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Metrofile sees both environmental and business virtue in recycling

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa estimates that, for every ton of paper recycled, three square metres of landfill space is saved, 17 trees are put to other uses, coal-based emissions are cut down by a ton of carbon dioxide and enough energy is saved yearly to provide 520 homes with... 

There are financial gains to be had from 
greening the supply chain, says expert

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 Whether Al Gore’s documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘ struck a cord with you, or whether your pet hate is the abandoned paper at the printer, then there is a burning topic that needs to be discussed to get South African businesses going green. 

Lack of finance-package progress in climate talks a worry

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2009 South Africa’s Environmental Affairs DG Joanne Yawitch – who spoke with Engineering News Online from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bonn, Germany – said on Thursday that she was confident that “we will come out of Copenhagen with an architecture... 

Sonjica says work on draft climate change policy continuing

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th June 2009 As World Environment Day was observed on Friday, South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica said that work on the country’s draft climate change policy continued. Work on the draft policy began in March this year, following intense deliberations at the Climate... 

Airports company to launch study into carbon footprint

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th June 2009 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) would launch a study into its carbon footprint, by the second quarter of this financial year, the company said on Friday. Speaking at an environmental stakeholder breakfast, Acsa head of environmental safety Musa Dlamini said that the carbon footprint... 

AfDB invests R100m into clean-energy private equity fund

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2009 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R100-million equity investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first Southern Africa-focused private equity fund specialising in the areas of clean-energy and sustainable technologies.  

WWF to assess SA’s transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st June 2009 South Africa’s World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is hoping to initiate discussions, and possibly also commission some analytical work, on what the constraints and opportunities for the country’s transition to low-carbon economy are. “There are a lot of outstanding questions. We can talk very... 

UNFCCC chief stresses importance of Copenhagen climate change pact 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2009 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretary general Yvo de Boer on Tuesday said that failure to reach agreement on climate change policy at the Copenhagen summit in December would result in future generations living in a world that was “extremely turbulent and... 

Green building becoming a mainstream global norm – council

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th May 2009 Globally, during construction and life-cycle, buildings consumed between 40% and 50% of the world’s energy produced, about 30% of resources, 20% of available water, and emit about 23% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than any other single sector. Buildings also produced about 30%... 

Businesses could cut emissions by switching off idle PCs

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st May 2009 Information Technology (IT) was said to account for 2% of global energy demand, and because a single Personal Computer (PC) running continuously could use in excess of 1 000 kWh/y, South African business could cut costs and associated carbon-dioxide emissions by implementing efficiencies. Of... 

Midrand’s Zonk’izizwe Town Center chosen as climate-positive project 

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th May 2009 The multi-billion Zonk’izizwe Town Center, an Old Mutual Property Investment’s mixed-use development in Midrand, was chosen as one of 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Programme (CPDP). The programme was a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) programme supporting the... 

Climate Group switches to telepresence system for international meetings 

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th May 2009 Telepresence, video and voice communications company Polycom and international nonprofit organisation the Climate Group on Wednesday announced an initiative using technology to advance climate change solutions. The initiative works to advance climate change solutions and accelerate a low-carbon... 

Conditions increasingly favourable in SA for IPPs, despite frustrations

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2009 Despite a definite air of frustration among potential South African independent power producers (IPPs), many of which have had their project plans set back by a series of regulatory and Eskom tender delays, international engineering consultancy Hatch believes that the prospects for IPP projects... 

WTO head calls for common vision on agricultural trade policy

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th May 2009 World Trade Organisation (WTO) DG Pascal Lamy has urged members to agree on a common vision for agricultural trade policy. However, he did maintain that the progress made, to date, has been important, despite the absence of a shared vision on agricultural trade policy. 

Lesotho efficient light bulb facility opens

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th May 2009 Lighting manufacturer Phillips says that it’s compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) manufacturing facility built in Lesotho, was opened in March this year. 

LOC to unveil Green Goal 2010 strategy in ‘weeks’, says Jordaan

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th May 2009 The FIFA 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) would unveil its national ‘Green Goal’ strategy in a “few weeks” confirmed LOC CEO Danny Jordaan. Speaking at the launch of the 2010 Sustainability Awards (an Impumulelo project in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation),... 

CDM achievements ‘far outweigh’ difficulties and flaws – Unctad  

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th May 2009 A panel of climate experts, economists, and government officials have noted the difficulties, and discussed ways on how to increase participation by developing countries in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). At a three-day United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (Unctad) meeting... 

SA, Uganda agree to further develop science and technology cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     1st May 2009 SOUTH Africa and Uganda are seeking to develop their scientific and technological cooperation in number of important fields, including biosciences, environmental sciences, satellite applications, and energy research. The two countries are already partners in a number of international scientific... 

Cleantech approach to business continues to face impediments

By: Christopher Clarke     1st May 2009 A key factor in the expansion and economic success of new cleantech enterprises in South Africa, and globally for that matter, pertains to the demystification of cleantech as a business model. 

Green building council to start work on Green Star SA retail rating tool

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th April 2009 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) on Tuesday said it was looking for members to form a technical working group, which would work on the development of the Green Star South Africa retail rating tool. This would follow the model of the already established rating tool for office... 

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