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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
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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...
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 into...
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 value...
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 is...
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...
May 09, 2014
Each project to transform Johannesburg and Gauteng into an interconnected and efficient city region must be sustainable and efficient over the short and long term, says City of Johannesburg city manager Trevor Fowler.
May 02, 2014
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Corporate companies are likely to take up National Treasury’s new carbon offset proposal “in a big way”, GCX Africa lead strategist Kevin James said this week. National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining a carbon...
May 02, 2014
The continuous and active rehabilitation and remediation of habitats not only improves the robustness of the habitats and provides space for natural ecology to take place, but also creates sustainable employment, says Department of Water Affairs Crocodile river...
 
 
 
 
May 02, 2014
With torrential rain in February causing existing potholes to widen and new ones to emerge, soil stabilisation products supplier AnyWay Solid Environmental Solutions South Africa believes roads authorities should consider new ways to deal with what is now a...
Apr 29, 2014
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The National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining proposals for a carbon offset scheme that would enable businesses to lower their carbon tax liability and make investments that would reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG)...
Apr 25, 2014
EASY AERATION Features of the Aire-O2 Triton aerator include efficient fine bubble aeration and reduced energy consumption
Water and wastewater treatment equipment supplier Circuit Water Engineering Equipment commissioned a multimillion-rand supply contract for the Darvill wastewater treatment works in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in October last year, says company MD Ryan Beswick....
Apr 25, 2014
DIFFICULT ACQUISITION Waste incinerator purchases are still hampered by frustrations such as incinerator permits
Incinerator and waste management equipment supplier Saubatech aims to this year place more market focus on its Macroblaze waste gas burner, flame traps and incinerators for the sewage treatment works industry, says company marketing manager Andreas Thieme. The...
Apr 25, 2014
PROVING PERFORMANCE Three S-tube impeller pumps will be installed at sewage and wastewater plants to test and prove their efficiency
To prove the efficiency of its S-tube impeller fitted in their sewage S range, Denmark-based pumps manufacturer and pump components supplier Grundfos will install three of its S-tube impeller pumps at sewage and wastewater treatment plants in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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