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Climate Change News

Nedbank to spend R20m in a bid to become carbon neutral  

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th September 2009 Known as the ‘green’ financial institution, Nedbank has announced its ambitions to become carbon neutral, at a likely cost of up to R20-million, but CEO Tom Boardman is quick to add that investments in environmental responsibility are paying off. 

Challenging ventilation shaft at Ingulu hydropower project is complete

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2009 Contractor Atlantis Drill has sunk its largest diameter hole through a 23-m pre-sunk concrete collar of 234-m ventilation shaft at the Ingula project near Van Reenen with a Sandvik Reamer, which MD Sarel Smit confesses was not just a milestone, but sometimes did give team some “anxious moments”. 

World leaders meet on climate change in New York

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd September 2009 Almost 100 world leaders descended on New York as the United Nations (UN) held its summit on climate change on Tuesday, aimed at mobilising political will and strengthening momentum for a fair, effective, and ambitious climate deal in Copenhagen in December. According to UN Secretary-General... 

Business leaders call for ‘robust' climate deal  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd September 2009 South African companies Absa, Nedbank, Pick ‘n Pay, Santam, Sanlam and Sappi joined business leaders from over 500 global companies to sign ‘The Copenhagen Communiqué', urging world leaders to agree on an "ambitious, robust and equitable" global deal on climate change, and warned that business... 

SA to release draft climate change policy by month-end

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th September 2009 The Department of Environmental Affairs would release South Africa's draft climate change policy for comment by the end of September, said Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Tuesday. She said that she had seen a the draft document at a recent workshop, and this draft, which was... 

SA not ‘compromising anything' at climate change negotiations - Sonjica  

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th September 2009 Five weeks of "tough" climate change negotiations awaited South Africa's negotiators before the global climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December, and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica remained adamant that South Africa's "responsibilities are different, because our... 

R&D investment of at least $100bn needed to fight climate change – World Bank

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th September 2009 Research and development investment in the order of between $100-billion and $700-billion a year was needed to help solve the world’s climate problems, the World Bank’s ‘World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change’ highlighted on Tuesday. This would be a “major increase” on the... 

New turbine for generation of undersea power – Alstom 

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2009 New turbines were being developed to generate electrical power from undersea currents, Alstom country president Didier Farez revealed at the Actom launch in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Speaking at the unveiling of the new corporate livery of Actom – formerly Alstom Electrical Industries – Farez... 

Solid growth in solar 
thermal installations

By: Leandi Kolver     11th September 2009 Solar thermal heating, which harnesses the sun’s energy for domestic water heating, space heating, and other industrial processes, expanded by 19 GW of the thermal heating equivalent to reach 147 GW of capacity in 2007. 

SA will not commit to growth-threatening climate targets 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2009 The South African government would establish a reconfigured inter-Ministerial committee to formulate a national programme for climate change, as well as the country's formal negotiation stance ahead of global climate negotiations in December. But Cabinet reiterated on Thursday that it was not... 

Sweden's environmental technology sector ‘thriving', PM tells SA seminar 

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th September 2009 Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt on Thursday said that the environmental technology sector in Sweden was "thriving", as the country became more focused on developing technology to protect the environment. Reinfelt was addressing delegates at the opening of the Symbiocity seminar in... 

WWF names high-profile personalities as climate champions  

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th September 2009 Nedbank CEO Tom Boardman, Lereko Group executive chairperson Valli Moosa, Shanduka chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa and top academic Dr Mamphela Ramphele were on Tuesday announced as Climate Champions, as chosen by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). As climate champions, the high-profile... 

SA wants technology diffusion to developing countries at centre of Copenhagen deal 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 Predictable financial flows, technology transfer and capacity building for developing countries are the imperatives sought by South African Department of Water and Environmental Affairs negotiators as they prepare for the global climate change negotiations at Copenhagen (the fifteenth conference... 

Swedish PM Reinfeldt to open SA SymbioCity seminar

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be opening the SymbioCity seminar – focusing on the Swedish project of the same name that promotes holistic and sustainable urban development by finding synergies in urban functions and unlocking their efficiency and profitability – in Johannesburg.... 

SA wants technology diffusion to developing countries at centre of Copenhagen deal

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 Predictable financial flows, technology transfer and capacity building for developing countries are the imperatives sought by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs negotiators, as they prepare for the global climate change negotiations at Copenhagen (the 15th conference of the... 

South Africa starts coming to grips with 
economic impacts of climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has recognised that climate change is a major threat to economic growth, sustainable development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and will release the country’s ‘draft zero’ Climate Change policy for comment in September. 

'Maize-based ethanol can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 50%'

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 Newer corn ethanol facilities show that modern processes can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 50% compared to petrol, according to the ‘Improvements in Life Cycle Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Ethanol’ analysis. 

Biofuels forecast to account for 46,1% of ‘unconventional fuel’ growth in next 20-odd years

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 The world’s liquid fuels supply will grow 22% from 86,2-million barrels per day (mbpd) in 2007 to 105,4 mbpd in 2030, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections in the 2009 Annual Energy Outlook. 

