- Published on 04 December 2017
In a bid to reduce climate-changing carbon emissions, energy regulator ZERA has outlawed use of a more toxic version of diesel called D500, replacing it with the much cleaner diesel 50 (D50).
At pump, each litre of D50 costs around $1,36, compared to D500, which retails at around $1,23. This has always been a lingering concern, working against cleaner energies, that the change must necessarily cost more? In the past, we have seen how investors frowned upon solar power as a viable alternative for grid electricity supply due to high installation costs of the PV solar technology. Until recently, when prices dropped from about 18c/kWh ten years ago to just 3c/kWh, according to a 2017 report by the International Energy Agency. A switch to diesel 50 was said by ZERA to be a cheap and quick way to reduce Zimbabwe’s carbon footprint of 26 000 gigatones. (Herald)