A SUBMISSION ON NUCLEAR ENERGY IN
NiMBLE is an independent community volunteer non-profit platform of volunteers aiming to promote pro-social aims and economic development of our community within the framework of environmentalism.
A WIN-WIN economic development and environmental management policy is vital to the well-being of our community, our socio-economic legacy and to our VISIBILITY within the INTERNATIONAL climate change effort.
Defining a National Energy Plan gives us ONE shot at getting it right, and redressing many issues and backlogs. Nuclear Energy is ONE cog in this machine, but it is a significant cog.
The significance of the role of Nuclear Energy in terms of the Eastern Cape, and future of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro necessitates in our opinion the creation of a 'Commission on Macroeconomics, Energy and Ecosystem Services for Poverty Reduction'
We are fundamentally GAIA theorists and James Lovelock's philosophy in terms of Nuclear Energy is the backbone overiding the 'hype and over-hype of nuclear-phobia. Phobia is an apt term here.
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Nuclear Power Plants offer a significant solution to many problems GLOBALLY and of specific consequence to our Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
We DO NOT presume to have a NUMERUS CLAUSUS of ALL the answers but hope that our submission will elucidate the view from
Clear reasoning and mindfulness form a integral part of the road forward, not only with dealing with communities 'out-of-the-Ioop' so to speak regarding Nuclear technology, but also with those driving the National Energy Plan for specific advantage with detriment to segments of South African citizenry like us in the far too often side-lined Eastern Cape.
For this reason, we propose the 'Commission on Macroeconomics, Energy and Ecosystem Services for Poverty Reduction'
A strengths and weakness analysis(SWOT) brainstormed at a meeting offered these insights:
1. High-tech knowledge upgrade of skills pool in our community 2. Cleaner than coal
3. Seawater vs Freshwater
4. Abundant local power, positive implications for pro-poor electrification
5. Development of a local IPP ie a REDS or RTO, Economic benefit consolidated through the above for provincial & local regions
6. Nuclear Waste 'Storage' off coastal continental shelf out to sea off the bay is easiest.
7. A 'nuclear knowledge' hub in the
8. Exporting not only energy but knowledge across
9. CDC boast, positioning Nuclear Plants in the CDC's like Coega will maximize advantage and minimize ruining pristine coastline
10. Diversification of Energy bouquet
11. Leaves the door open for PREMIUM green energy. (We envisage this opportunity in the future where Pro-poor and CDM opportunities can exploit Alternative Energy Production for not only VISIBILITY in the global climate change effort, but for sustainable livelihood pro-poor development.
12. The opportunity to revise the NEP, giving the
13. If the
14. We advocate for an Energy bouquet spread: Coal 50 %, Nuclear(at the Coast)35 % and 15 % Alternative Energy for the account of pro-poor initiatives
15. Of the Nuclear at the Coast -75% should be for the
16. 50% of National Energy production in the Highveld (CoaI)The remaining 25% spread between the
17. Uranium enrichment and export via Coega, limiting transport
18. Redressing the
2. Phobia's in terms of Nuclear Energy
3. Skills inadequacies
4. Ruining opportunities for CDM developments & alternative energy production
5. Making LNG and peaking plants redundant
6. Transmission lines
7. Side-lining of other provinces in the Energy 'race
8. Coal; 2nd biggest SA earner is marginalised
9. Uranium, transport, enrichment, and safety
10. Nuclear waste
11. Nuclear at the Coast and eco-tourism
12. Political Will and Finance is NOT centred in the
13. Runririg' pristine coastline
14. Drawing an influx of people into the
15. Changing the fundamental nature of the
The above are intended in good faith as a number of consideration around the consideraton of Nuclear Energy in
NiMBLE as Nelson Mandela Bay Metro's premier Metro Environmentalist platform for public participation in our local environment affairs for OUR collective future encourages clear reasoning into the path ahead.
A number of concerns are apparent and FOREMOST must be the side-lining of the
I hope you'll accept this in that spirit.
Grego!)' G. Smith, chairperson 2007, NiMBLE