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Scientists call for greater action on climate change

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has joined the global science community in calling on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change. The call forms part of a Consensus Statement on Climate Change, launched on Monday by 22... 

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Energy company  launches new product,  expands operation
GARY PULLEN SA Oil is entering the agricultural market, with a client-centric service offering

CSIR makes progress on first African climate change model 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is making progress in developing the first Africa-based earth system model to provide reliable projections of the potential impact of climate change on the continent. The model will provide input into the coupled model intercomparison... 

CSIR makes progress on first African  climate change model
CSIR natural resources and environment executive director May Hermanus and CSIR principal researcher Dr Rebecca Garland discuss the new Africa-developed earth system model.

Mondi joins WWF’s climate saving business leadership programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 Global packaging and paper group Mondi has adopted 2050 science-based targets to help limit the rise in global temperature to under 2 ˚C above pre-industrial levels by joining nature conservation organisation, the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) climate leadership programme for businesses –... 

Mondi joins WWF’s climate saving business leadership programme
Mondi's uncoated fine paper plant

Dialogue between govt, private sector key to R&D tax incentive success

By: Anine Kilian     2nd March 2018 The success of the research and development (R&D) tax incentive is dependent on ongoing and constructive dialogue between the government and the business sector, Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday. A task team, comprising representatives from the private and... 

South Sudan accuses oil group of pollution, threatens shutdown

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 South Sudanese lawmakers have accused the consortium running the country's last working oilfields of dumping expired chemicals in the bush, and have threatened to shut down production unless it stops. Members of parliament's energy committee told the assembly they had seen containers holding old... 

Gabon accuses France's Veolia of polluting amid concession dispute

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Gabon accused French environmental services group Veolia on Tuesday of widespread pollution at SEEG, the power and water utility it operates there, amid a growing dispute over the company's concession. Veolia, which has already threatened legal action after the government seized SEEG earlier this... 

Diesel cars can be banned from German cities, court rules

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to be mirrored in other parts of Europe and to force automakers to pay to improve exhaust systems or switch to cleaner vehicles. There has been a global backlash against... 

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change  

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has published the second edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (Sarva), alongside the relaunch of the newly revamped online portal, to help business navigate current research on the risk and vulnerability of key social... 

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change
CSIR Natural Resources and Environment executive director May Hermanus discusses the climate change impact on Africa and the need for accessible information to aid decision-making. 21/02/2018. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

City of Cape Town welcomes 'major court victory for preservation of water sources'

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A ruling by the Western Cape High Court has been described as "a watershed ruling" for the preservation of Cape Town's rivers, floodplains, and wetlands. The judgment refers to a case in which the City approached the courts to order Really Useful Investments, a developer of the Hout Bay Beach... 

Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ. “The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega... 

Avian flu detected among seabird species

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 The Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed that the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu have been detected among sea bird populations in the Western Cape. Seven cases from six different sites across the provincial coastline have tested positive among African penguins and due to these species... 

Competition Tribunal dismisses Massmart complaint

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a complaint by Walmart-owned Massmart that exclusivity agreements between other retailers and landlords are excluding its Game stores from selling fresh grocery products. The Tribunal, for a second time, on Tuesday upheld arguments made by Shoprite Checkers,... 

Saliva drug testing growing in popularity

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Since establishing that antiretrovirals (ARVs) cause positive cross-reactions during employee drug testing, saliva testing methods, which circumvent cross-reaction issues, have drastically increased in popularity, says Pretoria-based drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline spells trouble for coastal refineries

By: Nadine James     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s three coastal refineries – as well as a significant majority of coastal refineries globally – will definitely miss the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) January 1, 2020 deadline to reduce the sulphur specification in bunker fuel oil (BFO) from 3.5% to 0.5%, says Wright... 

