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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
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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...
Apr 25, 2014
SLUDGE USE Weltec Biopower’s enhanced sludge treatments offer energy savings for sewage plants
More municipalities are looking to enhance the energy potential of their sewage plants to ensure economically and ecologically sustainable plant solutions, says biogas manufacturer Weltec Biopower sales manager Hajo Schierhold. “Sustainable anaerobic fermentation and...
Apr 25, 2014
It had been expected, but not, I think, so soon. And the scale was greater than expected. So it came as quite a jolt. I am, of course, referring to Nigeria’s rather dramatic leapfrogging of South Africa to become by far the biggest African economy. This followed the...
Apr 25, 2014
HYDROCARBON REMOVAL Procon Environmental Technologies supplies oily water separator systems to remove hydrocarbons from wastewater
Environmental management products and services provider Procon Environmental Technologies expects to complete a multimillion-rand wastewater treatment plants contract associated with a pipeline project in mid-June, company MD Kuno Kerlen tells Engineering News. “We...
Apr 25, 2014
INFRASTRUCTURE FOCUS Amatola Water will implement refurbishments and expansions at the Mthatha wastewater treatment works
Water infrastructure management entity Amatola Water expects to complete key sanitation projects for the OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, by 2016, states Amatola Water interim CEO Mzimkulu Msiwa. Amatola Water was appointed as the implementing...
Apr 23, 2014
US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority...
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
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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 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 – rather...
Apr 04, 2014
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Since becoming fully operational ten months ago, the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has processed 19 563 t of waste tyre, in an attempt to alleviate the significant environmental risk posed by waste tyres. Redisa transporters...
Mar 31, 2014
Steps taken to build climate resilience in urban areas can materially accelerate successful climate adaptation globally, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) latest report argues. But it also warns that many global climate risks are concentrated in...
Mar 28, 2014
The Recycling Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa), which has been managing the collection and disposal of waste tyres for the past ten months, has been well received by recyclers who recognise that they can get good-quality waste tyre feedstock...
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 environmental...
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 favourite...
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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