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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...
Jan 24, 2014
While the implementation of carbon taxes is set to begin in January 2015, facilities management company Servest Group notes that it is important for companies to start investing in energy management systems to immediately reduce energy consumption.
Jan 24, 2014
An 18-month-long planning study to investigate and assess the viability of a bulk water supply scheme for the Southern Ndwedwe area, in KwaZulu-Natal, is underway.
Jan 22, 2014
As the City of Johannesburg prepares to host the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit, from February 4 to 6, it has reiterated its commitment to the development of improved public transport networks that reduce congestion on public roads and lower carbon...
Jan 22, 2014
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Clarity on the design of South Africa’s the carbon tax policy could be a feature of the 2014/15 National Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in February, professional services firm Deloitte said at its prebudget event on Wednesday.
Jan 17, 2014
Thirty-four cities from 14 participating countries have been selected from among 163 entrants in this year’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) to receive special recognition by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for “impressive actions” on climate change. The...
Jan 17, 2014
The specialist Kruger National Park antipoaching response unit of the South African National Parks received a Gazelle helicopter, which will enable the unit to rapidly deploy tracking teams to locate poachers and conduct night patrols using thermal imaging equipment...
Jan 16, 2014
Fitch Ratings on Wednesday upgraded the national ratings of State-owned utilities Eskom and Rand Water, adding that the outlook on the long-term ratings of both organisations were stable Eskom’s national long-term rating was upgraded from 'AA+(zaf)' to 'AAA(zaf)',...
Jan 15, 2014
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Dec 04, 2013
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Dec 04, 2013
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Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane has announced government’s promulgation of pioneering regulations that will provide tax incentives for businesses that can prove verified energy savings as a result of purposefully implemented...
Dec 03, 2013
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Dec 02, 2013
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The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has called for proposals on the feasibility of building a tyre depolymerisation plant (TDP) in Thomo Village, Limpopo. The development of the TDP was expected to boost energy access and jobs in the rural...
Nov 29, 2013
A team of scientists and engineers this week embarked on an Antarctic expedition on the SA Agulhas II to install and commission a new high-frequency digital radar system at the South African Antarctic research base. The South African National Space Agency (Sansa)...
Nov 29, 2013
A dry flue-gas desulphurisation (dry FGD) system uses a lime-based reagent to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the flue gases of any combustion installation without using water, says gas and energy specialist engineering company Tractebel Engineering South Africa...
Nov 28, 2013
Leading South African corporates have again performed well ahead of the global norm in reporting their carbon emissions, with 83 of the companies making up the JSE 100 participating in the seventh edition of the South African Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – the...
Nov 28, 2013
State-owned minerals researcher Mintek and the eWaste Association of South Africa (eWasa) have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to jointly tackle the growing challenge of dealing with electronic and electrical equipment waste, or e-waste, in South...
Nov 22, 2013
Academics, policy makers and government are in the process of developing the Pilot carbon dioxide (CO2) Storage Project (PCSP) that will demonstrate the potential viability of long-term carbon dioxide storage in deep underground geological basins and the project has...
Nov 18, 2013
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Multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided almost $27-billion in global financing in 2012 to address the challenges of climate change, with the African Development Bank (AfDB) mobilising $1.7-billion of climate mitigation finance – more than any other...
Nov 15, 2013
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Emerging countries would feel the “catastrophic” impact of ever-increasing human-induced climate change more than developed economies, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) CEO Morne du Plessis said on Friday. As the effects of climate change...
 
 
 
