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Oct 17, 2014
Particulate matter pollution remains a problem in major cities and industrial zones in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The most populated and industrial areas are consistently above the Air Quality Act standards for particulate matter and significantly above...
Oct 15, 2014
South Africa has for the first time been elected to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (CoP) bureau, strengthening the country’s status as a global player in the biodiversity field, the Department of...
Oct 10, 2014
WATER IMPORTANCE The major problem with the current management of water infrastructure is a lack of uniformity
Managing risk in the water services sector is key to the longevity and cost efficiency of South Africa’s water infrastructure, according to multinational professional services firm Arup.
Oct 10, 2014
SYSTEM UPGRADE The new wastewater treatment plant replaces the region’s older Ujams wastewater treatment plant, located about 20 km north of Windhoek
A R125-million water infrastructure project in Namibia, undertaken by water treatment company Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa, will enhance the wastewater treatment in an industrial zone near the country’s capital Windhoek.
Oct 10, 2014
MINIMAL MAINTENANCE The only maintenance required on the Bubbler system is replacing the chlorine every month and the bacteria every three months
A locally developed septic tank sewerage system, the Bubbler Water Efficiency System (Bubbler system), can recycle different types of water while reducing the amount of accumulated solid waste, says Cape Town-based wastewater treatment company Bubbler.
Oct 10, 2014
PETER SHEPHERD South Africa’s big cities have had a severe impact on river systems, with increasing urbanisation compounding the situation
A significant amount of stormwater infrastructure in South Africa is insufficient to handle the country’s rapid urbanisation, according to consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa.
Oct 10, 2014
BETTER SANITATION Incledon's community project involves the upliftment of thousands of Free State residents that have previously been using the portable toilet system in their communities
Fluid conveyance company Incledon is providing underprivileged communities in the Free State with improved hygiene standards and sanitary conditions as part of a multimillion-rand sewerage upgrade project across the province that involves the replacement of portable...
Oct 09, 2014
Vele colliery
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South African National Parks (SANParks) and Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) on Wednesday signed a historic biodiversity offset agreement (BOA) for CoAL’s Vele colliery, in Limpopo. The biodiversity offset was aimed at...
Oct 06, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
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Sep 26, 2014
 
 
 
Sep 25, 2014
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has allocated more than $3-billion in financing to support developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change over the next four years. An additional $30-billion would also be leveraged from other sources over the...
Sep 23, 2014
The Standard Bank Group has been named one of the world’s greenest banks by Bloomberg Markets, ranked eighteenth out of 20 global finance institutions recognised for their investments in green-energy projects and efforts to reduce their own waste and carbon...
Sep 23, 2014
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The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) was considering establishing an air quality index, to make information on the quality of ambient air in South Africa more accessible, DEA national air quality officer Dr Thulie Mdluli said on Tuesday. She noted that the...
Sep 12, 2014
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Noting a recent report by Statistics South Africa, which recorded an increase in the number of bucket toilets in the Eastern Cape, provincial government said this week that it was studying the contents of the report to ascertain where this increase had occurred and...
Sep 12, 2014
OWEN SKAE Business and sustainability can work together harmoniously
Sustainability provides unparalleled opportunities for organisations; it helps them to become competitive, resilient, and able to grow and create long term value says Rhodes Business School director Owen Skae. He says the school has been focusing on sustainability...
Sep 12, 2014
Petroleum group Shell’s Three Sisters Ultra City, on the N1 Highway near Beaufort West, has installed a 150 m3/d effluent treatment and grey-water recycling plant, which has resulted in the recovery of 25 000 l of water a day out of season and 120 000 l of water a...
Sep 05, 2014
APPROPRIATE FILTRATION The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes
The quality of all grades of oil produced and refined in South Africa is subpar in terms of international standards and industry best practices, according to Kyalami-based wear control company Filter Focus.
Sep 05, 2014
The Berg River Partnership (BRP) has piloted the 2020 Vision for Water Education Programme (VFWEP) at 10 schools in the Berg river area, in the Western Cape, as part of its youth initiative.
Aug 29, 2014
A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career...
Aug 29, 2014
The financial director of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has revealed the losses currently being borne by the Benga coal operation in Mozambique’s Tete province. Anil Chaudhary reported that Benga’s production costs were $165/t while the current market...
 
 
 
 
Aug 29, 2014
DEEP CLEANING Microbes in Deep Impact occur naturally without having to be genetically modified, making them nonpathogenic to humans, animals and plants
Stellenbosch-based probiotic product developer and manufacturer Probio launched a new biodegradable cleaning product – Deep Impact – last month.
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 transitioning...
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
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
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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