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Climate Change

COP 21 agreement raises justness concerns

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 Although Engineering News reported in January that the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21), held in Paris last December, had been lauded as better than any other international climate change meeting, the media has reported that there has been controversy regarding the justness of the... 

Development of biobased carpet backing step towards sustainable flooring

     4th March 2016 Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, announced in July last year that it had developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles, which has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low volatile organic compounds and high dimensional stability. The ‘green’... 

Development of  biobased carpet  backing step towards sustainable flooring
INTERFACE CARPET Interface has now developed the first biobased backing for carpet tiles

Water company helping to combat climate change

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With meteorologists claiming that the current drought in South Africa is because El Niño is preventing moisture reaching the sub-Saharan Africa region, water service provider Mega Water states that the country will have to consider decentralised water treatment, the capturing of rainwater and the... 

Water company helping to combat climate change
RUDY ROBERTS South Africa will have to consider decentralised water treatment

Wetlands, water conservation key to environment

By: Lynne Jackson     4th March 2016 With wetlands being essential to the ecosystem, owing to water being a precious resource to mankind, the second annual Flufftail Festival, held last month in Johannesburg, highlighted the need to preserve water, wetlands and endangered waterbirds (especially the rare and critically endangered... 

Wetlands, water  conservation key  to environment
CLEANING UP WATER RESOURCES BirdLife South Africa's CEO says wetlands are essential to the ecosystem

Agri sector shows interest in carbon calculator initiative

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th March 2015 In addition to registering significant growth in the number of wine cellars calculating their carbon emissions, the South African Fruit and Wine Industry Confronting Climate Change (CCC) initiative has, over the past year, noted increased interest from other commodity groupings, such as grains... 

Agri sector shows  interest in carbon calculator initiative
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PARTICIPATION INCREASE The South African Fruit and Wine Industry Confronting Climate Change initiative focuses on supporting emerging farmers to calculate their carbon footprint

Industry lacks water security awareness, requires risk navigation

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th March 2015 Despite a global understanding and emphasis on water as a scarce resource, South Africa is not taking sufficient cognisance of the future risk of water security and its potential impact on business, and the domestic, industrial and mining sectors, says research and consulting firm EY climate... 

Industry lacks water  security awareness,  requires risk navigation
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DRAINING RESOURCE The World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Risks 2015’ report rates water crises as “the greatest risk” worldwide, with water scarcity also being a key risk

Industry needs pool of professionals to assist with carbon tax 

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th March 2015 Considering National Treasury’s confirmation last month that carbon tax would be introduced in 2016, with a draft Carbon Tax Bill to be introduced later this year to allow for more public comment, industry needs carbon tax experts to assist it in managing carbon tax, says carbon emission... 

Industry needs pool of professionals to assist with carbon tax
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CARBON EVALUATION Carbon management is key in assisting South Africa to reach its contribution to climate change mitigation goals and the 34% reduction in carbon emissions

South Africa’s COP 21 contribution needs stakeholder consultation

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th March 2015 Appropriate stakeholder consultation for South Africa’s intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to climate change is key to ensuring transparent interaction and practical proposals ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as the Conference of the Parties... 

South Africa’s COP 21 contribution needs stakeholder consultation
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GREEN POTENTIAL In tabling its intended contribution for COP 21, South Africa should acknowledge green contributions already under way

Access to funds a challenge limiting Joburg’s green environment initiatives

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 The difficulties of accessing international financial assistance and meeting stringent borrowing conditions were a collective barrier to fully developing and rolling out climate change programmes for the City of Johannesburg, said city mayor Parks Tau at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Summit... 

Access to funds a challenge limiting Joburg’s green environment initiatives
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CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa

Climate change impacts cyclone prevalence and citrus production

     28th March 2014 South Africa could be at increased risk of being directly impacted by topical cyclones within the next 40 years, report researchers from the University of the Witswatersrand (Wits). PhD candidate at the university’s school of geography, archaeology and environmental studies Jennifer Fitchett,... 

Recommendations to foster greener environments

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 The international community could make several strides in averting the negative effects of climate change by following the recommendations of the Oxford Martin Commission (OMC) for Future Generations report on climate change, poverty, governance and disease, says South African Minister in the... 

Smaller businesses lack accurate information on green building

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 South African small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) are not properly informed about measures that are required to create greener and energy efficient businesses, says facilities management company Servest. Servest Group COO Steve Wallbanks tells Engineering News that this is mostly... 

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... 

Climate change negatively affects the global economy

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2013 Carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon, together with the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), launched a publication earlier this month that provides reporting committees and internal auditors with a reference tool on integrated and climate-change-related reporting, as the effects of... 

New GHG accreditation programme launched to improve credibility

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2013 The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) launched an accreditation programme last month for greenhouse gases (GHG) validation and verification bodies (V/VBs), in accordance with International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards, to ensure that GHG declarations of... 

Technology assists businesses in improving environmental awareness

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2013 Information technology (IT) consulting company Dataflo is using German multinational software corporation SAP’s technology to assist and advise businesses in making their business divisions such as production, procurement and logistics more environmentally aware. One such example is through SAP... 

Group advocates conservation agriculture for food security

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 Agricultural producer organisation Agri South Africa (Agri SA) is advising its members to practise conservation agriculture to mitigate the increasing threats associated with climate change and to ensure food security, says Agri SA director of natural resources Nic Opperman. 

