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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...
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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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 –...
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...
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...
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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Mar 14, 2014
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation
Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV...
Mar 14, 2014
Researchers from the US and Denmark have identified a new, nickel-gallium, catalyst that turns hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol while producing fewer byproducts than the current catalyst. This new approach is low-cost and much cleaner that the existing...
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 06, 2014
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The City of Cape Town will be signing an agreement with a Japanese consortium comprising Japanese firms CFP Corporation and Kanemiya, as well as the Japan International Cooperation Agency, for the establishment of a pilot plastics-to-oil plant at its Kraaifontein...
Mar 04, 2014
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Mac Consulting's Dave Collins
At present, countries are so focused on the immediate challenges of energy security and energy access that the environmental impact associated with addressing these challenges is mostly ignored, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins said on Tuesday....
Feb 28, 2014
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Kendal power station
World-renowned energy expert Sir Eric Ash believes China, the US and the UK are starting to take stock of the damage being done by carbon dioxide (CO2) released by coal and the potential of burying the noxious gases underground or in the sea. “I’m not aware of...
Feb 28, 2014
Soil stabilisation products supplier AnyWay Solid Environmental Solutions says Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) project managers should consider environment-friendly options as alternative methods for road building and...
Feb 26, 2014
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In a move likely to invite criticism from environmental tax proponents, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced to Parliament on Wednesday that, while a “package” of measures – including a carbon tax – was required to address climate change and reduce...
Feb 26, 2014
Despite slower economic growth in 2013 of 1.9%, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Wednesday that the 2013/14 Budget deficit was projected to be 4% of gross domestic product (GDP), a modest improvement on the October projection of 4.2%. He also stressed...
Feb 25, 2014
Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have proved that, despite predictions, tropical storms were not increasing in number and that while global warming was causing frost to be less severe, late season frost was not receding as quickly as...
Feb 21, 2014
With the world’s top 600 cities (with populations of 600 000 or greater) responsible for more than 50% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), urban infrastructure is a major focus for German-based global engineering and technology group Siemens. “This is...
Feb 20, 2014
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa
Water and Environmental Affairs Mininster Edna Molewa earlier this week published the draft amendment regulations on Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing (BABS) for public participation. Bioprospecting comprised the systematic search for and development of new...
Feb 18, 2014
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The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday updated the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on e-tolling stating that the system was working, although not without challenges. Sanral said in a statement that it explained to the committee that the...
Feb 14, 2014
Computing giant IBM, which is deploying integrated computing platforms to help cities manage their resources, infrastructure and services, has opened a client centre at its Sandton offices to offer local city managers a view of the system’s capabilities as it is...
Feb 14, 2014
The efficiency of inspections at base station sites, which monitor electromagnetic emissions, can now be materially improved, claims the developer of a tablet and Web interface software program that gathers data on site and sends the information to the operator’s...
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