Looming 2020 bunker fuel deadline  spells trouble for coastal refineries
UNCERTAINTY Owing to the uncertainty of the deadline set out by the International Maritime Organisation many shippers and refiners have avoided spending on capital intensive upgrades

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 As environmental protection pressures increase globally and the quality of coal being supplied to the local market decreases, Johannesburg-based gas reticulator Egoli Gas and one of its technology partners Steam Generation Africa are confident that interest in natural gas as an alternative fuel... 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore
CLEANER TECHNOLOGY Steam Generation’s heat recovery boilers are fully insulated and clad, complete with valves and pipework, to ease site installation

Norway's $1tn fund curbs holdings in biggest carbon dioxide emitters

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Norway's sovereign wealth fund has trimmed the proportion of its $1 trillion fortune that is invested in companies that emit the most greenhouse gas, a Reuters survey has shown. Environmental campaigners hope the move by the world's biggest State-owned investment fund signals the start of a trend... 

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Investment prioritised in water industry
GREG MATTHEWS Resources are under pressure as demand increases owing to a growing population, industry and commercial operations

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects
SANDER ZWEERS The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency
SIYABONGA FACILITY The facility will treat and reuse 3 650 000 ℓ/y of water (based on a treatment rate of 10 000 ℓ/d)

Green ID books still valid – DHA

By: Anine Kilian     10th January 2018 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has dismissed allegations that green barcoded ID books will not be recognised by March. Speaking to media during a briefing at the Centurion Home Affairs office on Wednesday, DHA deputy director-general Mkuseli Apleni said that the department was concerned... 

Proposed carbon tax ‘least-cost manner’ to ensuring greenhouse-gas reduction – Treasury 

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 The National Treasury released the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on Friday and averred that it “seeks to give effect to the polluter pays principle . . . and will assist, in a least-cost manner, in reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring that South Africa meets its... 

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Green building improvements needed to meet Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2017 The energy intensity per square metre of buildings need to improve by 30% by 2030 to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction’s ‘Global Status Report 2017’ has revealed. The report, released on Monday, found that total floor area reached an estimated... 

Authority to implement plan to protect Lesotho’s local heritage

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed PSG Heritage Solutions to develop and implement a comprehensive cultural heritage plan that will protect and manage Lesotho’s rich cultural heritage during the construction and operation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands water project.... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy 

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 The second Norway-South Africa Science Week will provide a platform for scientists, researchers, civil servants and business people from both countries to share best practices and policies to promote the sustainable use of ocean resources. Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, Botswana,... 

Second Norway-South Africa Science Week to stimulate oceans science and economy
Norway Ambassador to South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar and Nambiia Trine Skymoen discusses the upcoming Norway-South Africa science week. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

Focus on environmental services  boosts project sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS Sustainability requires the optimisation of environmental, social and economic outcomes

General public taking heed of environmental law

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 The general public is becoming more familiar with the tools that are available under the Constitution and environmental law to protect what is perceived as the unacceptable environmental or social impacts of businesses, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright environment lawyer Matthew Thornton-Dibb. 

General public taking heed of environmental law
MATURED LEGISLATION South Africa’s environment regulatory system has matured since the publication of the National Environmental Management Act

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Electronic Waste (eWaste), if not properly processed, will eventually leach hazardous material – mainly heavy metals – into the water table, states computer support and services provider Xperien CEO Wale Arewa. 

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem
WALE AREWA The global estimate of eWaste is about 50-million tons

Green cleaning products can pack a punch

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Midrand-based cleaning solutions provider Blendwell Chemicals has completed the development of the company’s Enviro Waterless Car Wash, and is aiming to officially launch the product early next year. 

Green cleaning products can pack a punch
JUDY SUNASKY Companies are constantly developing products, but consumers are still hesitant to use green cleaning products

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 With there being an increase in land-contamination assessments among large companies owing to recently promulgated environmental legislation, sustainability services and consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) partner Steve McKeown says this will hold companies accountable for the... 

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments
STEVE MCKEOWN Companies that have a global footprint are more committed to assessing their impact on the environment

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

New DNA barcoding kit to stifle illegal animal trade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Aimed at sharpening conservation efforts, the international Barcode of Life (iBoL) project on Monday launched its Lab-in-a-Box portable deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) barcoding kit, which enables rapid species identification for port of entry officials within a few hours. The launch took place... 

New DNA barcoding kit to stifle illegal animal trade

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... 

Climate change implementation now urgent – Molewa

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