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Apr 18, 2014
Lead acid battery manufacturer and distributor First National Battery officially launched its Scrap Battery division last month to address environmental concerns and promote the recycling of batteries.
Apr 17, 2014
Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
Apr 14, 2014
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A United Nations (UN) report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air. The study, drawing on work by more than 1...
Apr 11, 2014
The Kruger National Park in partnership with paper and packaging company Nampak on Friday launched its waste separation and recycling facility in Skakuza, in the southern region of the KNP. The more than R7-million facility, funded by Nampak, the Kruger National Park...
Apr 11, 2014
Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa President Rob Adam remains convinced that the energy policy tide in South Africa is running in favour of nuclear power and that the country will, in due course, construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs). This despite the...
Apr 09, 2014
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Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour...
Apr 09, 2014
JSE-listed paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact’s recycling business Mpact Recycling was aiming to increase South Africa’s recycling rate by focusing on paper collection from individual households and rural areas, Mpact Recycling MD John Hunt said on...
Apr 07, 2014
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Describing climate change as the “defining issue of the twenty-first century”, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) natural resources and the environment chief researcher Bob Scholes said on Monday that increased per capita consumption –...
Apr 04, 2014
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Apr 02, 2014
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Mar 28, 2014
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa
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...
Mar 28, 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...
Mar 28, 2014
Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement and its mineral compounds make up roughly 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest of the recipe. Cement, however, is not the green lobby’s...
Mar 28, 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...
Mar 26, 2014
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UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon...
Mar 24, 2014
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The Nkangala district municipality (NDM), in Mpumalanga, has refused State-owned power utility Eskom’s request to relax the conditions of its Kriel power station’s atmospheric emissions licence. Eskom had applied to amend the licence in November last year.
Mar 21, 2014
South African environmental management products and services company Procon Environmental Technologies successfully rehabilitated 25 000 t of soil contaminated by a major diesel spillage at a site near Tzaneen, in Limpopo, the company announced in February. The...
Mar 20, 2014
To coincide with National Water Week 2014, nongovernment organisations (NGOs) the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) and Conservation South Africa (CSA) have launched a European Union-funded project that will...
Mar 17, 2014
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Mar 14, 2014
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation
Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV...
Mar 14, 2014
Researchers from the US and Denmark have identified a new, nickel-gallium, catalyst that turns hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol while producing fewer byproducts than the current catalyst. This new approach is low-cost and much cleaner that the existing...
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
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The City of Cape Town will be signing an agreement with a Japanese consortium comprising Japanese firms CFP Corporation and Kanemiya, as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency, for the establishment of a pilot plastics-to-oil plant at its Kraaifontein...
Mar 04, 2014
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Mac Consulting's Dave Collins
At present, countries are so focused on the immediate challenges of energy security and energy access that the environmental impact associated with addressing these challenges is mostly ignored, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins said on Tuesday....
Feb 28, 2014
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Kendal power station
World-renowned energy expert Sir Eric Ash believes China, the US and the UK are starting to take stock of the damage being done by carbon dioxide (CO2) released by coal and the potential of burying the noxious gases underground or in the sea. “I’m not aware of...
Feb 28, 2014
Soil stabilisation products supplier AnyWay Solid Environmental Solutions says Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) project managers should consider environment-friendly options as alternative methods for road building and...
Feb 26, 2014
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In a move likely to invite criticism from environmental tax proponents, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced to Parliament on Wednesday that, while a “package” of measures – including a carbon tax – was required to address climate change and reduce...
Feb 26, 2014
Despite slower economic growth in 2013 of 1.9%, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Wednesday that the 2013/14 Budget deficit was projected to be 4% of gross domestic product (GDP), a modest improvement on the October projection of 4.2%. He also stressed...
Feb 25, 2014
Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have proved that, despite predictions, tropical storms were not increasing in number and that while global warming was causing frost to be less severe, late season frost was not receding as quickly as...
Feb 21, 2014
With the world’s top 600 cities (with populations of 600 000 or greater) responsible for more than 50% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), urban infrastructure is a major focus for German-based global engineering and technology group Siemens. “This is...
Feb 20, 2014
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Water and Environmental Affairs Mininster Edna Molewa earlier this week published the draft amendment regulations on Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing (BABS) for public participation. Bioprospecting comprised the systematic search for and development of new...
Feb 18, 2014
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The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday updated the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on e-tolling stating that the system was working, although not without challenges. Sanral said in a statement that it explained to the committee that the...
Feb 14, 2014
Computing giant IBM, which is deploying integrated computing platforms to help cities manage their resources, infrastructure and services, has opened a client centre at its Sandton offices to offer local city managers a view of the system’s capabilities as it is...
Feb 14, 2014
The efficiency of inspections at base station sites, which monitor electromagnetic emissions, can now be materially improved, claims the developer of a tablet and Web interface software program that gathers data on site and sends the information to the operator’s...
Feb 14, 2014
Small boilers producing less than 50 MW of thermal power are now regulated under sections 23 and 24 of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act No. 39 of 2004 and must comply with the emissions standards set out in the amended Act, says Water and...
Feb 07, 2014
The Infrastructure Development Bill has been introduced with the laudable aim of overcoming delays, bottlenecks and shortcomings in the integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects. But there has also been broad-based criticism of the proposed...
Feb 07, 2014
KERRI WOLTER Vultures form an important ecological component of our natural environment, cleaning up dead carcasses and decreasing the spread of some diseases
Cape vultures are adopting newly constructed power line pylons as roosting and breeding sites in areas where there are few natural perches. This is according to the study, ‘Do Power Lines and Protected Areas Present a Catch-22 Situation for Cape Vultures (Gyps...
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
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Feb 05, 2014
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Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
Bruce Kerswill
Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) executive chairperson Bruce Kerswill has been elected the chairperson of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), after leading the charge for the formation of the local council in 2007. During his involvement with the...
Jan 31, 2014
SOLAR PV PANELS ON ROOFTOP Photovoltaic (PV) power already being in grid parity in some areas in South Africa makes the PV system cheaper than grid power
Over the next five years, State-owned power utility Eskom hopes to develop a portfolio of up to 150 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at its sites across South Africa called the Ilanga PV programme.
Jan 31, 2014
USER-FRIENDLY INTERFACE Using surveys, Re-Act assesses a company’s understanding of the most important aspects of the country’s recently amended legislation, further providing that company with a protocol that indicates areas of improvement
Staffing, human capital management and business process outsourcing services provider Adcorp has launched its new labour law interactive website application (app), re-Act, which, using surveys, assesses a company’s understanding of the most important aspects of the...
Jan 29, 2014
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Water research body the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) will host the first workshop of the $2.5-million Sanitation Research Fund for Africa (SRFA), from January 30 to 31, in Johannesburg, in an effort to stimulate competency and capacity in the area of...
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