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Climate change a 100% robust hoodwink

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th February 2017   I had to explain to somebody that the United States in 1945 dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan. The first bomb was a uranium atom bomb. The second bomb was a plutonium bomb. Following the detonation of these devices USA, Britain, France, Russia developed programs to test bombs of increasing... 

High-powered speakers lined up for Nuclear Africa

By: Kelvin Kemm     17th February 2017 South Africa’s nuclear programme has attracted a great deal of public interest. This has ranged from serious scientific and engineering interest to the emotional attacks of the extreme antinuclear lobby. The antinuclear crowd does not comprise South Africa only; there are Germans, Americans and... 

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

South Africa to strengthen bilateral trade in shipbuilding with France

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 South Africa has agreed to advance trade and economic relations with France in the shipbuilding industry. This comes after Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies had a courtesy meeting with the new French Ambassador to South Africa Christophe Farnaud, in Cape Town, on Monday. 

IEA says record Opec cut compliance helps oil market rebalance

By: Reuters     10th February 2017 Global oil output plunged in January as Opec and non-Opec producers curbed supply to accelerate a market rebalancing following one of the largest oil gluts in a generation, the International Energy Agency said on Friday. Oil supplies fell by around 1.5-million barrels per day last month,... 

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

     10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

If the future really is nuclear, Niger says it is ready for it

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 Investing in mining production in Niger might sound a little like playing in the traffic with razor blades but delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba heard on Tuesday, that it is a lot better bet than it sounds on a number of levels. The country’s Mines and Energy Minister Moussa... 

Agreement significant in phasing down ozone depleting substances

     3rd February 2017 Specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa (SA) has hailed the signing of the Kigali Amendment on October 15, 2016 as an “historic international agreement” for the phasedown of commonly used, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

The Fassi Group Consolidates Its Presence In The French Market

     31st January 2017 A new agreement for the Italian group, ready to take on the new year by developing new market synergies On Monday 23 January, in Paris, a new agreement was signed, giving the Fassi Group the majority share of CTELM, the holding company to which the French brands FASSI FRANCE, MILTRA and MARREL... 

How will Trump impact on Africa’s renewables landscape?

     27th January 2017 By Robert Franklin It is estimated that from 2010-2015 an additional 20,000MW of generation capacity entered operation in Africa, of which 7,500MW consisted of renewables.  Over recent years renewables' share of projected capacity additions has been periodically adjusted upwards in countries'... 

Putin ally grabs giant gold deposit in barely contested auction

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2017 A long-time ally of President Vladimir Putin has snapped up a chunk of Russia’s giant Sukhoi Log gold field in a barely contested government auction. Bidding for the deposit was won by a venture between State-owned Rostec Corp. and Polyus PJSC, Russia’s biggest miner of the metal, after it made a... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2017 Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and refuelling habits, which is why 13 leading energy, transport and industry companies this week chose Davos... 

DRC drops objection to $3.8bn Freeport, Lundin sales

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 The Congolese government has dropped objections to Freeport-McMoRan and Lundin Mining’s $3.8-billion combined sales of one of the country’s biggest mines to Chinese companies, bringing an end to an eight-month dispute. Minister of Mines Martin Kabwelulu said by text messages that he had written... 

Next four years critical to meeting Paris agreement targets

     10th January 2017 New report provides concrete recommendations for cities to meet aggressive goals and halt climate change On 1 December 2016 in Mexico City, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and consultants Arup outlined the first emission reduction plan in order to meet the most ambitious Paris... 

Consumers to feel impact of Victoria brown coal royalty rate hike – MCA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th January 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has slammed plans by the Victorian government to raise the royalty rate for brown coal extracted in the state. Treasurer Tim Pallas in April 2016 announced the royalty rate increase, which came into effect on January 1 this year. The brown coal industry... 

Coal traders see end of price rally as China ramps up output

By: Bloomberg     22nd December 2016 Coal’s recovery was one of the biggest surprises in commodities this year, but it is all poised to end as output rises from China, producer of half the world’s supply. After half a decade of declines, European prices rebounded more than 80% as China, also the world’s biggest consumer of the... 

Water essential for socioeconomic growth – Mokonyane

By: Anine Kilian     9th December 2016 Addressing a delegation at an Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission (Orasecom) meeting in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on Friday, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvulo Mokonyane highlighted the need for access to water as a serious challenge facing South Africa, as water security is necessary and... 

Mining tycoon’s $1bn manganese project nears collapse

By: Bloomberg     9th December 2016 A unit of Timis Mining that says it was forced to stop developing the world’s largest manganese deposit may seek as much as $4-billion in damages from Burkina Faso because the suspension of mining will endanger its other projects in West Africa. Pan African Minerals’ $1-billion Tambao project... 

