http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.02Change: 0.14
R/$ = 11.91Change: 0.21
Au 1202.72 $/ozChange: -3.99
Pt 1143.50 $/ozChange: -10.50
 
 
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 Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 17, 2012

Researcher to monitor impact of renewable energy on bird life

Back
Construction|Africa|BirdLife South Africa|Investec|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Sustainable|Africa|South Africa|Energy|Environmental Management|Green-energy Initiatives|Renewable-energy Developments|Renewable-energy Generation|Wind Energy|Environmental|Hanneline Smit|Infrastructure|Michael Meeser|Samantha Ralston
Construction|Africa|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Sustainable|Africa||Energy|Wind Energy|Environmental|Infrastructure|
construction|africa-company|birdlife-south-africa|investec-company|projects|renewable-energy|renewable-energy-company|sustainable|africa|south-africa|energy|environmental-management-industry-term|green-energy-initiatives-industry-term|renewable-energy-developments-industry-term|renewableenergy-generation|wind-energy|environmental|hanneline-smit|infrastructure|michael-meeser|samantha-ralston
© Reuse this

A senior researcher has been appointed by nongovernmental conservation organisation BirdLife South Africa to monitor and report on the impact of renewable-energy generation on bird life, specifically regarding wind farms, says BirdLife South Africa conservation manager Dr Hanneline Smit.

Samantha Ralston holds a master’s degree in conservation biology, has seven years’ experience reviewing environmental-impact assessments and joined BirdLife South Africa as birds and renewable energy manager on August 1.

Her position will have the overarching task of reducing the impact of renewable-energy developments on birds and their habitats and is sponsored by finan- cial institution Investec Capital Markets, says Smit.

“While positive steps are being taken to achieve a sustainable energy mix for South Africa, little is understood of the broader environmental impact of certain renewable energies. Working with BirdLife South Africa gives us the opportunity to invest in the capacity to produce quality data to inform future decisions,” explains Investec Resource & Infrastructure Finance head Michael Meeser.

The key goals of the partnership between Investec and BirdLife South Africa are ensuring that minimum standards can be applied to local and, potentially, international green-energy initiatives, providing a responsible framework for the development of these projects and aligning the costs of environmental management.

“Although supportive of greener energy production, BirdLife South Africa is cognisant of the possible negative impacts of wind-energy facilities on avifauna and believes it is important that decisions are taken prior to construction to reduce the impact on birds,” says Smit.

The appointment of a dedicated individual to research and monitor the impact of wind-farm projects is a first for the country, she adds.

“In this role, Ralston will endeavour to make all developers and avifaunal specialists comply with the non-negotiable aspects of monitoring. She must also keep records of the cumulative impacts of developments on bird populations, especially where there are several developments in an area.

“Ralston must manage all queries regarding the Avian Wind Sensitivity Map, a tool developed by BirdLife South Africa and its partners, and update the map as new information becomes available.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Electricity News
Updated 3 hours ago Police have a dispersed a group of striking workers who attempted to block a road at the Medupi power station near Lephalale on Tuesday morning, Limpopo police said. "A group of striking workers attempted to block the road, however they were dispersed by police,"...
Updated 5 hours ago The first part of power utility Eskom’s maintenance drive has been completed without the parastatal having to implement load-shedding over the weekend. The State-owed utility on Friday embarked on a three-day maintenance “festival” to improve the performance and...
Article contains comments
South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 50 minutes ago Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday called for answers into the cause of the train crash in Johannesburg that killed a woman Metrorail employee. "As government... we need PRASA to give answers as to how a moving train can crash into a stationary one," she told...
Updated 1 hour 11 minutes ago Global stainless steel melt shop production increased by 8.3% year-on-year, to 41.7-millions tonnes in 2014, the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) revealed on Tuesday. Output had increased in all regions except for Central and Eastern Europe, where output...
Updated 1 hour 48 minutes ago The “robust” inverse relationship between the rate of unemployment and housing prices continues to confirm that the average price of homes is largely driven by the performance of the local economy, the latest ‘Rode’s Report on the South African Property Market’ has...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
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.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in...
With growth rates exceeding that in the developed world – at an average of between 4% and 5% between 2002 and 2014 – African countries provide investors with ample reason to tap into booming consumer demand says Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad...
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96