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Environmental News

Climate change implementation now urgent – Molewa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called on all developed countries to urgently implement their pre-2020 pledges, including the provision of additional, new and predicable support to developing countries to reduce the effects of climate change. Speaking at the Bonn climate... 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018
FDT AFRICA 2018 The aim of fdt Africa 2018 is to consolidate the existing target groups of exhibitors and visitors

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought
DROUGHT EFFECTS As a result of the drought, the Western Cape has received 30% less rainfall than the amount needed at this stage

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

     17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process
UPCOMING AVAILABILITY Higher flow rates are expected to be available very soon

Maintenance programmes crucial for mine cost management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 In challenging economic times, mining companies are looking to ‘sweat’ their assets, and a key cost management strategy in this endeavour is the implementation of sustainable cost management programmes with structured and proactive maintenance programmes, says mining, materials handling and... 

Maintenance  programmes crucial for mine cost management
UPGRADE AND IMPROVE TAKRAF Africa’s redesign of a bucket-wheel reclaimer features three bolted segments that enable maintenance to be carried out only on the worn parts of the bucket wheel

Agreement on environmental monitoring of Karoo radio astronomy area

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 Two of the country’s top research institutions, the recently-established South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (Saeon) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to execute the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for... 

SKA site doubles as environmental observatory 

     16th November 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to senior journalist Keith Campbell about the Integrated Environmental Management Plan for Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array. 

SKA site doubles as environmental observatory
SKA site doubles as environmental observatory

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

By: Kim Cloete     15th November 2017 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is confident that the tide will turn and that Eskom will soon, and finally, sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) that have delayed the renewable energy industry for the past two years. SAWEA chairperson Mark Pickering outlined the... 

Wind energy industry optimistic despite frustrations

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 In the last decade, there have been over 40 mining waste failures, killing some 341 people and damaging hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affecting drinking water sources and the livelihood of communities, a new report entitled ‘Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident’, reveals. The... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050 – industry group

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday. To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota... 

IEA lists South Africa as possible hub for production of ‘green’ hydrogen-rich chemicals, fuels

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2017 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report lists South Africa, together with a handful of other territories, as having the potential to tap its abundant solar and wind resources to produce “green” hydrogen-rich chemicals and fuels, such as ammonia and methanol. The insight paper, titled... 

IEA lists South Africa as possible hub for production of ‘green’ hydrogen-rich chemicals, fuels

Beaufort West 'Day Zero' drought claims not true – Western Cape government

By: News24Wire      13th November 2017 The Western Cape government has denied claims that Beaufort West, a town of about 37 000 residents, has reached "Day Zero" in the water crisis in the region. The town "has simply run out of surface water", said James-Brent Styan, spokesperson for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and... 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 Unless South Africa and its citizens deal with the issue of widespread corruption, the country will not be able to provide the “kinds of engineering services” that it ought to provide to people, former Finance Minister and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel has said. Speaking at a South... 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel
Photo by Duane Daws
Trevor Manuel

Monitoring energy consumption fosters efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Being aware of how much energy one consumes is key in energy efficiency and management, and has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in businesses and residential households, says industrial switchgear, automation and energy efficiency product distributor ElectroMechanica (EM)... 

Monitoring energy consumption  fosters efficiency
SMART SOLUTIONS ElectroMechanica’s smart home solutions enable users to control and monitor their energy consumption from their smartphone

Energy-saving guide promotes sustainable mindset industry

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 International oil and gas company ExxonMobil has recently launched an energy- saving guide for the plastics industry to demonstrate to major companies in plastics how they can better manage their energy consumption. The guide, launched last month, is a practical approach designed to help with... 

Energy-saving guide  promotes sustainable mindset industry
ESSENTIAL ADVICE ExxonMobil’s energy-saving guide is aimed towards assisting the plastics industry in managing their energy consumption

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering conversations among African stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. CC:SE manager... 

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
LIGHTING THE WAY EUREM trainees are taught basic knowledge of energy efficiency, with an emphasis on energy efficient lighting systems

Organisation assists business in becoming energy efficient

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Lack of energy supply security, economic costs associated with energy, and environmental costs, such as depleting resources, contributing to climate change are just some of the factors that can be mitigated if South Africa embraces energy efficiency and reliable renewable energy alternatives,... 

Organisation assists  business in becoming  energy efficient
MONITORED CONSUMPTION NCPC-SA is trying to find ways to optimise South Africa’s energy consumption

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact, is set to reduce the volume of liquid-packaging cartons going... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

AfDB approves its second climate change action plan

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the ‘Africa Thriving and Resilient: The Bank Group’s Second Climate Change Action Plan, 2016-2020’ (CCAP2).  “The approval of this document is propitious as it echoes the ongoing discussions at Conference of the Parties (COP) 23 in Bonn, Germany,... 

Cities urged to help cut global supply chain emissions

By: Reuters     8th November 2017 Cities should try to slash the planet-warming gases pumped out beyond their own boundaries in the production of the vast quantities of goods and services they consume, researchers said. Upstream emissions – those generated along the global production chain when cars, clothes or building materials... 

