http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.48Change: 0.08
R/$ = 11.46Change: 0.05
Au 1228.13 $/ozChange: -10.36
Pt 1231.50 $/ozChange: -11.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Oct 14, 2011

Climate policy to map out transition to low-carbon economy

Back
Minister Edna Molewa discusses the National Climate Change Response Policy and the need to align trade and climate change policies. Editing: Lionel da Silva.
Engineering|Africa|Sustainable|Water|Africa|South Africa|Energy|Maintenance|Environmental|Edna Molewa|Infrastructure|Water
Engineering|Africa|Sustainable|Water|Africa||Energy|Maintenance|Environmental|Infrastructure|Water
engineering|africa-company|sustainable|water-company|africa|south-africa|energy|maintenance|environmental|edna-molewa|infrastructure|water
© Reuse this



South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Policy, which was approved by Cabinet this week, would help the country map out a socioeconomic transition to a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy and society, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said on Friday.

The policy would seek to balance the objectives of job creation, economic growth, environmental sustainability and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

“Many criticise that our key policies are being dominated by other underlying objectives, such as employment for example. It would be a grave mistake to approach any new policy only in terms of reducing the country’s carbon footprint. Hence a balanced and mainstream approach is needed for the benefit of all South Africans,” Molewa told Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the DBSA’s Greening Infrastructure Programmes in South Africa conference in Midrand.

The Minister said that the policy would not seek to unilaterally establish targets for industry and government departments in terms of the levels of CO2 emissions, as such a process required extensive consultation between all stakeholders.

She said the framework of the policy also took into consideration the country’s 20-year Integrated Resource Plan.

Molewa said the department would continue to further engage all stakeholders on the implementation process of the strategy outlined in the policy.

Further, Molewa said that trade and climate change policies were "two sides of the same coin” and that their alignment was inevitable.

“But any move towards a green economy should not impose trade barriers especially for emerging economies.”

She added that market-based policy measures, such as an escalating carbon tax to price carbon and internalising the external costs of climate change would be implemented.

“This will drive the diversification of our energy mix, and implement energy efficiency measures and investments in new and cleaner technologies and industries,” Molewa explained.

“Greening the South African economy represents a critical lever for bringing about the structural transformation needed for a more equitable and inclusive economy.”

Molewa called for public sector finance institutions and private developers to implement more integrated and environmentally appropriate development with regard to retrofits, new developments, infrastructure development and ecosystem maintenance.

While local content and innovation would be key drivers of the country’s climate change policy and the so-called green economy, Molewa acknowledged that this could only be successful if markets for innovation actually existed and could be sustainable.

The Minister was open about the need for government to fund institutions to the level that it should to enable the capacity to drive research and development.

“Over the past few years, government funding has been declining and this needs to change to ensure that the South Africa’s innovation and technology development capabilities are not eroded.”
 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Environment News
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
MASS ADOPTION SolarPlus’s goal is to implement its systems at 200 000 homes within a ten-year period
As part of its aim to become a renewable-energy utility, solar energy solutions provider SolarPlus Energy Investments has launched the SolarPlus residential long-term solution, a complete solar water heating (SWH) system installed free and provided at a fixed monthly...
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY The facility comprises 2 000 solar panels covering a surface area of 4 000 m2 and produces approximately 843 MWh/y
Property group Hyprop Investments launched a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, valued at about R8-million, at its Clearwater Mall, in Gauteng, in December. “Clearwater Mall is the first property of Hyprop to which we applied a solar PV system of this magnitude,”...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 5 hours ago Temporary power generation services provider Aggreko has extended the contract for its 200 MW gas-fired power project in Côte d'Ivoire by three years, with the option to extend this by a further two years.
Jeffrey Immelt
Updated 5 hours ago Troubled South African State power utility Eskom should place emphasis on stability ahead of improvement, GE chairperson and CEO Jeffrey Immelt suggested on Monday. Speaking at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, the head of the...
Updated 6 hours ago A Competition Tribunal hearing into alleged cartel activity and price-fixing by several companies in the wire and wire products manufacturing industry was again postponed on Monday pending a decision by the Competition Appeal Court (CAC). Respondents Allens Meshco,...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
BRUCE BRADFORD The 3D printers have a clear upgrade path to eventually print in wood, ceramics and metal-alloys
Three-dimensional (3D) printers being sold in South Africa by electronics distributor Rectron currently print in two types of plastic, but have a clear upgrade path over the next five years to eventually print in wood, ceramics and metal-alloy materials, says Rectron...
The world’s two dominant commercial aircraft manufacturers, Airbus of Europe and Boeing of the US, both recently announced that they had made record aircraft deliveries in 2014. Boeing set a global record for the industry with 723 commercial aircraft delivered, while...
The Western Cape is shifting further into the renewable-energy space with the official opening of a factory specialising in solar inverters, a key component of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants. The investment in the manufacturing facility in Cape Town aims to boost the...
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) last month welcomed Cabinet’s establishment of a technical team war room to undertake various interventions to improve electricity supply security over the short- and medium-term, but added that the private sector also had a...
Despite a rapid rise in mobile connections and the economic and social benefits of such connectivity, more than half of the world ended 2014 unconnected. For this reason, industry commentators believe the biggest impact of mobile technology is still to come –...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks