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Aug 22, 2014
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BOB SCHOLES To ensure that emissions plateau by 2020 and then decline until a net negative emission level is achieved by the end of the century, CO2 capture and storage in addition to major emission reduction efforts will be needed
Capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way through which the world will achieve the lowest of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global warming predictions, called the representative concentration pathway (RCP) 2.6....
Aug 22, 2014
Nongovernmental organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) completed the first phase of its Food-Energy-Water Nexus project in April, which is a body of work that looks at the importance of developing policy and recasting business strategy around these three...
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
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Environmental management inspectors, also known as the Green Scorpions, from the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and various provincial environmental departments would embark on a sand-mining blitz across the country, with the goal of dealing with the...
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...
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
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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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Jun 20, 2014
Johannesburg-based process solutions design and development company GEA Process Engineering has strengthened its emission control unit with the appointment of new sales manager Kayimbi Mpanya. The company is the representative of Germany-based emission control...
Jun 19, 2014
Phase 1 of the Biopark, currently under construction
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...
Jun 09, 2014
In order to make full use of its oceans’ potential, the South African government is in the process of developing a blue economy strategy, said the Department of Environmental Affairs. “South Africa has large ocean spaces and we are beginning to appreciate the...
 
 
 
 
Jun 06, 2014
LINE UPGRADE PFG’s patterned glass line was upgraded and modernised to enable the production of low-iron patterned glass
South Africa-based float and patterned glass manufacturer PFG, a division of the PG Group, is expanding its windshield recovery and reclamation facility in Springs, on the East Rand of Johannesburg. PFG sales director Bob van Schelt notes that the expansion will help...
Jun 06, 2014
May 28, 2014
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Businesses are increasingly under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. But a sustainability expert says they should see this as an opportunity rather than a threat. “It’s a great opportunity for companies to build a case for sustainability. Sustainability...
May 23, 2014
European airliner manufacturer Airbus recently marked the 20th anniversary of its scientific research partnership with a number of international airlines and European universities and scientific institutions to gather atmospheric data. This programme was originally...
May 09, 2014
The pumping, treatment and release of acid mine drainage (AMD) from the Witwatersrand Central basin AMD treatment plant, in Germiston, will start on May 12, State-owned entity the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) said on Friday. The R319-million Central basin...
 
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