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Sep 12, 2014
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Noting a recent report by Statistics South Africa, which recorded an increase in the number of bucket toilets in the Eastern Cape, provincial government said this week that it was studying the contents of the report to ascertain where this increase had occurred and...
Sep 12, 2014
OWEN SKAE Business and sustainability can work together harmoniously
Sustainability provides unparalleled opportunities for organisations; it helps them to become competitive, resilient, and able to grow and create long term value says Rhodes Business School director Owen Skae. He says the school has been focusing on sustainability...
Sep 12, 2014
Petroleum group Shell’s Three Sisters Ultra City, on the N1 Highway near Beaufort West, has installed a 150 m3/d effluent treatment and grey-water recycling plant, which has resulted in the recovery of 25 000 l of water a day out of season and 120 000 l of water a...
Sep 05, 2014
APPROPRIATE FILTRATION The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes
The quality of all grades of oil produced and refined in South Africa is subpar in terms of international standards and industry best practices, according to Kyalami-based wear control company Filter Focus.
Sep 05, 2014
The Berg River Partnership (BRP) has piloted the 2020 Vision for Water Education Programme (VFWEP) at 10 schools in the Berg river area, in the Western Cape, as part of its youth initiative.
Aug 29, 2014
A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career...
Aug 29, 2014
The financial director of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has revealed the losses currently being borne by the Benga coal operation in Mozambique’s Tete province. Anil Chaudhary reported that Benga’s production costs were $165/t while the current market...
Aug 29, 2014
DEEP CLEANING Microbes in Deep Impact occur naturally without having to be genetically modified, making them nonpathogenic to humans, animals and plants
Stellenbosch-based probiotic product developer and manufacturer Probio launched a new biodegradable cleaning product – Deep Impact – last month.
Aug 22, 2014
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Aug 19, 2014
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Aug 15, 2014
GREEN BENEFIT Effective and green fleet management provides several advantages, such as a reduced carbon footprint and reduced fuel consumption
Owing to a carbon tax, expected to come into force by 2016, a key focus of global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics is to encourage industry to become more efficient in their fleet management, thereby reducing its carbon footprint....
Aug 15, 2014
The inaugural Green Youth Indaba, which took place last month, brought together scores of South African youth, as well as green industry professionals, experts and government departments to address green economy opportunities and sustainable development.
Aug 15, 2014
INDUSTRY INITIATIVE Local industry can use waste energy to generate heat for its own processes
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...
Aug 15, 2014
FOCUS AREA National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa believes industry needs to embrace the idea of resource efficiency in waste and water areas
Although there is significant focus currently on energy efficiency in industry, there is an increasing need for industry to expand its participation in the green space beyond just energy, government programme National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa...
Aug 15, 2014
REDUCTION NEED Most of South Africa’s carbon dioxide emissions, which currently comprise an inventory of about 500-million tonnes, are associated with energy
Carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon aims to conduct a pilot carbon offset trade by the end of this year. This pilot trade is in preparation for a future local carbon offset trading programme, says Promethium Carbon director and carbon adviser Harmke Immink.
Aug 15, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
Development Bank of Southern Africa Green Fund secretariat manager Michelle Layte noted that the local green economy needed to grow using fewer resources and the challenge was to come up with innovative ways of doing so by involving the youth.
Aug 13, 2014
JSE-listed paper and plastic packaging manufacturer and recycler Mpact has entered into an agreement with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to build a R350-million polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant in Gauteng, the company announced on...
Aug 08, 2014
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Aug 01, 2014
South African plastic industry body Plastics SA has launched its new sustainability objective ‘Zero plastics to landfill by 2030’, which aims to divert all plastic from the country’s landfill sites and significantly influence the plastic industry’s waste and...
 
