertaken between 2016 and 2019.

Public input was also requested on the identification of procedures to be followed when applying for, and deciding on, environmental authorisation applications for REDZ activities.

In addition,  a generic environmental management programme relevant to an application for environmental authorisation for the development or expansion of gas transmission pipeline infrastructure, and a standard for the development of electricity transmission or distribution infrastructure within identified geographical areas were gazetted. 

The department extends the comment period for the government notices related to the REDZ programme on 17 and 31 July 2020. Notice of this extension will be published on the department’s website and sent to stakeholders on the department’s database.

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or input by 4 September 2020 to the following address:

By post to:
The Director General: Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Attention: Dr Dee Fischer
Private Bag X447
Pretoria
0001

By hand at:

The Acting Director -General Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Attention: Dr Dee Fischer
473 Steve Biko Street,
Arcadia,
0083

By e-mail: dfischer@environment.gov.za

Comments or input received after the dosing date may not be considered.

The boundaries of the areas referred to in the notices are available from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries at https://egis.environment.gov.za – Geographic Areas

 

Copies of the Gazettes can be accessed through the following links:

 

17 July 2020 gazettes:

31 July 2020 gazettes:

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