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Climate Change News

Driverless transport startup receives backing from rail equipment giant

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Railway systems and equipment company Alstom is investing €14-million in driverless transport startup company EasyMile, which is developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle.  

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

     10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

Agreement significant in phasing down ozone depleting substances

     3rd February 2017 Specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa (SA) has hailed the signing of the Kigali Amendment on October 15, 2016 as an “historic international agreement” for the phasedown of commonly used, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Expo and conference  to focus on major  industry trends
SOURCING SOLUTIONS The African Utility week conference and expo will gather over 7000 decision-makers from more than 40 countries

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2017 An international scenario planner has teamed up with conservation organisation WWF to chart scenarios for South Africa’s water future in light of the country’s precarious position as a water-stressed country, as well as the recent drought, which caused serious social and economic damage. The... 

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis
Boston Consulting Group’s Alan Iny

Improved technology boosts airport operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 To provide more accurate information for airports across the country, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has upgraded existing technology and implemented new weather-observing technology at all airports to detect harsh weather earlier. 

Farm workers earn through carbon credit programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate, in Stellenbosch, have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared half the R204 000 paid out from carbon credits – derived from practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm. An average of R4 000... 

Farm workers earn through carbon credit programme

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’ 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2016 A call has been made for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case to be re-run in order to generate a “least-cost” outcome that is free from the “artificial constraints” imposed on renewable energy in the current draft. The base case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) on November... 

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’

Southern Africa faces worst drought in decades

By: African News Agency      8th December 2016 Nearly 14-million people in southern Africa are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance as the region faces the worst El Nino induced drought in decades. United Nations (UN humanitarian agencies and partners launched a revised action plan to outlining their response to the needs of an... 

Southern Africa faces worst drought in decades

Western Cape govt intensifies fight against climate change

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 The Western Cape provincial government has been accepted to join the Climate Group – States & Regions Alliance, an international group of provincial, State and regional governments that aims to accelerate the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Members share expertise on innovative policy,... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses 

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The amount of municipality-supplied water being lost through leaking pipes and dripping taps – which amounts to about 25% – is a significant concern in the current drought-promoting climate and subsequent water restrictions in the country, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses

Marrakech climate conference focuses on cities, towns implementing Paris Agreement

By: African News Agency      11th November 2016 The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco, has put its spotlight on cities, towns and regions around the world that are making efforts to reduce their carbon emissions. These cities and towns are striving to play a key role in implementing the Paris Agreement,... 

IFC study finds climate pact helped open up $23tn in emerging market opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2016 A study released on Tuesday by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of World Bank Group, shows that the historic global agreement on climate change adopted in Paris last year helped open up nearly $23-trillion in opportunities for climate-smart investments in emerging markets... 

Germany’s Pervormance International eyes South African market

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2016 German family-owned Pervormance International is seeking out opportunities in the South African market by bringing a cooling solution that could increase the productivity of employees working in hot conditions by 12%. The E.Cooline range on offer aims to combat heat stress in hot and humid... 

Ramp up efforts to lower carbon emissions, warns former Greenpeace leader  

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 Former Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo has called for major changes in a bid to deal with “irreversible, runaway and catastrophic” climate change. He told delegates at the annual Windaba, in Cape Town, that even the approach of the environmental movement and progressive parts of society... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Environmental preservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA) has welcomed South Africa’s ratification of the milestone Paris agreement reached at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

Declaring national drought disaster not a quick fix – Minister

By: News24Wire      21st October 2016 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane does not have sole authority to declare the drought, which is plaguing eight provinces, a national disaster. "I have no authority to declare a disaster. Once the relative authorities, including Treasury and the department of co-operative governance... 

Declaring national drought disaster not a quick fix – Minister
Water & Sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a new organisation that will work within 15 SADC member States to collaboratively strengthen the management and development of groundwater for social and economic development in the region through the... 

