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Dec 11, 2015
The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) Working for Water (WfW) programme, which was launched in 1995 by former Department of Water and Forestry Minister professor Kader Asmal, celebrated 20 years of existence last month. According to a statement released by...
Dec 10, 2015
A collaboration agreement between the City of Johannesburg, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and IBM Research would see the application of advanced technologies to help the city deliver on its air-quality management plan. Through this...
Dec 10, 2015
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As nearly 200 countries grappled with the new draft text of what’s hoped will be the world’s first universal accord to battle climate change and its effects, a coalition of nations representing more than 100 countries emerged, to push for a more ambitious deal than...
Dec 04, 2015
Amid unfavourable economic conditions globally and declining investment in South Africa, the challenges of industrial enhancement, urban development, water governance and transport planning have required intervention to ensure progress in the transition to a...
Dec 03, 2015
Corporate social investment (CSI) expenditure in South Africa decreased by 6% year-on-year to R8.1-billion for the 2014/15 financial year, a report has shown. The ‘Trialogue 2015 CSI Handbook’, which was published on Thursday, included primary research into CSI...
Dec 02, 2015
The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa has signed a cooperation agreement with the French Nuclear Society to foster the advancement of science and technology in the area of nuclear energy, as well as knowledge-sharing between experts from both countries....
Nov 30, 2015
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Edna Molewa
South Africa is already feeling the negative effects of global warming, the Presidency said on Monday ahead of the Paris climate change summit. In a statement the Presidency qouted Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa as saying: “The impacts of climate change...
Nov 27, 2015
EN-ROUTE TO JEFFREYS BAY Siemens successfully supplied and installed turbines at the Jefferys Bay Wind farmin the Eastern Cape
Electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens will, by 2017, have supplied a total of 157 wind turbines to wind energy projects in South Africa, following a 2014 contract that committed Siemens to supplying wind turbines to a consortium led by wind and solar...
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In the midst of the current drought crisis facing South Africa, Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (GFIA) believes that there is a need for urgent long-term, sustainable, innovative solutions that will help mitigate the impact of climate change, in order to...
Nov 27, 2015
SERE WIND FARM The Western Cape wind farm is capable of producing enough electricity to supply 124 000 homes
State-owned power utility Eskom’s Sere wind farm, near Vredendal, in the Western Cape, achieved full commercial operational capacity of a 100 MW on March 31. “Sere is Eskom’s first large-scale renewable energy project and forms part of our commitment to renewable...
Nov 27, 2015
WEST COAST ONE The 94 MW wind farm will counteract more than 5 billion tons of carbon emiision
Impoverished communities near rural Vredenburg, 130 km north of Cape Town, are starting to reap the benefits from the West Coast One wind project, which became fully-operational in June, and is operated by a consortium comprising financial services provider Investec,...
Nov 25, 2015
The World Bank on Tuesday unveiled a new plan that calls for $16-billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change and build up the continent's resilience to climate shocks. The Africa climate business plan, titled ‘Accelerating...
Nov 23, 2015
South Africa’s goal to close the gap between business-as-usual carbon intensity from 4.7% a year to 1.5% a year is ambitious and is starting from a very high base – the highest of the Group of 20 (G20) countries, a PwC report has shown. PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index...
Nov 20, 2015
PROGRESS IMPEDIMENT The current lack of clean fuels legislation and clean fuel availability influences the introduction of new, lower carbon emission truck models and technologies
Driving the introduction of clean fuels legislation, which will facilitate the use of extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicles emitting low-carbon emissions, and the localisation of some truck parts and components, are key areas being pursued by the Heavy Commercial...
Nov 19, 2015
At least 80 world leaders are still expected in Paris on November 30 for the opening of global climate talks, despite the terrorist attacks on France, the head of the United Nations' (UN's) climate change programme said Wednesday. "COP21 continues as planned,"...
Nov 13, 2015
President Jacob Zuma
The level of ambition contained in South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), which was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCCC) Secretariat well ahead of the twenty-first Conference of the Parties...
Nov 13, 2015
ADDING TO THE COUNTRY’S LAGERS MBco’s Loadshed Lager was born out of the brewery’s realisation that South Africa comprises mostly lager drinkers
Being the first brewery to open in the Western Cape’s Worcester region, at the Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve, has benefited local brewery Mountain Brewing Company (MBco) significantly, as it is now able to access an “untouched” natural spring situated 600 m from the...
Nov 13, 2015
INSTALLING A BREWING SYSTEM E3 Energy Group of Companies had to custom design the 10 000 ℓ storage vessel it installed at Cape Brewing Company
Western Cape-based brewery Cape Brewing Company (CBC) has, with the help of renewable-energy company E3 Energy Group of Companies (E3), produced what it says is South Africa’s first commercially available green beer, using water heated by the sun. The beer-brewing...
Nov 13, 2015
DISTILLATION PROCESS Brewing produces waste that can be reused
While most breweries dispose of any waste produced through their brewing processes by selling it to livestock farmers – or buying their own livestock to feed their waste to – Boksburg-based brewery Just Brewing Company donates its waste to a local park and petting...
Nov 13, 2015
BEST FARMING PRACTICES This year’s award for Best Farming Practices in the Nedbank Green Wine Awards went to Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate, situated in the town of Botrivier, in the Western Cape
This year’s Nedbank Green Wine Awards, which took place last month in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, re-emphasised the industry’s imperative to produce local wine in an environment-friendly manner. With this in mind, this year’s award for Best Farming Practices – which...
Nov 13, 2015
DIY Dockside Brewery decided to build its brewery itself as the cost of importing a brewery was inhibitive
Innovation and differentiation can help a brewery survive and thrive in the competitive South African beer market, says Port Elizabeth-based extreme and exotic beer maker Dockside Brewery co-owner Jane Schlaphoff. She says Dockside adds unusual or nontraditional...