Nampak bankrolls roll-out of recycling banks at shopping centres, office parks

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 By the end of September, 20 strategically chosen located north of Johannesburg will have been fitted with recycling banks and will be ready to deal with any garbage thrown their way. 

SA academics taking part in global bioenergy initiative

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 A new project has been launched at the University of Stellenbosch in response to the growing uncertainty about whether the world should look to bioenergy, such as biofuels, heat and electricity, to play a prominent role in the future. 

Carbon capture seen as transition measure as SA moves to cut fossil fuel reliance 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th August 2009 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) was a transition measure between South Africa’s reliance on fossil fuels to a greater reliance on nuclear or renewable energy forms, South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) senior manager Tony Surridge said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Energy... 

CDM projects picking up again after global crisis slowed development

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th August 2009 The value of the carbon market was about $118-billion in 2008, which represented an 84% increase in the total value of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions traded in 2007, with the volume of GHG emissions reductions traded in 2008 reaching four-billion tons - a 42% increase on the volume... 

Copenhagen Consensus Centre launches climate change project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2009 The Copenhagen Consensus Centre has launched the ‘Climate Change Project’, which was designed to promote informed debate about innovative ways to respond to global warming, ahead of the fast approaching global negotiations in Copenhagen in December. The organisation would release what it called... 

UN climate change negotiations get under way in Bonn

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th August 2009 Global climate change talks, leading up to the Copenhagen conference in December, started in Bonn, Germany this week, and South Africa was represented at these informal talks by Department of Environmental Affairs negotiators. The aim of the talks was to pave the way to fair agreement, which... 

Climate change presents opportunity to move into new growth areas – CSIR

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th August 2009 Achieving economic growth and tackling climate change were not divergent issues, and a number of countries were seeing them as an opportunity to re-orientate some of their industries, by getting “out of the old failing industries and into new growth areas of green technology”, said Council for... 

Africa united at climate change negotiations 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th August 2009 Africa’s position at climate change negotiations was viewed as unified and strong, in fact, as a region, Africa was “probably the most unified”, said Department of Environmental Affairs international cooperation DDG Alf Wills. He added that developing countries, in general, were unified on the... 

Companies urged to slash their 
environmental impacts

By: Leandi Kolver     31st July 2009 Companies needed to consider the impact that creating their product has on the environment, noted consulting firm LMI research fellow Taylor Wilkerson at the recent Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa conference, pointing out that the biggest environmental challenges came... 

€400bn transcontinental solar-energy venture 
gains heavyweight backers

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2009 Over the next three years a group of 12 large European companies will seek to map out investment plans of an ambitious transcontinental renewable-energy project, which proponents argue could supply up to 15% of Europe’s electricity requirements by 2050 and involve an investment of around... 

Chartered Accountants Institute unveils ‘Green’ book  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd July 2009 In promoting sustainability and sustainable reporting, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has launched ‘Green’, a book tackling the issue of why corporate leaders should embrace sustainability and ensure profitability. ‘Green’ author Graham Terry said that his... 

British Minister says SA plays positive role in climate change talks

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th July 2009 South Africa’s contribution to climate change negotiations was viewed as “very very welcome”, and the country was “playing a very positive role”, said British Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock on Tuesday. Addressing participants at the British High Commission in Pretoria, by way of... 

$160bn structure needed for developing nations to deal with climate change 

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th July 2009 A new global financial architecture would be an important part of the global climate change deal intended to replace the Kyoto Protocol post 2012, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has suggested that this system would need to generate at least $160-billion a year. As the high-profile... 

More low-carbon technology inventions needed to combat climate change – report

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th July 2009 The fight against climate change would not be won unless a “revolution” in the use of existing low-carbon technology, and numerous new inventions took hold, said the Global Climate Network (GCN) in its report released on Wednesday. Entitled ‘Breaking through on technology’, the report was... 

SA’s emission reduction plan lacks action – WWF  

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 While South Africa had commendable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, and played a positive role in international climate change negotiations, implementation and action on the ground was said to be lacking. “South Africa has the most comprehensive plan … on how we can reduce our... 

WWF urges G8 summit to take action on climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 As the Group of Eight (G8) countries prepare for the G8 summit in Italy next week, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has urged leaders to put meaningful climate change action at the top of the agenda, and issued the top industrialised nations with their ‘climate change scorecards’. Issues on... 

Opening up trade could have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions – report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2009 Opening up trade and combating climate change could be mutually supportive towards realising a low-carbon economy, a report published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep) stated on Friday. Examining the implications of... 

Separate tariffs may be required for large- and small-scale PV installations

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 In order to establish a functioning renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) for South Africa, Camco director Jonathan Curren suggests in the Socio-Economic Impacts and Regulatory Framework Requirements for a Solar PV Feed-in Tariff in South Africa study that two feed-in tariffs be established;... 

Levy on nonrenewable electricity to become effective July 1 

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th June 2009 The 2c/kWh tax on electricity generated from non-renewable resources would be implemented starting July 1. The tax, which was first suggested in the 2008 Budget by the Minister of Finance at the time, Trevor Manuel, was initially delayed, but would now come into effect, confirmed National... 

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