 
Nov 15, 2013
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the National Dust Control Regulations, in terms of the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act, which prescribes general measures for the control of dust. According to the regulations, any...
Nov 12, 2013
Seven bioprospecting permits were awarded this week as the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) moves to promote biodiversity as an industry in South Africa. African Aloe, Organic Aloe, Skimmelberg Fynbos, the Council For Scientific and Industrial Research,...
Nov 12, 2013
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The call for nominations in the World Wide Fund’s (WWF’s) South African leg of the Climate Solvers initiative was open, with the application deadline extended to November 21, the organisation said on Tuesday. Climate Solvers was a global WWF initiative through...
Nov 08, 2013
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CLEANING UP The DWA and Rand Water have removed 1 000 t of litter and debris from Hartbeespoort dam and its shores
Members of the media from Finland, Zambia, Nigeria, Serbia, Tanzania and the UK toured Hartbeespoort last month, to view best environmental practices in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Nov 08, 2013
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Sasol have inaugurated the first building of the ChemCity Business Incubator (CBI), in Sasolburg, which will support and promote the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). Trade and Industry...
Nov 08, 2013
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Significant work remains to detail the complex geology of the Karoo and to identify all subsurface aquifers in the areas where shale gas exploration and production will occur to determine the potential risks, which will be regulated by the National Environmental...
Nov 06, 2013
Energy and chemicals company Sasol opened an anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) technology pilot plant on Wednesday at the Sasol One Site research and development campus, in Sasolburg, Free State. This was the final step towards the commercialisation of the...
Nov 05, 2013
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South Africa would take a long-term strategic approach to the nineteenth climate change Conference of the Parties (COP19) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, this month, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) chief director of international climate change Maesela Kekana...
Nov 04, 2013
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In the next two decades, the world would exceed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change- (IPCC-) established carbon budget, limiting global warming to 2 °C by 2100, the latest PwC Low Carbon Economy Index revealed on Monday. Despite a rapid move to adopt...
Nov 01, 2013
It was about time the European Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisation (EPRO) looked beyond Europe, as plastics issues were becoming more and more global, said EPRO secretary general Peter Sundt ahead of this month’s international recycling colloquium to be...
 
 
 
 
Nov 01, 2013
Ellis Park stadium, which has an electricity bill of just below R400 000 a month, could reduce its electricity consumption by up to 40% by implementing energy efficiency measures, German consulting firm Transsolar Energietechnik CE Professor Volkmar Bleicher said on...
Nov 01, 2013
The National Building Regulations Act amendments, implemented in January, should drive an increase in the use of large-scale solar water heating in commercial buildings and retrofitting to existing buildings that use large amounts of hot water, says solar water...
Nov 01, 2013
PREVENTING POLLUTIONSouth Africa consumes about 3.1-million tons of glass a year, but 2.1-million tons of this glass is reusable, meaning it will not end up in landfill sites
South Africa’s official organisation for promoting glass recycling, The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC), recycled more than 330 000 t of nonreturnable bottles and jars in its last fiscal year and, therefore, it contributed significantly to 79% of all yearly glass...
Nov 01, 2013
A project supporting African communities to develop more sustainable approaches to farming in wetland areas is achieving positive results, according to research conducted earlier this year, with communities experiencing increased crop yields. Farming households have...
Nov 01, 2013
The era of cheap food has ended, owing to the combined impact of megatrends on the agriculture industry; therefore, people can expect to spend more of their household budget on groceries,” sustainable agriculture company Syngenta head of corporate affairs Kinyua...
Nov 01, 2013
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) formally recognised achievements in the environmental conservation sector in September at its 2013 WESSA National Awards.  The awards ceremony took place at the House of Pharaohs guesthouse and conference...
Nov 01, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
The Sasol Bird Fair, the largest fair of its kind in Southern Africa, which took place at the Johannesburg Zoo in May, is a project of BirdLife South Africa, sponsored by Sasol, in partnership with Johannesburg Zoo and City Parks. The successful event presented two...
Oct 25, 2013
ONE-MILLION TREESThe United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation is pledging funds to plant another one-million trees worldwide
The United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS, is pledging another one-million trees worldwide and has awarded $2.3-million in grants to support environmental programmes and forestry-focused initiatives worldwide.
Oct 11, 2013
A Boeing 737-800 of South African Airways
South African Airways and US aerospace giant Boeing on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the development and implementation of a “sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa”, in the words of the joint press...
 
 
 
 
Oct 11, 2013
A new world record of 44.7% of sunlight was converted into electricity by a photovoltaic panel using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells last month, says German research organisation Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems department head and...
Oct 11, 2013
Engineering and contracting firm Bosch Munitech has located 4 497 leaks in 3 395 km of pipe reticulation, which it surveyed for eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), after being awarded a R7.5-million leak-detection project that will result in the company surveying...
Oct 11, 2013
Space weather has the capacity to have disastrous effects on space and earth based technology infrastructure – from information and communication technology to electrical power distribution systems.
Oct 11, 2013
Independent consultancy The Narrative Lab is finishing a two-year study into stakeholder engagement regarding the water management of the Wilderness and Swartvlei lake systems, in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, on the southern Cape coast of...
Oct 10, 2013
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To reduce leakages from the water supply networks and boost water use efficiency, the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) would, from this month, implement ‘No Drop’ assessments across all municipalities in South Africa. The report assessment programme would be...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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