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SA business should investigate carbon tax implications

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th July 2010 South African companies must investigate the implications of a carbon tax, the details of which will be released soon, corporate law firm Webber Wentzel has said. The National Treasury has previously confirmed with Engineering News Online that the discussion document on carbon taxes would be... 

Focusing on skills development

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 As part of its focus on sustainable activities, engineers and environmental consultants SSI has introduced Saturday school classes for grade 11 and grade 12 pupils in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The extra classes, focusing on the subjects maths, science and engineering graphics and design, are offered... 

South African chemicals industry takes steps to measure emissions 

By: Lindsey Berry     9th April 2010 The Responsible Care initiative developed by global chemical industry body The International Council of Chemical Associations, which aims to encourage the reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by chemical companies, has been launched in South Africa by the Chemical and Allied Industries’... 

Legislation key to unlocking energy efficiency, agency says

By: Lindsey Berry     26th March 2010 Legislation will have to be the driving force for extensive implementation of energy efficiency measures in South Africa said National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) acting operations manager Barry Bredenkamp at the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) energy efficient solutions workshop, in... 

SA launches air quality information system

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd March 2010 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), in collaboration with the South African Weather Service (SAWS), on Tuesday launched the first phase of the South African Air Quality Information System (Saaqis), which it expected would assist in policymaking, as well as in the eventual enforcement... 

New carbon footprint guidelines for chemicals industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     19th March 2010 The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) will be releasing a carbon footprint guideline document later this month, as part of its Responsible Care initiative.  

SA businesses want clear environmental regulation policy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th March 2010 Although 90% of South African businesses believed that government exerts a strong influence on environmental practices through legislation and regulation, 77% of these businesses do not believe that the South African government has a consistent long-term environmental tax and regulation policy.... 

Onshore gas 
production rights 
application under way 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 Environmental consultancy Environmental Impact Management Services (EIMS) is assisting Highland Exploration & Production in preparing its onshore gas production right application, to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa, as well as with associated environmental requirements.


Copenhagen prevarication could lead to low-carbon timidity

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd January 2010 The two-week United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference known as COP-15, which ended last year, failed to secure a formal agreement by the world's largest emitters to reduce carbon emission levels. Instead, the conference negotiators presented a 12 paragraph interim... 

SA’s atmospheric emissions regulations to be overhauled

By: Jacqueline Holman     11th December 2009 South Africa’s Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Act (Appa) would soon be repealed and be replaced by new and tougher legislation, known as the National Environment Management (NEM) Air Quality Act (Aqa). Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) deputy director for atmospheric norms and... 

Accountants call for global standard on climate reporting

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th December 2009 As the United Nations Climate Change Conference continues in Copenhagen, accounting bodies around the world agreed that a single set of global reporting standards on climate change was needed. Thirteen accounting bodies, including the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica), as... 

Efforts to mitigate 
environmental impacts 

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2009 Every effort has been made to reduce the negative environmental impact of the new airport at La Mercy, says Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Colin Naidoo. Acsa policies try to deal with aircraft noise, bird management, storm-water runoff, air quality and occupational health and... 

Green logistics critical for business

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Diversified logistics company Imperial Logistics reports that there is a growing interest, awareness and maturity around the business necessity for green logistics and aims to place this environment-friendly trend higher on its business agenda. 

SA delays release of draft climate policy to March

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th November 2009 South Africa’s draft zero climate change policy, which was due to be released by the Department of Environmental Affairs by the end of September, has been postponed, as the department deployed the majority of its resources into supporting negotiating standpoints related to international climate... 

New legislation with increased penalties for environmental trespassers 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) reports that it is gearing up for the implementation of a new law, the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act. The department had hoped the act would have been in force by September, but it has been delayed to early next year. However,... 

SA businesses to feel climate change impacts

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Independent commercial law firm Deneys Reitz reports that climate change and all its associated effects are going to have a significant effect on South African businesses. 

Asbestos banned, but legacy continues

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Environmental consulting firm Conservation Support Services (CSS) South Africa project manager Robert Jones completed a study for the former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, which indicated that a large number of communities in the Northern Cape, North West province and Limpopo... 

Fuel giant drives 
risk assessment 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Energy company Engen has introduced a risk assessment profiling (RAP) tool as part of its five-year spill intervention programme to further drive its zero tolerance on fuel spillage and leakage. 

R12,5m air pollution project under way 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The South African government has contracted environmental monitoring company SI Analytics to measure the pollution levels for the five-year, R12,5-million Highveld priority area project, which started in August 2008. 

Government looks to CCS to drive its environmental 

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 At the launch of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage in Sandton, last month, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters outlined government’s road map for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in South Africa. 

Findings of ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report’ 
to be discussed at November conference

By: Leandi Kolver     16th October 2009 The majority of South Africa’s companies are not implementing environmentally sustainable business strategies, according to TerraNova Research’s ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report 2009’.


Insurers have role to play in 
climate change mitigation

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 The report named ‘The Climate Risk Challenge - The role of insurance in pricing climate-related risks’, explains that there is a strong need to create a structure of sustainable, market-friendly incentives for climate risk adaptation and mitigation. 

How one SA company mines SA’s satellite-imagery resource to make life easier while making a profit 

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 There’s more to geography than capitals, clouds and tornados, climate, countries, people, maps, and flags. Today, geography is a serious consumer-facing business, helping us to reach our destinations with the aid of global positioning systems (GPS) on our cell phones, or even the simple road map,... 

Cement firm to include carbon-disclosure ‘stamp’ on packaging

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2009 Cement producer Afrisam continues to make an effort to reduce is carbon footprint and move toward sustainable, environment friendly cement production, following its announcement to introduce a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rating ‘stamp’ that will appear on every bag of cement that the company... 

Fishery alliance seeks to strike 
marine ecosystem, fishing balance

By: Darren Parker     18th September 2009 Stakeholders from across the South African fishing industry sector have committed to working together and sharing solutions to secure the future of seafood and marine ecosystems through the launch of the Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) last week. 

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... 

Infrastructure funding uncertainties need to be removed – Actom 

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2009 Infrastructure funding uncertainties needed to be removed to ensure job security and the sustainability of local manufacturing capacity, Actom MD Mark Wilson said on Tuesday. Speaking to Engineering News Online at the change of name of Alstom Electrical Industries to Actom, Wilson said that... 

Benefits of empowerment deals should flow to a broad base of people – corporate adviser

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2009 Broad based black economic empowerment (BBBEE), as opposed to conventional BEE, is a better vehicle to spread wealth among the previously disadvantaged, but it is not the easier route and companies considering BBBEE implementation would do well to ensure they have the capacity and capability to... 

Manufacturer reports successful compliance with asbestos legislation

By: Petronel Smit     4th September 2009 Gasket manufacturing and distribution company Gasket Manufacturing Corporation (GMC) reports that 18 months after the banning of asbestos, solutions to every possible application have been found. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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