Very early in 2016, the Minister of Environmental Affairs published a draft consisting of suggested Pollution Prevention Plan Regulations, along with information on which types of businesses and industries would be required to submit these Pollution Prevention Plans going forward. Below, we look at everything you need to know about Pollution Prevention Plans, including details on priority pollutants and the primary production processes responsible for them.

What Are the Primary Pollutants?

According to the original draft, the primary pollutants include:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Methane (CH4)
  • Nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
  • Perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
  • Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)

What Are the Primary Production Processes Responsible for these Green House Gas Emissions?

According to the document, the following main production processes and businesses undertaking them, will receive a great deal of focus when it comes to Pollution Prevention Plans in South Africa:

  • Coal mining
  • Production and/or processing of crude oil and natural gas
  • Production of liquid fuels from coal or gas
  • Cement production
  • Glass production
  • Pulp and paper production
  • Electricity production (combustion of fossil fuels, excluding the use of backup generators)
  • Polymer production

If your business undertakes any of the above production processes, you will need to find out if there is a need for you to comply with the new Pollution Prevention Plan regulations. Luckily, Gondwana Environmental Solutions is here to help and guide you on your journey towards compliance. For more information about our services, to learn more about pollution prevention plans or to book a consultation, be sure to contact us today.