 
 
 
Aug 01, 2014
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The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) states that its key objective for the next 20 years is to support the National Development Plan (NDP) at a macroeconomic level.
Jul 25, 2014
Cape Town
The final environmental-impact assessment (EIA) scoping report for the proposed realignment of the existing primary runway at the Cape Town International Airport has been published for public comment, giving stakeholders the opportunity until August 1 to comment. The...
Jul 25, 2014
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
Jul 25, 2014
TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA Toyota South Africa was recognised as Energy Company of the Year in November 2013
The growth of the automotive industry, in South Africa and worldwide, is being influenced by the ways in which vehicle manufactures are creating ways of using energy efficiently, according to government initiative the National Cleaner Production Centre of South...
Jul 25, 2014
The Kenyan government will in October host the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, funded by, among other parties, the United Nations and the World Bank. The aim of the conference is to develop an action plan for sustainable transport in Africa, says World Bank...
Jul 25, 2014
Photovoltaic products manufacturer SolarWorld‘s Sun-TV Station project, launched in 2010, has fulfilled its aim of providing not only opportunities for communities to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup games but also a long-term sustainable solution for education.
Jul 25, 2014
An improved and formalised interface between the policymakers in water resources and research organisations such as the Water Research Commission (WRC) can enable the government to use the long-term and continuous research done by the WRC and its partners to generate...
Jul 18, 2014
High-tech computer applications for data management, mapping, modelling and imagery are assisting consultancy SRK Consulting in KwaZulu-Natal to present large amounts of data in a more accessible, visual format, allowing clients and stakeholders to quickly understand...
Jul 17, 2014
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Edna Molewa
Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Minister Edna Molewa has promised to “radically transform” the department’s approach to environmental management as environmental considerations were increasingly mainstreamed in development policies across the economy....
Jul 17, 2014
 
 
 
 
Jul 14, 2014
The new DEA building during its construction phase
Delays in the acknowledgment and reviewing of certain environmental-impact assessment (EIA) applications and reports were expected over the course of this month as the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) moved to its new premises on the corner of Soutpansberg...
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
ANTON HANEKOM Organisations are working towards a vision of eliminating all plastic waste from the country’s landfill sites by 2030
Local plastics industry umbrella body Plastics SA announced last month that it had set a new sustainability goal – the Zero plastics to landfill by 2030 campaign – which will greatly influence the plastic industry’s strategic direction over the next 16 years, says...
Jul 11, 2014
The Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) announced on June 14 that it has developed a network that facilitates the online ordering and selling of polystyrene beads on the association’s website.   PSPC has partnered with protective polystyrene casings supplier Isowall...
Jul 11, 2014
Not-for-profit industry body the Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) aims to invest R10-million in support projects this year to address current areas of constraint in the recycling industry. Five categories of support projects have been identified, for which...
Jul 11, 2014
Embodied carbon is increasingly becoming a more significant part of the overall carbon burden for properties and, as a result, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has published a method to calculate embodied carbon for the full life cycle of the...
Jul 11, 2014
Engineering and environmental consultancy Jeffares & Green (J&G), were the lead consultants for the eThekwini municipality’s Electron Road Waste Management Facility, which won first prize for technical excellence at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering...
Jul 11, 2014
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) reports that its waste tyre project – which has been operational for a year – has remediated 26 388 t of tyres, created 683 jobs and registered 1 641 tyre dealers. In addition Redisa is...
Jul 04, 2014
SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology
Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move into...
Jul 04, 2014
TUTUDESK CAMPAIGN The Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa uses recycled materials to manufacture lap desks
Polystyrene recycling association the Polystyrene Packaging Council of South Africa (PSPC) is running a school recycling project to educate schoolchildren on the importance of recycling. The PSPC started the schools campaign to ensure that schools, teachers and...
 
 
 
 
Jul 04, 2014
European airliner manufacturer Airbus spends some €2-billion a year on research and development (R&D), research and technology (R&T) and innovation. Airbus is part of the larger Airbus Group and it is important to stress that this is the figure for the airliner...
Jul 04, 2014
A light steel frame building is providing a structured, safe space to learn and play for preschool children, as early childhood development is critical to providing them with the confidence and social skills to succeed in life, says early childhood development...
Jul 01, 2014
Members of the public have until July 6 to comment on the fourth National Greenhouse-Gas (GHG) Inventory for South Africa, covering 2000 to 2010, which revealed that the total GHG emissions in South Africa, excluding the land subsector, steadily increased by 24.9%...
Jun 27, 2014
According to the New Growth Path (NGP) framework, which has been adopted as the framework for economic policy and the driver of the country’s jobs strategy, government has identified the green economy as one of the top 12 job drivers to assist in creating 300 000...
Jun 24, 2014
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Scaling up smart policies and projects to tackle climate change could lead to significant gains, including an increase in global economic output by trillions of dollars a year and saving million of lives, a new report by World Bank Group has found. The ‘Climate-Smart...
 
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