China iron-ore hits six-week high, but steel output curbs to weigh

By: Reuters     7th November 2017 Iron ore futures in China rallied to their highest in nearly six weeks on Tuesday, extending recent gains along with steel prices, although steel production curbs over winter suggest further price increases in the raw material may be limited. Chinese cities have ordered their steel mills to cut... 

Shipping company cleaning up Durban cargo spill

By: News24Wire      6th November 2017 According to a statement released in Geneva on Friday by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) specialised boats and machinery are trying to extract the vast quantities of "nurdles" (raw plastic pellets) floating in the Durban harbour following a cargo spill by container ship MSC Susanna 24 days... 

China's Hebei province exceeds steel, other capacity cut targets for year

By: Reuters     3rd November 2017 China's top steel producing region Hebei province has surpassed its cutting targets for this year in steel, coal, cement and glass, under efforts to cut air pollution and overcapacity, state media service Xinhua reported on Friday. Hebei, which lies close to Beijing, has cut 25.55-million tonnes... 

We must do extraordinary things – Zuma on climate change

By: News24Wire      3rd November 2017 President Jacob Zuma has called on South Africans to do "extraordinary things" to address climate change. Answering questions in the National Assembly on Thursday, Zuma said scientific evidence showed that the African continent would continue getting warmer. 

Company completes second sustainable storage project

     3rd November 2017 Self-storage solutions company Stor-Age earlier this year installed a complete solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the generation of its three-phase power requirements at its Tokai store in the Western Cape. This is the second store in Stor-Age’s portfolio to be fitted with PV panels, and forms... 

Company completes second sustainable storage project
Photo by Bloomberg
SUSTAINABLE STORAGE Stor-Age aims to create sustainable infrastructure with minimal damage to the environment

Company keeps up with industrial cleaning trends, wins awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Over the past decade, global waste management company Averda’s focus regarding industrial cleaning has been to develop and increase the use of hands-free technologies, making it safer for operators to work and allowing for more complex tasks to be completed.  

Company keeps up with industrial cleaning trends, wins awards
CLEANING SAFELY During a recent plant shutdown, Averda completed more than 59 640 injury-free work hours in 14 days, cleaned 24 578 km of tubes and moved 180 000 t of product

Company offers industrial sweepers for efficient cleaning

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) has added industrial equipment manufacturer Haaga’s walk-behind sweepers to its product portfolio range, from entry-level machines for domestic and commercial applications to high-power sweepers for large commercial or industrial... 

Company offers  industrial sweepers for efficient cleaning
SWEEPING SUCCESS The intelligent airflow design of the walk-behind Haaga sweepers ensures efficient dust control

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity
Photo by Duane Daws
LEON VILJOEN This system makes it the ideal solution, not only for the environment, but also from a business perspective

A lot needs to be done to ensure universal access to water and sanitation – Tshwete

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 The roll-out of water and sanitation services to everyone in South Africa is a key priority for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.  

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging for food and drink products

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak showcased the advantages of carton packaging for food and drink products during a live food preparation event at Sandton-based culinary school Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, last month.  

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging  for food and drink products
DESIGNED FOR TODAY Cartons are lightweight and convenient, and their comprising fully recyclable materials means they are sustainable and ecofriendly

Reforms, business models key to unlocking private sector investment for climate change – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Smart policy reforms and innovative business models can unlock the trillions of dollars in private investment that is needed to ensure Africa meets its climate targets as agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The private sector, boasting innovation, the financing and resources, is considered... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2017 A new report has been released in an effort to mobilise South Africans behind the vision of creating a million ‘climate jobs’ as part of the country’s response to the threat posed by climate change. Published by the Alternative Information and Development Centre, the 60-page report has been... 

Report outlines vision for a million South African ‘climate jobs’

Rusal launches green aluminium brand to drive sales

By: Reuters     2nd November 2017 Russian aluminium giant Rusal launched a low-carbon certification programme and new brand on Wednesday in an effort to get more value from the green footprint of its smelters. Some customers are willing to pay $20 to $50 a tonne more for low-carbon metal, although no fixed premium will be... 

China must make polluters pay for waste treatment – legislator

By: Reuters     2nd November 2017 China needs to improve law enforcement and make polluters pay to treat-billions of tonnes of rural, industrial and household waste, the country's top legislator said in a report to parliament late on Wednesday. Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC), said China generates... 

Climate change harms health worldwide as millions swelter – study

By: Reuters     1st November 2017 Climate change has caused severe harm to human health since the year 2000 by stoking more heat waves, the spread of some mosquito-borne diseases and under-nutrition as crops fail, scientists said on Tuesday. Scant action to slow global warming over the past 25 years has jeopardized “human life... 

Top 250 firms emit third of CO2; few have strong goals to cut-study

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 The world's 250 biggest listed companies account for a third of all man-made greenhouse-gas emissions yet few have strong goals to limit rising temperatures, a study showed on Tuesday. Coal India, Gazprom and Exxon Mobil topped the list when measuring carbon dioxide emitted by companies and by... 

Tongaat Hulett recognised as sustainable leader in water management

By: Anine Kilian     31st October 2017 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has been awarded a position on this year’s Water A-List by nonprofit global environmental disclosure platform CDP.   The Water A-List comprises 73 global companies and is published alongside similar lists for corporate leadership on climate change and forests. “Water... 

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