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Trawling for a cleaner environment

24th August 2018 An international study has revealed that South African Hake has a low environmental impact; this and the fact that South African Hake comes from a sustainable and well managed fishery, makes it a good choice over beef and many other forms of animal proteins. According to the study − published in... 

Research chairs established to assist South African waste sector

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 The South African waste sector is in desperate need of change, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. Speaking at the launch of South Africa’s first research chairs in... 

Ford hits carbon emissions reduction target eight years early

27th July 2018 In June, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it had met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule. Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing carbon emissions reduction of more than... 

Small natural capital footprint of telecoms sector seen as an opportunity

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th June 2018 The telecommunications sector is seen as the only “safe haven” in a world where natural resource depletion is increasing liability and business interruption. Natural capital, the “global stock” of natural resources, is being depleted at a rate much faster than the planet can replenish it, which... 

WGC report a first step in understanding gold’s GHG footprint

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2018 While there is limited published data on gold’s global carbon footprint, research by the World Gold Council (WGC) has determined that total greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from newly-mined gold are significantly lower than those of other major metals and mined products. “Gold is also valuable and,... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Battery-driven mining vehicle solution provider Battery Power Industries (BPI) officially launched on Wednesday. The South African original-equipment manufacturer specialises in the development of battery energy systems, electrical traction systems and high-speed charging systems for underground... 

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Tackling shipping sector’s carbon emissions

By: Saliem Fakir     27th April 2018 Shipping emissions is an area that has not fallen under the rubric of United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC). The shipping industry has, by and large, avoided scrutiny of its own contribution to climate change. Given that the shipping industry’s infrastructure will be exposed to the... 

Environmental Affairs Committee welcomes signing of IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs on Monday welcomed the signing, last week, of 27 contracts by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe with independent power producers (IPPs). This, the committee averred, indicates South Africa’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions... 

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Climate change could force millions to migrate within countries by 2050, warns World Bank

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 Unless urgent climate and development action is taken globally and nationally, just over 143-million people could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change by 2050, a new World Bank report 'Groundswell - Preparing for Internal Climate... 

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 –... 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Simple measures can help govts achieve climate change goals – IEA 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2015 A peak in global energy-related emissions could be achieved as early as 2020 if governments implemented five key policy measures, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday. In its new ‘World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change’ study, the IEA noted that this... 

Study outlines ways to decouple growth from environmental degradation  

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th February 2015 Following the launch of the State of Green Technologies in South Africa study last month in Johannesburg, the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) says the study aims to increase the development of green technologies as a way of stimulating economic growth, creating job opportunities and... 

Colorado’s coal mining industry in dire straits as EPA rules tighten noose 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2014 Colorado has been blessed with a bounty of minerals that has historically played a critical role in ensuring the state’s economic success; however, new legislative measures has cast doubt over the future stability of the region’s coal mining industry. Increasingly strict legislation aimed at... 

Greening projects encouraging industry to adopt circular economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th August 2014 Local industry is starting to implement projects using the principles associated with the ‘circular economy’ with a specific focus on developing a greener industry, says consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV. A circular economy entails industry transitioning to a restorative perspective... 

Taxation papers released for public comment

By: Callie Lombard     23rd May 2014 The National Treasury recently released two taxation papers in the space of a week for public comment. The first, released on April 29, is the Carbon Offsets Paper and the second, released on May 5, is the Review of the Taxation of Alcoholic Beverages in South Africa. Comment on the two papers is... 

Carbon Offsets Paper published for public comment 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th April 2014 The National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining proposals for a carbon offset scheme that would enable businesses to lower their carbon tax liability and make investments that would reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The carbon offsets... 

Carbon tax postponed to 2016 

By: Natalie Greve     26th February 2014 In a move likely to invite criticism from environmental tax proponents, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced to Parliament on Wednesday that, while a “package” of measures – including a carbon tax – was required to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions, the implementation of... 

Carbon tax policy needs greater certainty, coherence to entice private sector buy-in  

By: Natalie Greve     26th September 2013 The lack of long-term certainty associated with the proposed carbon tax policy and an absence of coordination between this prospective legislation and existing carbon-reduction mechanisms must be dealt with to secure policy buy-in from the private sector, it was revealed on Thursday.... 

Key carbon tax considerations for policymakers, stakeholders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2013 This is the last of three articles on a major challenge for South African policymakers and businesses – how to implement a new regime of carbon taxes to achieve the desired goal of curbing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions without placing a crippling burden on industry. In our first two articles, we... 

Carbon taxes – key considerations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th August 2013 By Robert Kaineg and Duane Newman This is the second of three articles on a looming challenge for South African policymakers and businesses – how to implement a new regime of carbon taxes which achieve the desired goal of curbing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions without placing a crippling burden... 

Carbon tax will not be implemented if not ready – Treasury official 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2013 South Africa’s National Treasury is still aiming to institute a carbon tax on January 1, 2015, but chief director for economic and tax analysis Cecil Morden reports that government will only move ahead should it feel that the tax is ready for implementation. Confronted at a National Business... 

National Treasury tables carbon tax policy paper for final comment 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2013 South African industry have until August 2 to comment on the carbon tax proposals tabled by the National Treasury on Thursday. The Treasury aimed to promulgate a phased-in tax rate of R120/t of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), increasing 10% a year during the first phase, in an attempt to curb... 

Carbon calculator assists in determining carbon footprint

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2013 The South African Fruit and Wine Industry Confronting Climate Change initiative, which is in its second phase, updated its carbon calculator this year to assist members in the agriculture sector in calculating their carbon footprint. The new carbon calculator on the Confronting Climate Change... 

Push on to expose industry to energy efficient building standard

By: Joanne Taylor     21st September 2012 South Africa's new energy efficiency in buildings standard, SANS 204, which has been developed to provide guidelines for the design of energy-efficient buildings, is now being marketed and popularised. 

Trigen plant leads to international carbon credit deal, more projects

By: Samantha Herbst     31st August 2012 Telecommunications group MTN's Fairlands trigeneration project has inspired the implementation of similar projects at other MTN branches, including its offices in Centurion, Germiston and Doornfontein, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon advisor Katie Ross. MTN launched the R22-million... 

Carbon measurement tool for SA’s bituminous products industry

31st August 2012 A guideline document and software system for the measurement of carbon (CO2) emissions from operations related to the manufacture and application of bituminous products in South Africa’s roads industry is now available for implementation. 

Are airline carbon levy wars a sign of things to come?

By: Saliem Fakir     18th May 2012 The European Union (EU) has unilaterally declared that it wants all planes entering or leaving the EU territory to pay an emissions tax. The bloc has long had an emissions trading scheme (ETS) that is applicable to large emitters like power stations, smelters and refineries, but aviation is... 

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