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Environmental News

Over 1 000 international delegates gather in Cape Town to find ways of adapting to global climate change

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 In the beginning the conversation about global climate change focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep Earth's temperatures from rising dangerously high. Later, another conversation developed alongside the first, which said even if we stopped all greenhouse gas emissions today, we... 

Consciousness needed for chemical use

15th June 2018 The use of chemical compound Difluoromethane (R32) refrigerant in air-conditioning systems as a ‘green’ alternative to R410A demonstrates the global impact of the phasedown programme initiated by the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Agreement, according to specialty chemicals and gases supplier... 

Consciousness needed for  chemical use
ENVIROMENTALLY INNOVATIVE COMPOUND R32 has higher pressures than many mainstream refrigerants, in addition to mild flammability

Technology at the fore

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Various speakers discussed new technologies and applications in the thermoplastic welding industry at the Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry body Plastics SA last month. The discussions ranged from single-user welding technology to new applications (apps) revolutionising... 

Technology at the fore
PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY The new Hurner Smartline butt welding machine and clamp was on show

Carbon-content waste disposal rethought

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 In light of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) imminent ban on all forms of liquid waste to landfill set for August 2019 and the ban on hazardous waste to landfill with a calorific value greater than 25 MJ/kg since August 2017, waste management service provider Interwaste states... 

Carbon-content waste disposal rethought
WASTE-DERIVED FUEL Interwaste has invested a significantly in the development of alternative waste solutions aimed at turning harmful waste into waste-derived fuel

Sustainable construction championed for building industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Sustainable construction should be pursued instead of green building, and using concrete can help achieve this, as it is quite a sustainable material, advances technical services provider for concrete The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. TCI is well poised and equipped to promote this,... 

Sustainable construction championed for building industry
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VERSATILE Concrete is a sustainable material, with design flexibility, as it can be constructed into any shape, design and finish

Entrenched player furthers green building

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam believes that it is important for all industry roleplayers to play an active role in furthering green sustainability initiatives in the built environment, and the company is pursuing this through partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, says... 

Entrenched player  furthers green building
EVERGREEN AfriSam has sponsored a number of awards to recognise notable achievements and work in sustainable building

Averda launches hazardous waste management system

By: Nadine James     15th June 2018 Healthcare institutions have a legal duty to ensure that their hazardous waste is managed responsibly, and Averda has introduced the Averda TruTrak to demonstrate its commitment to the responsible management of hazardous waste products. Averda South Africa healthcare head Eugene Barnard explains... 

Averda launches hazardous waste management system
EUGENE BARNARD The Averda TruTrak system enables clients to access automated waste-tracking and record-keeping capabilities through an online client portal

WWF calls on airline industry to help stop the trafficking of wildlife

By: Kim Cloete     14th June 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on airlines and airports to work together to stop widespread wildlife trafficking.   “Wildlife trafficking is a global challenge. The very existence of wildlife is being threatened,” WWF private sector engagement team director Afsoon Namini, told... 

Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment

By: African News Agency      11th June 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the draft National Climate Change Bill for public comment in the Government Gazette, her department said on Sunday. "The purpose of the bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term just transition to a... 

Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

DEA, Unido to host roadshow on HFC phase-out

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will collaborate with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) to host a roadshow with the aim of engaging stakeholders about the Hydrofluorocarbons Phase-Out Management Plan (HPMP) for South Africa.  

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

Petco confident in South Africa’s PET recycling resilience

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco describes 2017 as one of the most challenging years for the company, with a 13% year-on-year consumption decline in the local PET market.  

Petco confident in South Africa’s PET recycling resilience
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Petco chairperson Dr Casper Durandt speaks at the Petco AGM

Rhodes’ Centre for Biological Control awarded R68m contract to help control alien plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 The newly-established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at Rhodes University has been awarded a R68-million contract by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).  

Rhodes’ Centre for Biological Control awarded R68m contract to help control alien plants
DEA Deputy Director General Dr Guy Preston & Centre for Biological Control Director Professor Martin Hill

UN, CSIR Africa Waste Management Outlook considers African context

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 The starting point for the ‘Africa Waste Management Outlook’, which was launched by the United Nations (UN) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Resources (CSIR) on Tuesday, was the global waste management outlook that was published by the UN in 2015.  

UN, CSIR Africa Waste Management Outlook considers African context
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CSIR principal scientist Professor Linda Godfrey speaking at the launch of the Africa Waste Management Outlook

UN, CSIR launch Africa waste management outlook

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2018 The United Nations (UN) Environment Programme and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday released Africa’s first consolidated waste management outlook, which seeks to outline and address the impact of mismanaged waste on the continent.  

