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Climate Change News

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).... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The interplay between water and energy is more critical than ever, with climate change forcing people to work together, according to World Bank energy and extractives global practive director Charles Feinstein. “You can’t tackle energy problems without being sensitive to water demands. Global... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

Global companies start to influence consumers

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 In the wake of mounting climate change, a global conference on sustainable brands has shown how some companies are starting to innovate and redesign manufacturing, products and services to be more in tune with sustainable practices. “Brands, large and small, are showing the way, with some... 

Global companies start to influence consumers

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source
HYBRID SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC Renewable and cost efficient energy source

Innovation and research needed to bolster farming productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 As South Africa struggles with rising food prices, the effects of the worst drought in 20 years and water shortage, the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) highlighted how the country’s agricultural industry could address some of the challenges from an agricultural... 

Innovation and research needed to bolster farming productivity
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EMPHASISED DELIBERATION Considerations at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development included promoting the preference for sustainable, labour-intensive farming systems

Renewables programme showcases benefits of public–private collaboration

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy, despite the current period of slow growth... 

Decision ‘soon’ on seawater desalination plant for Durban 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2016 Amid new night-time water restrictions on eThekwini residents, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has confirmed that a medium-sized seawater desalination plant is being studied for development in an area south of the city. Writing in a response to a Parliamentary question posed by... 

Decision ‘soon’ on seawater desalination plant for Durban
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Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Probiotic composting system recognised in environmental awards

By: Dylan Slater     22nd April 2016 Manufacturer of sustainable probiotic-based products Probio’s Bokashi Composter system will receive recognition at the yearly Eco-Logic Awards for its ability to reduce greenhouse gases.  

AfDB pledges increased financial support for Mozambique

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd April 2016 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has affirmed its commitment to continue supporting the growing Mozambique economy, particularly regarding the country’s energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Leading a team of senior staff to Maputo earlier this month, AfDB president Akinwumi... 

AfDB pledges increased financial support for Mozambique
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INVESTMENT NEED Mozambique is in the process of revitalising its economy, focusing on priority areas, such as agriculture, energy and infrastructure

Hulisani says it has R2.5bn project pipeline as it lists on JSE

By: David Oliveira     22nd April 2016 Newly established renewable energy special-purpose acquisition company (Spac) Hulisani listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), earlier this month, taking advantage of investor demand for energy assets in South Africa and Africa. Company CEO Mlungelo Zilimbola... 

17 solar PV plants now commercially operational in the Northern Cape

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 The inauguration last month of renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital’s 90 MW De Aar 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, marked the seventeenth solar PV plant to start commercial operation in the province. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who attended the... 

17 solar PV plants now commercially operational in the Northern Cape
TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON The Northern Cape hosts 100% of the CSP and 65% of the solar PV capacity procured in the REIPPPP bid windows

Rules uncertainty curbing Cape Town’s embedded generation enthusiasm

By: Kim Cloete     15th April 2016 Despite hurdles, Cape Town has surged ahead with alternative ways of procuring energy, with more businesses and households generating excess electricity and then feeding it back into the grid. The City of Cape Town was given permission to be a pilot site for embedded generation, with its first... 

Rules uncertainty curbing Cape Town’s embedded generation enthusiasm

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium 

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2016 Twenty-four hours after launching, US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Motors has secured more than 180 000 orders for its new Model 3 vehicle, making it the biggest driver of potential lithium demand from the auto sector to date. By Friday afternoon, that figure had risen to above 198 000... 

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium
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Tesla Model 3

Africa to receive early-warning weather systems

By: Dylan Slater     1st April 2016 The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has, in a tender procedure, selected private weather service provider Ubimet to provide equipment and services for meteorological and hydrological early-warning systems that will be supplied to national weather services in developing countries, with... 

Nuclear essential in fight against global warming – World Nuclear Association

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2016 If the world is to meet the target of restricting global warming to 2 ˚ C by 2100, then there will have to be a substantial increase in global nuclear power capacity. So affirmed incoming World Nuclear Association Chairman Dr Helmut Engelbrecht at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference.  

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Cost consultants and quantity surveyors can play a pivotal role in helping new building projects and decision-makers to make green building decisions during construction, says University of Pretoria Department of Construction Economics quantity surveying programme leader Danie Hoffman. 

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives
GREEN BUILDING Success of green technologies depends on all parties being well informed about their application and benefits

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Correct energy management and using green building techniques can decrease the demand for energy by 30%, says the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Green techniques, energy management reduce energy demand
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RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVING Responsibility of saving energy should be shared by consumers and suppliers

Policy implementation yields green awareness

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055. 

Policy implementation yields green awareness
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity

5.7% decline in half-year revenue for sugar producer

25th March 2016 Agriculture, agroprocessing and sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has noted a 5.7% decline in half-year revenue, generating an operating profit for the 2015/16 sugar season. The sugar season, which runs from April 1 to March 31 yearly has been beleaguered by drought during the current season which... 

5.7% decline in  half-year revenue  for sugar producer
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STRUGGLING MARKET Tongaat Hulett’s various sugar operations’ revenue totalled R5-billion up until September

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

Coal baseload bidder expects IPP project evaluation to begin early April 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2016 One of the two bidders for the first round of South Africa’s Coal Baseload Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (CBIPPPP), Marubeni, of Japan, expects the evaluation of bids to begin in April, following an initial delay in the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office receiving the... 