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management
Photo by Bloomberg
UNTAPPED RESOURCE Groundwater is the primary source of all water for about 70% of the inhabitants of the Southern African Development Community, yet only 1.5% is used

More climate financing from AfDB, next four year plan will be ambitious

By: African News Agency      19th October 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday, announced that its annual climate financing will triple to $5-billion dollars a year by 2020, which will increase its total new investments to 40% by 2020. This was announced at the sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa... 

More climate financing from AfDB, next four year plan will be ambitious

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 With ongoing water restrictions across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is revisiting its policies on hydropower and the effect climate change has on the water sector. South Africa has been struck by drought conditions over the last two years, which has had a significant... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

South Africa under pressue to ratify COP21 agreement . . . because of Trump

By: News24Wire      15th September 2016 South Africa is under pressure to ratify the COP21 climate change Paris agreement before the end of the year, as doing so could make it binding on a potential Donald Trump-led US. "If the Paris agreement is in force, legally the US can't get out of it," Environmental Affairs Deputy... 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Glass recycling and reuse of returnable bottles reduce glass at landfill

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 Consumption of returnable glass-bottled products has increased, owing to the increased affordability of returnable packs, amid difficult economic times and lower levels of disposable income. South Africa’s returnable bottle system and glass recycling initiatives divert more than two-million... 

Glass recycling and reuse  of returnable bottles  reduce glass at landfill
RETURNABLE BOTTLE SYSTEM Returnable bottles can make up to 30 trips between customers and the retailer before reaching the end of useable life

SA farmers hope for enough rain after winter

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The next five months and the following planting season will be critical for farmers who have been affected by the devastating drought which crippled the agriculture sector recently. According to agricultural organisation AgriSA CEO Omri van Zyl, farmers need to see out the winter and hope for... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow the economy

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Consistent and sustainable water supply is necessary to ensure socioeconomic growth; therefore, wastewater treatment, as a comparatively cost-effective solution that reduces strain on available water supply, is vital to economic growth in water-stressed countries, says waste management company... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow  the economy
UNDERCOVER OPERATION The underground biological wastewater treatment plant should remain operational for up to 25 years

Paris Agreement consensus opens business opportunities  

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 A significant opportunity has emerged as a result of the consensus reached in Paris at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the end of last year and the world is now at an inflection point in the transition to cleaner... 

New policymaker booklet to be introduced next week

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 A new policymakers advisory booklet on climate change adaptation and resilience in Africa will be launched at an upcoming communication event in Mauritius next week. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology and the German National Academy of... 

New policymaker booklet to be introduced next week

Unilever head urges South African firms to prioritise society not just shareholders

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2016 The global head of consumer goods group Unilever has urged South African companies to eschew short-termism and begin integrating the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) into their operating models, describing their attainment as not only achievable, but also a high-return... 

Unilever head urges South African firms to prioritise society not just shareholders
Unilever CEO Paul Polman

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas 

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 hp, 100% compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it will trial for the next five years at its Free State operations. The official handover of the buses, which comprise the first Euro 6 bus engines in South Africa, was concluded in... 

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTHONY KING Each bus has eight carbon fibre compressed natural gas tanks, which will allow for about 1 200 m3 of gas

Agri SA calls for a national disaster declaration 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 Agri SA on Friday welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, to declare most of South Africa’s provinces as drought disaster areas. On Friday, Van Rooyen declared all but Gauteng as drought disaster areas because of the threat to... 

Agri SA calls for a national disaster declaration

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th June 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation – the group’s first microgrid in South Africa – at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. The Longmeadow site hosts ABB’s head offices and logistics and manufacturing centre. 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters
ABB Longmeadow Headquarters

New power generation system commissioned in Beppu, Japan

     3rd June 2016 Distributed waste heat to power generation service provider ElectraTherm sales and marketing director Kazunori Ueda, in mid-April, announced the commissioning of the Power+ Generator 4400 in Beppu, Japan.  

New power generation system commissioned  in Beppu, Japan
FIRST OF ITS KIND The unit uses geothermal heat to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity at the site

Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other countries... 

Report finds World Heritage sites threatened by climate change

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2016 Climate change is fast becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to a report released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the United Nations Environment Programme and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).... 

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