Climate change in the Donald Trump era

By: Saliem Fakir     9th December 2016 Donald Trump's Presidency will, no doubt, have a significant impact on the progress on collective action on the climate change front. The US President-elect has promised to rip apart any semblance that climate change is real. It is said that, in Morocco, the incumbent US climate negotiating team,... 

An order worth 163 million euros in Ile de France Alstom to supply 20 extra metros to the STIF and the RATP

     8th December 2016 Alstom is to supply 20 MP14 metros consisting of 6 cars each to the STIF and the RATP (1) for an amount of 163 million euros (2) as part of the automation and modernisation of line 4, the second most frequented line of the Paris metro. This option exercise is part of the MP14 framework contract... 

Prioritizing renewable energy and energy efficiency to accelerate growth in Africa

     7th December 2016 ABB supported a number of pledges signed by world leaders at COP21 in Paris, including a commitment to scale up renewable energy and help emerging economies transition their markets for energy efficient products. At COP22, ABB showed how this commitment translates into solutions and services that... 

Burkina Faso says dispute with Timis shouldn’t go to court

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2016 Burkina Faso said Timis Mining shouldn’t go to court until it has exhausted local mediation over a dispute about one of the world’s largest manganese deposits that the company says stems from the government’s deliberate blocking of the project. “The problem can’t go to the courts before we’ve... 

Kumba ranked carbon disclosure leader

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th December 2016 Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, has been named one of the carbon disclosure leaders for 2016 by Engaged Tracking (ET) Index Research – the only company from the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa grouping on the list. In its yearly ‘ET Carbon Rankings’, released on... 

S Africa, Brazil authorities agree to bolster competition policy, enforcement

By: Anine Kilian     1st December 2016 South Africa’s Competition Commission on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) to strengthen competition law enforcement between the two countries. The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the fifteenth... 

Drought prevails in South Africa despite increased rainfall

By: Anine Kilian     30th November 2016 Despite the significant increase in rainfall across South Africa in recent weeks, the country is still experiencing a severe drought, noted Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) climate modelling chief researcher Professor Francois Engelbrecht on Wednesday. Speaking at a CSIR... 

Donald Trump’s win good for fossil fuels

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th November 2016 There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a climate change sceptic who does not believe that wind turbines are any good, thinks coal is great and wants to develop oil reserves. Unlike the Democrats, he does not think that the US can run on 'clean energy' by midcentury and it is his intention to... 

Canada accelerates transition to clean power; to phase out coal-fired generation by 2030

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd November 2016 The Liberal Canadian federal government on Monday announced accelerated plans to transition the economy to renewable energy sources, saying it would aim to phase out coal-fired plants by 2030. According to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, coal-fired electricity... 

Lundin to weigh deals and dividends when Tenke sale closes

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2016 Lundin Mining will consider acquisitions and a regular dividend after it completes the sale of its stake in a giant copper and cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its chief executive officer said. “We’ll consider all viable alternatives of what to do with the cash when it comes in,... 

Buoyant coal prices prompt Moody’s to revise outlook to ‘stable’

By: Henry Lazenby     16th November 2016 Ratings firm Moody’s Investors Service has revised the outlook for the North American coal industry to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’, despite persistent challenges facing the sector, as coal producers receive much needed price relief. Although the industry continues to face challenges, coal producers... 

Green ships stay in compliance

     14th November 2016 Environmental regulations for ships are getting more stringent, but automated sensor technology could help ship operators remain in compliance, says Claus Beiersdorfer, SKF sales director. The recent agreement signed in Paris, at the UN Climate Change Conference, will require all industries to... 

Billionaire Steinmetz says Rio probe proves Guinea mine plot

By: Bloomberg     14th November 2016 Billionaire Beny Steinmetz says the suspension of a senior Rio Tinto Group executive this week over a payment in Guinea is evidence of an elaborate plot that culminated in Steinmetz’s mining company being stripped of its rights to a $20-billion iron-ore project two years ago. Steinmetz’s BSG... 

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,... 

Carbon tax will help lower South Africa’s emissions, study shows

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2016 A newly published analysis of South Africa’s proposed carbon tax suggests that the intervention could have a “significant impact in reducing the country’s emissions”, while having only modest consequences for growth. In addition, the study, titled ‘Modeling the Impact on South Africa’s Economy of... 

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... 

Trumpism doesn’t play in Canada, which just eased takeover rules

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, bucking a global trend toward greater protectionism, will loosen foreign takeover rules for more than 50 Canadian publicly traded companies next year, including those in mining, oil and marijuana production. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced this week Canada... 

Sound planning, partnerships critical for success of Africa’s gas-to-power initiatives

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th November 2016 Africa is home to one of the greatest future energy sources – gas. Continuous exploration and talks, combined with gas’s low carbon make-up, have paved the way for a potentially powerful emerging gas-to-power market.  However, bringing gas-to-power facilities on line involves a complex process of... 

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).... 

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