Coal baseload bidder expects IPP project evaluation to begin early April

IEA’s 2015 carbon audit points to growth-emissions ‘decoupling’

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2016 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis of global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions points to a “decoupling” of greenhouse-gas emissions from economic growth, with emissions having remained flat in 2015, notwithstanding global economic growth during the year of over 3%.... 

IEA’s 2015 carbon audit points to growth-emissions ‘decoupling’
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Renewables accounting for around 90% of new electricity generation in 2015

Carbon tax implementation likely in 2017 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th March 2016 After ten years in the making, it was possible that South Africa will implement a carbon tax in 2017, as directed in National Treasury’s Draft Carbon Tax Bill, published late last year, Carbon Check South Africa said on Friday. The process to promulgate a tax on carbon-dioxide-equivalent (CO2-e)... 

Carbon tax implementation likely in 2017

The water-energy nexus: Insights into resilient development

11th March 2016 ADVERTORIAL – By Nevenka Ristic How do we ensure that our investments are resilient to climate risks? How do we make climate-smart policy choices against a backdrop of uncertainty? So far, the world has relied on global circulation models that provide information on general climate patterns whose... 

The water-energy nexus: Insights into resilient development
Dr Diejo J Rodriguez

Manufacturer offers alternative prepackaging, processing solutions

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices, to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says... 

Development of biobased carpet backing step towards sustainable flooring

4th March 2016 Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, announced in July last year that it had developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles, which has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low volatile organic compounds and high dimensional stability. The ‘green’... 

Development of  biobased carpet  backing step towards sustainable flooring
INTERFACE CARPET Interface has now developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles

Water company helping to combat climate change

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With meteorologists claiming that the current drought in South Africa is because El Niño is preventing moisture reaching the sub-Saharan Africa region, water service provider Mega Water states that the country will have to consider decentralised water treatment, the capturing of rainwater and the... 

Water company helping to combat climate change
RUDY ROBERTS South Africa will have to consider decentralised water treatment

COP 21 agreement raises justness concerns

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 Although Engineering News reported in January that the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21), held in Paris last December, had been lauded as better than any other international climate change meeting, the media has reported that there has been controversy regarding the justness of the... 

COP 21 agreement raises  justness concerns
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CLIMATE CHANGE The meeting at COP 21 reached an agreement to keep the global temperature below 2˚C, which was adopted by 187 member nations

Wetlands, water conservation key to environment

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With wetlands being essential to the ecosystem, owing to water being a precious resource to mankind, the second annual Flufftail Festival, held last month in Johannesburg, highlighted the need to preserve water, wetlands and endangered waterbirds (especially the rare and critically endangered... 

Wetlands, water  conservation key  to environment
CLEANING UP WATER RESOURCES BirdLife South Africa's CEO says wetlands are essential to the ecosystem

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Recognising the socioeconomic strain caused by the current drought and following the successful implementation of its Industry Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, the national resource efficiency programme National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) is developing an Industrial Water... 

Water efficiency programme in first stages of development
KEVIN CILLIERS The National Cleaner Production Centre regional manager says that ts new programme will help alleviate South Africa's water scarcity

Water problems will continue – consultancy

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Factors, such as climate change and dam sedimentation, as well as a skills shortage in local government, water boards and water utilities, will continue to impact on water security after the drought ends, says civil engineer and consultant for engineering services firm WSP∣Parsons Brinkerhoff... 

Water problems will continue – consultancy
PURIFIED? Consultant says that half of all the water treatment facilities are underperforming

Automotive industry highly unlikely to show growth in 2016 – KPMG

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 The lacklustre economy, consumers’ desparate financial position and affordability of vehicles are three key areas that will stunt the growth of the South African automotive industry this year, says audit, advisory and tax services firm KPMG. According to KPMG automotive sector partner Gavin... 

Automotive industry highly unlikely to show growth in 2016 – KPMG
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GRIM YEAR AHEAD FOR MOTOR INDUSTRY The weakened economy has made the auto motive market less conducive for buying and even operating vehicles 

Below-normal rainfall worsening drought across Southern Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th February 2016 The drought in Southern Africa could become one of the worst on record should the current below-normal rainfall continue, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme said this week. The El Niño conditions presently being experienced in the region had resulted in a 35-year rainfall low between... 

Below-normal rainfall worsening drought across Southern Africa

Aviation emissions standard to come into force in 2020

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th February 2016 Following six years of negotiations between governments, the aviation industry and environmental group observers, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) has designed the world’s first carbon dioxide (CO2) efficiency standard for aircraft. The standard, which would come into force... 

Aviation emissions standard to come into force in 2020

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) MD Liz Hart says the value of attending the eighth yearly AEI is that industry stakeholders will meet the right people who can decide on energy transactions and implement them.  

Premier energy event a must for energy businesses
DOING DEALS AND TAKING NAMES The Africa Energy Indaba is a great place to liaise with potential clients and create new partnerships

Local governments must play bigger role in energy sector

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local governments, as key decision-makers in urban development and planning, need to be more involved in the development of a sustainable energy sector, says research organisation Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) director Mark Borchers.  

Local governments  must play bigger role  in energy sector
ENERGY POVERTY Sustainable Energy Africa enables municipalities to implement sustainable energy strategies

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