UN, CSIR launch Africa waste management outlook
Electronic waste dumped in Africa by developed countries to supposedly be reused, can end up in landfills

By 2050 there may be more plastic in oceans than fish – UN

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 Plastic pollution in the oceans has reached a stage where microplastics – pieces smaller than 5mm – now outnumber stars in our galaxy, according to UN secretary general António Guterres. And by 2050, he says, if present trends continue, there will be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish.... 

Eskom welcomes declaration of Ingula nature reserve

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 State-owned Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme, in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, and its associated land, has formally been declared a nature reserve. The Ingula nature reserve is Eskom’s third following the establishment of the Koeberg nature reserve and the Majuba nature reserve, which... 

Environmental activists challenge Radebe’s intention to build new coal-fired plants

By: Anine Kilian     4th June 2018 The Life After Coal Campaign, comprising environmental organisations EarthLife Africa, groundWork and the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), together with Greenpeace, has called on Energy Minister Jeff Radebe to cancel plans to build two new coal-fired power plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa.... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Last month, bearings and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger presented a talk on the adventures and challenges in overcoming wear in different industries at the South African Institute of Tribology in Sandton, Gauteng. Of the presentation, ‘Adventures in... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges
JEAN-PATRICK LEGER In applications, two surfaces rub and/or spin against each other causing friction and leading to wear

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 It is inevitable that water utilities will continue to face various challenges, but technology can be used to ensure visibility of water quality throughout the value chain, and automatically communicated to stakeholders and consumers.   In this regard, investment in analytics can be a quick win... 

Analytical tools seen as increasingly essential to water management
MAANDA RAMUTUMBU Analytical tools can empower utilities to manage their water resources more efficiently and enable them to take proactive steps

Civil society seeks to protect Mpumalanga water source from coal mining impact

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2018 New legal proceedings have been launched in the Mbombela High Court against Atha-Africa Ventures’ proposed development of the Yzermyn coal mine inside a protected area and strategic water resource area, in Mpumalanga. A coalition of eight community and civil society organisations have lodged a... 

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn
New Development Bank Yearly Meeting

Weather service sees El Nino building

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 The South African Weather Service said on Monday that it saw an El Nino weather pattern developing during the region's winter and spring but it was too early to forecast if it would last into the summer growing season. The last El Nino was linked to a severe drought that hit crop production and... 

Weather service sees El Nino building

Transport Decarbonisation Alliance launched

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA), a coalition aiming to catalyse the accelerated decarbonisation of the transport sector, was launched earlier this week in Leipzig, Germany, as part of the International Transport Forum (ITF). Rail transport company Alstom and partner companies, cities... 

Transport Decarbonisation Alliance launched

Nigeria's Bodo community claims win over Shell after latest UK court ruling

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 A British judge ruled on Thursday that Nigeria's Bodo community, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with Shell over the clean-up of two 2008 oil spills, should retain the option of litigation for another year. Lawyers for Bodo had accused Shell of trying to kill off the legal... 

Hilton hotels to cut down on plastic waste

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 The Hilton hotel group will remove plastic straws and plastic water bottles from its 650 managed properties by the end of this year. The company on Wednesday revealed its goal of cutting its global environmental impact in half by 2030. 

Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 "We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," MEC for environmental affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release. The Western Cape generated approximately three million tonnes of waste in 2017 according to the government. The City of Cape Town... 

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 The Basic countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process that cannot be postponed. This was said following the 26th Basic Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held in Durban over the weekend.... 

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill

By: News24Wire      17th May 2018 A Climate Change Bill is on the cards for South Africa. Speaking at a press briefing before introducing her department's budget to the National Assembly on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in addition to finalising the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the... 

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill

Plastic bottle recycling hits record

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Despite tough trading conditions and a fall of 13% in the total polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market, the South African plastic industry recycled a record 2.15-billion PET plastic bottles in 2017. With a post-consumer recycling rate of 65%, the country is on par with international standards,... 

Biomimicry is one of the top tech trends, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Nature-inspired design – biomimicry – has been highlighted as one of the key technology trends that will shape the future and is beginning to transform industries across the world. The rapidly growing field focuses on adapting nature’s solutions to solve man-made design challenges. 

1 000 new nuclear reactors needed to meet global energy demand by 2050 – WNA

By: Anine Kilian     15th May 2018 The world will need to build 1 000 new nuclear reactors to meet global energy demand by 2050, World Nuclear Association (WNA) Harmony Programme adviser Jeremy Gordon said at AtomExpo, in Sochi, Russia, on Monday. He added that nuclear power was in the past 25 years growing at the fastest rate... 

Molewa invites public comment on waste tyre management plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa has given notice in the Government Gazette of four industry waste tyre management plans.  

Molewa invites public comment on waste tyre management plans
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Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa
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