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Environmental News

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Dubai-based airline Emirates is introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles for use in economy class on all its long-haul flights. The blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology, with each blanket made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

By: Reuters     4th January 2017 The sight of a drone hovering above the streets of Tandale to map the crowded flood-prone neighbourhood in the north of Dar es Salaam spread excitement among inhabitants tired of dealing with regular inundations. “I am happy to see something is being done to prevent flooding,” said 35-year-old... 

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund (WWF) South Africa on Thursday warned that the West Coast rock lobster, commonly known as kreef, could disappear from menus altogether within the next five years unless radical action is taken to save the fishery. For this reason, the organisation... 

Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF

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

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ENERGY CONFERENCE The conference was hosted by the Department of Energy, in partnership with the National Business Initiative and Business Unity South Africa

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Water solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape
CLARUS FUSION The Clarus system requires sludge removal only once every four to six years, and only one hour of routine maintenance every six months

Phase 2 of South Africa’s largest mixed-use parkland to commence

     9th December 2016 Construction company Renico Earthworks & Civils will commence the R280-million contract for the construction of internal services in Phase 2 of the Steyn City Parkland Residence project, in Johannesburg, before the end of this year. 

Phase 2 of South Africa’s  largest mixed-use parkland to commence
MIXED LAND USE Steyn City will include a lifestyle resort, a city centre, a commercial park, retail outlets, a retirement village, a medical centre and private residences on its 810 ha of land

Programmes heighten awareness and participation

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The National Business Initiative’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency programme has, among others, not only reinforced the business case for energy efficiency but also raised the bar in terms of industry’s awareness and participation, says resource efficiency and management company Environmental... 

Programmes heighten awareness and participation
DAVID MERCER ERM has identified energy savings ranging from 15% to 20% through programmes it has run in conjunction with companies in different sectors

SA foundation’s helicopter to help Gabon combat forest elephant poaching

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 As part of its ongoing contribution to combat wildlife poaching, Johannesburg-based societal upliftment organisation the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, donated a Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter as part of a package to assist Gabon in fighting a poaching epidemic destroying the country’s forest... 

SA foundation’s helicopter to help Gabon combat  forest elephant poaching
EYE IN THE SKY The newly donated Gazelle helicopter is a highly valuable asset for the National Parks Agency of Gabon, Parcs Gabon, to combat forest elephant poaching

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

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management
WASTE MANAGEMENT Opportunities introduce new waste technologies, as the future of the spillage response will move toward more environment-friendly methods

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,... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made of virgin polypropylene (PP) material. Fibertex South Africa CEO Clive Hitchcock comments that virgin... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes
CLIVE HITCHCOCK Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Company supports plastic waste management
Plastics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn and DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman discuss the importance of environmental and waste management, as well as the plastics industry’s contribution to environmental protection. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials
Photo by Duane Daws
THE BUS STOPS HERE Transport systems depend on the quality and sustainability of the associated infrastructure, therefore government has to invest in infrastructure to increase mobility and grow the economy

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat can respond to the demand for water management across sectors. SewTreat spokesman Theunis... 

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified
WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES SewTreat offers a specialised, modular biological wastewater treatment plant tailor-made for the African market

Exclusive rights for wastewater treatment acquired

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Angolan oil and gas services company Friburge has acquired the exclusive rights to provide waste treatment solutions using wastewater treatment company Nature Oil and Gas’s technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The waste treatment solutions are on-board solutions to treat wastewater, or slops,... 

Exclusive rights  for wastewater treatment acquired
WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS Friburge provides waste treatment solutions that are on board and can be flushed regularly with water or chemical to clean them of debris and built-up residue

Greater emphasis on industrial air filtration needed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th November 2016 Despite the health and environmental benefits associated with ensuring clean air in industrial environments, many companies still consider air filtration as a nonessential element of their operations, says air filtration solutions provider Aircure owner Darren Bibby. 

Greater emphasis  on industrial air  filtration needed
CUSTOMISABLE DESIGN Aircure’s containerised baghouse filter system is scalable and can be supplied with any level of filtration

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Although noise pollution has been described as the next ‘green’ barrier to overcome, flooring solutions provider KBAC Flooring says noise pollution is often overlooked in corporate environmental policies. For instance, KBAC Flooring sales director Brandon Park points out that selecting the... 

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies
BRANDON PARKS Property developers, designers and architects have a crucial role to play in providing inspirational working environments for employees

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,... 

Grey water treatment innovation receives recognition

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 Top honours were awarded to Klerksdorp-based multidisciplinary environmental, social and ecological services company Baoberry founder and MD Yolandi Schoeman at the 2016 awards ceremony of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in South Africa (GCIP-SA)... 

Grey water treatment innovation  receives recognition
AWARDS CEREMONY Winners at awards ceremony of the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in South Africa

Hesitancy in the construction industry owing to lack of funds

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  highlights that there is a fair amount of uncertainty in the construction and infrastructure industry given the negative influences affecting it as a whole. WSP divisional director Michael Bouwmeester points out that... 

Hesitancy in the  construction industry  owing to lack of funds
INVESTMENTS REMAIN STAGNANT Mega projects in the infrastructure industry are subdued at the moment owing to the lack of funds

High demand for infrastructure drives equipment manufacturer to focus on Southern Africa

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE Global will continue to work with its customers to enhance the return on their investment and in so doing gain significant competitive advantage while reducing environmental impacts.  

New tech recommended for refurbishment

     11th November 2016 Vinyl flooring and protection solution specialist Polyflor South Africa marketing director Tandy Coleman recommends two modern technology methods of removing bitumen from floors during floor removal. “Bitumen can be very difficult to remove. Over the years many methods have been tried, some with... 

New tech recommended  for refurbishment
FLOOR ADHESIVE Bitumen is less affected by moisture than any other adhesive products

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... 

Best practice guideline aims at enabling global competitiveness

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 National resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has released its resource efficiency and cleaner production  (RECP) best practice guideline for the South African valve manufacturing industry. The objectives of the guideline are to ensure... 

Best practice guideline aims at enabling global competitiveness
VICTOR MANAVHELA The best practice guideline has been well received by the valves manufacturing industry

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

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st November 2016 CrossAfrica Holdings is leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype under its newly established standalone subsidiary CrossAfrica Water Solutions. The holdings group will on Thursday showcase a prototype point-of-entry... 

New holdings group unveils prototype point-of-entry water filtration system
CrossAfrica group MD Manny Cross and top South African water expert Dr Anthony Turton speak to Engineering News about CrossAfrica Holdings leveraging its official launch this week as a platform to unveil its new Cleansui water filtration system prototype. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 1.11.2016

WesBank announces R60m carport solar-panel project 

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank and sister company First National Bank (FNB) have announced a R60-million project to replace the shade-net carports at its shared offices in Fairland, Johannesburg, with solar-panel carports. The project will hopefully nudge the 150 000 m2 campus towards a... 

WesBank announces R60m carport solar-panel project

Firm begins installing off-grid solar-charging stations in informal settlements

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th October 2016 Following the successful installation of its solar-powered charging station in the Mooiplaas informal settlement, in Centurion, renewable-energy supplier ePower Holdings are installing additional charging stations, with the latest stations to be installed in Shoshanguve, Gauteng, and in Zambia,... 

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