Kyoto Protocol pushes implementation of corporate mitigation strategies

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol is driving the adoption of mitigation and adaptation strategies by local corporates and, while extensive commitment to the CDM has been less widespread than anticipated, over 100 South African projects have been registered thus far. 

Progressive businesses to thrive in a climate-changed economy

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 Organisations that take advantage of the opportunities provided by climate change challenges to distinguish themselves from competitors, and that are willing to embrace mitigation and adaptation strategies, are set to prosper in the anticipated climate-changed economy, says corporate governance... 

R100m fund to redress green market failure

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 Global mining major Anglo American’s recently launched green-focused fund is set to rectify an inherent market failure that has prevented the entry of sustainable and innovative green technologies and concepts into the local market. 

South Africa to replace all incandescent bulbs by 2016

     27th January 2012 The South African government has announced that it will be the first African nation to adopt a comprehensive phase-out policy for inefficient lighting. 

Bank promotes initiatives to mitigate climate change

By: Tracy Hancock     21st January 2011 Nedbank, which is the first carbon neutral bank in Africa, is trying to achieve an overarching approach to its projects to ensure that a range of resources are targeted in mitigating climate change, says banking group Nedbank sustainability carbon specialist Marco Lotz. “Too often as a country,... 

Remanufactured printer cartridges reduce carbon footprint

By: Tracy Hancock     21st January 2011 Remanufacturer of printer consumables Royce Imaging Industries reports that producing remanufactured printer cartridges saves 2,5 kg of carbon dioxide emissions a unit, which is emitted when manufacturing new printer cartridges. The company, which is currently producing about 11 000... 

Revegetation used as a CO2 offset measure

     21st January 2011 Ground engineering and environmental consultancy firm Golder Associates says that although current legislation does not hold companies responsible for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated from land clearing or soil stockpiling, businesses should incorporate these carbon deficits into... 

$4,6bn in efficiency savings guarantees

By: Carla Thomaz     22nd January 2010 Global building efficiency and power solutions company Johnson Controls has provided more than $4,6-billion in energy- and water-efficiency saving guarantees to facility customers, helping them to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by ten-million tons since 2000. 

Climate risk and vulnerability atlas to be launched

By: Carla Thomaz     22nd January 2010 A new atlas of local risk and vulnerability in the context of global environmental change will be launched early next year in electronic, as well as in a hard-copy format, in South Africa. 

Company launches carbon trading scheme in SA

By: Carla Thomaz     22nd January 2010 The personal carbon trading scheme launched in the UK two years ago by the global sustainability and environmental management consultancy WSP Environment & Energy, will be launched locally and internationally this year. 

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 first green-fuel mother station operational 

By: Carla Thomaz     22nd January 2010 South Africa's first green-fuel mother station came into operation, in December 2009, in preparation for the showcasing of the green transport-technology options during the 2010 FIFA World cup. 

Southern Africa to feel greater effects of climate change, says enviro organisation  

By: Carla Thomaz     22nd January 2010 South African emissions are expected to peak between 2020 and 2025 and then need to decline or the impacts of climate change, which are catastrophic, will escalate if urgent action is not taken, says environmental organisation Earthlife Africa. 

Tackling climate change on a local level

By: Carla Thomaz     22nd January 2010 Ground engineering and environmental consultancy group Golder Associates is working with a number of public and private sector organisations to tackle issues related to climate change and the potential effects that it could have on their plans and operations. 

Behaviour change needed to reduce SA's greenhouse gas emissions

By: Liam Morrison     23rd January 2009 South Africa will never reach its greenhouse gas emissions targets if its citizens do not change their attitude towards energy use, says the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism's air quality management & climate change director Peter Lukey. 

Simulation maps South Africa’s climate future

By: Liam Morrison     23rd January 2009 South Africa is likely to become a significantly drier country than it currently is, but with stronger wet weather events, reports University of Pretoria’s Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology researcher and lead-author of a climate simulation of the Southern African region published in the... 

Joburg agency seeks to plant a million trees in five years

By: Leandi Kolver     17th October 2008 Managing agency for cemeteries, parks and environmental conservation Johannesburg City Parks MD Luther Williamson says that the agency aims to plant one-million trees in the next five years. 

Current energy crisis is an opportunity, says urban planning specialist

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd May 2008 The energy crisis that South Africa is experiencing is in many ways a "fantastic opportunity" because it means that cities now have to implement alternative energy projects, says urban planner and author of The New Energy Book for Urban Development in South Africa Sarah Ward. 

Baseline information key to establishing company’s carbon footprint

By: Guy Copans     25th January 2008 Establishing an accurate baseline for a company’s carbon emissions is essential if a company is to formulate a sustainable policy to combat carbon emissions, says Marbek Resource Consultants MD Geoff Stiles.  

Government intervention vital to lowering SA’s carbon emissions 

By: Guy Copans     25th January 2008 It is important that the South African government legislates or provides incentives for a reduction in carbon emissions in the near future, says climate change specialist Imbewu lawyer and director Andrew Gilder. 

SA's carbon emissions a cause for concern

By: Guy Copans     25th January 2008 While China in 2007 became the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally, per capita, South Africa emits three times more carbon dioxide, and overall, emits more than the rest of Africa combined, says trade and investment advisor for Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa... 

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