Nov 13, 2015
RICH PICKINGS Sustainable farming aims to build farm productivity and profitability in a way that minimises any adverse impacts on the environment
The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF) Sustainable Agriculture Programme maintains the importance of healthy, functioning ecosystems in South Africa’s farmlands, including in the production of wine and associated fruit. The programme, which sustainable...
Nov 13, 2015
FAMILY AFFAIR Karusa is a family-operated and -managed wine and fruit farm, which has the benefit of there being much greater concern and effort regarding efficiency and productivity
Undertaking a comprehensive soil and climate research project before establishing a wine farm is necessary to limit risk when dealing with the unpredictability of nature, including climate change and soil condition, says Karusa Premium Wines & Craft Brewery winemaker...
Nov 13, 2015
SOUTH AFRICAN PALE ALE Garagista Beer Company has been making a local Pale Ale since June last year
Making cider using an ultraviolet light pasteuriser is more product-benign and energy efficient than heat pasteurisation, says Cape Town-based beer and cider maker Garagista Beer Company owner Steve Miller. “We are the only cider makers in South Africa to use an...
Nov 12, 2015
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To assist South Africa in reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions, while promoting economic development, a $15-million, five-year US Agency for International Development (USAID) South Africa-Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) initiative was launched on Thursday.   The...
Nov 11, 2015
The number of environmental crimes finalised with a verdict by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) increased by 60.6%, from 165 cases in 2013/14 to 265 cases in 2014/15, while the conviction rate increased from 87.3% to 94.7%, the National Environmental...
Nov 10, 2015
Pro-fracking entrepreneurs brought the first public meeting of scientists studying the controversial attempt to mine gas buried deep under the Karoo to a sudden halt in Graaff-Reinet's Masizake Hall on Monday. In May‚ cabinet mandated five government departments and...
Nov 09, 2015
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World Bank president Jim Yong Kim
An additional 100-million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by 2030, as climate-related shocks and stresses, already a major obstacle to poverty reduction, worsen, a new World Bank report warns. The report, titled ‘Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of...
Nov 06, 2015
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage
Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage has said the organisation would oppose the proposed tax increases that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had indicated are on the cards for 2016. “Not on our watch. Until government tackles the...
Nov 06, 2015
More than 90 per cent of South Africa’s energy consumption is derived from fossil fuels – resulting in the release of more than 400-million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. While there is no doubt that increased energy production is necessary to ensure economic...
Nov 05, 2015
Nov 02, 2015
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Edna Molwewa
Four weeks ahead of the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Paris, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has come out against what she describes as a reluctance by developed...
Nov 02, 2015
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Sir David King
The UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, warned on Monday that countries building new coal-fired power stations could well be building “stranded assets”. Speaking in Johannesburg on Monday, Britain’s former Chief...
Nov 02, 2015
The National Treasury on Monday published the draft Carbon Tax Bill, which could see a basic 60% tax-free threshold during the first phase of the carbon tax from implementation date up to 2020, for public comment. The draft Bill proposed an additional 10% tax-free...
Oct 30, 2015
MUNICIPAL WASTE CONVERTED Waste management solutions provider Interwaste is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy
Waste management solutions provider Interwaste – a member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa – is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy. Interwaste group sales director Jason McNeil tells Engineering...
Oct 30, 2015
GREEN CITY START UP WINNERS Geza Jozi representative Gabriel Ally, WHC CEO Paseka Lesolang, Baoberry representative Yolandi Schoeman and PowerOptimal CEO Sean Moolman
The winners of the R5-million Green City Startup Challenge was announced during an awards ceremony last month by Economic Development MMC Counsellor Ruby Mathang. In partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the UJ-owned  training, research and...
Oct 30, 2015
RACHELLE STOFBERG I-Cat is committed to assisting clients with their air emissions reporting
To ensure that it delivers its services with a focus on quality, experience and competency in an ever-changing professional and regulatory environment, environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ environmental management division attended an...
Oct 30, 2015
COMBATING HAZARDOUS WASTE GreenSolution’s on-site waste management programme ensures that waste is disposed of responsibly and in a manner that can be recorded and traced
Recycling, waste and pest management company GreenSolution in September partnered with a sludge removal company to coordinate on-site sludge removal and filtration processes as part of its aim to mitigate the challenges of inefficient waste management, while trying...
Oct 30, 2015
GROWING CONCERN Eight-million tons of plastic products leak into the world’s oceans every year – and these amounts continue to grow
Nonprofit environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy last month announced the global launch of a new report titled ‘Stemming the Tide: Land-Based Strategies for a Plastic-Free Ocean’. This solutions-oriented report, compiled in partnership with global management...
Oct 30, 2015
ECOMOBILITY IN JOBURG The EcoMobility Festival promotes the use of public transport and encourages citizens to imagine and embrace alternative means of moving goods and people
Addressing the province on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on October 4 welcomed the launch of Johannesburg Streets Alive: the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in Sandton City, Johannesburg The festival took place during...
Oct 30, 2015
PLUMMETING POPULATION The global bee population is declining significantly and is under new pressure from disease
International digital security company Gemalto notes that the global bee population is declining significantly and is under new pressure from disease. With this in mind, the company highlights an innovative technology-based solution called Mite Not, which could...
Oct 30, 2015
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION PROVIDED Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines
With a focus on using renewable-energy sources to produce green energy as a reliable source of electricity, power generation products provider Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines. The company has...
Oct 26, 2015
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South Africa is soon to introduce a Paper and Packaging Industry Plan that will require separation-at-source from a household level, bringing about a significant change in the current waste management regime, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has announced....
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