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Environmental News

Advances in GM crops highlighted at anniversary event

By: Dylan Slater     17th February 2017 Independent, nonprofit biotechnology stakeholders association Africabio celebrated 20 years of genetically modified (GM) crops and other biotechnology at a dinner event in November, 2016, during which various roleplayers from governmental departments and private-sector farmers discussed the... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development
NEW HORIZONS The recently completed biogas upgrade project in Athlone

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Consumer choices will increasingly drive ‘circular’ manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Manufacturing worldwide is far from adopting circular resource-use principles into the practical reality of its design and distribution streams, but consumer choices can change this reality, says engineering company Aurecon manufacturing market director Tim Plenderleith. Multinational consultancy... 

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Global energy council  ponders gas-related realities
SOUND INVESTMENT Among the fossil fuels, natural gas is the one fossil source which will continue to grow

Product testing facility construction to be completed this year

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 The construction of Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Product Testing Institute (PTI), which started last year, is expected to be completed in the second quarter. 

SATMC emphasises need for tyre homologation

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 Tyre manufacturing industry representative the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) says homologation – the process of certifying or approving a product for introduction into a market – of new tyre ranges is crucial, as tyres are a safety critical component in vehicles.  

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

     10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

First organic coolant in the lubrications market

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 The correct coolant chemistry is vital in maintaining the longevity of engines, says diesel engine and technology specialist Cummins Filtration technical services support lead - Africa Tim Hayward, explaining that coolants increase the lifespan of engines by removing compounds that are difficult... 

Outstanding achievements earn company chemicals industry award

     10th February 2017 Imperial Logistics group company Freightmax has been awarded the Responsible Care Haulier Award by the Chemicals and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA). This annual award recognises companies in the South African chemicals industry for outstanding achievements in health and safety, resource... 

Outstanding achievements earn company chemicals  industry award
PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Freightmax operations director Shaun Barker (left) and national SHERQ manager Alvin Pillay (right) with the Responsible Care Haulier Award

SAFEHouse

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th February 2017 With South Africa having a considerable number of electrical product that are non-compliant with regulations and are potentially unsafe, the situation has prompted a formation of a non profit entity SAFEHouse Association by a group of organisations in the electrical industry with the aim of... 

SAFEHouse

Agreement significant in phasing down ozone depleting substances

     3rd February 2017 Specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa (SA) has hailed the signing of the Kigali Amendment on October 15, 2016 as an “historic international agreement” for the phasedown of commonly used, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. 

Concern regarding standard disposable cylinders

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 Speciality chemicals and gas supplier A-Gas highlights its concern regarding disposable cylinders being used as packaging to import hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and in some cases, flammable hydrocarbons (HCs), into South Africa. 

Concern regarding standard disposable cylinders
CYLINDER LEGALITIES Chris Phillips explains that there are currently no legalities around the banning of disposable cylinders, however A-Gas continues to lobby the DEA on this topic

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Expo and conference  to focus on major  industry trends
SOURCING SOLUTIONS The African Utility week conference and expo will gather over 7000 decision-makers from more than 40 countries

Plan to phase out ozone depleting substance

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 Owing to chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) containing substances that are harmful to the ozone layer, South Africa is set to adopt its HCFC phase-out plan in a Government Gazette dated May 8, 2014, says the Southern African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning... 

Plan to phase out ozone  depleting substance
GAS IN REFRIGERANTS Hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) have been used as replacements in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment

PPC says R1.7bn kiln revamp to improve enviro compliance, market position

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed cement producer PPC last month invited media to a tour of its Slurry operation, in the North West, and the construction site of the R1.7-billion Slurry Kiln (SK) 9 project, which is scheduled for first clinker production at the beginning of next year. The brownfield project, which... 

PPC says R1.7bn kiln revamp to improve enviro compliance,  market position
PPC SLURRY Production at PPC’s Slurry cement manufacturing operation in the North West is set to increase to 1.9-million tons a year following the completion of the SK 9 kiln

Resources demand exceeds global expectations

     3rd February 2017 African growth is currently exceeding global expectations, and with this comes an increase in demand for products, fuels and resources, says Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association (SACGA). 

Technology and environmental issues favouring LNG

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 With preferred bidders for the gas-to-power projects scheduled to be announced by government at the end of next month, the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) believes that there is a sense of urgency and willingness to adapt to using liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

Tyre testing facility seen as key to boosting manufacturing in SA

By: Dylan Slater     3rd February 2017 A testing facility is urgently required in South Africa to ensure locally made tyres meet the criteria for South African and African conditions, as there is currently no such facility on the continent.  

Tyre testing facility seen as key to boosting manufacturing in SA
NOBUZWE MANGCU A South African tyre testing facility will allow for the local testing of tyres to be done in accordance with local road conditions and applications

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2017 An international scenario planner has teamed up with conservation organisation WWF to chart scenarios for South Africa’s water future in light of the country’s precarious position as a water-stressed country, as well as the recent drought, which caused serious social and economic damage. The... 

Water scenario plan seen as way of stimulating innovative responses to crisis
Boston Consulting Group’s Alan Iny

Improved technology boosts airport operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 To provide more accurate information for airports across the country, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has upgraded existing technology and implemented new weather-observing technology at all airports to detect harsh weather earlier. 

Solar LED light available in Southern Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 To reach its goal of enlarging its footprint in Southern Africa, solar street light  manufacturing and distribution company Solar Eco Systems Africa has made promotional magnets manufacturer Magnet Energy an exclusive distributor of its range of self-sustaining solar light-emitting diode (LED)... 

Solar LED light available in Southern Africa
SOLAR LED STREET LIGHTING Solar Eco Systems Africa’s range of self-sustaining solar LED street lighting combine enhanced aesthetics and the latest PV and LED technology

Ground-breaking waste-to-energy plant opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     24th January 2017 The first large-scale waste-to-energy plant in Africa will be opened in Athlone in Cape Town, on Wednesday, with the aim of converting municipal solid waste into energy. The state-of-the-art R400-million biogas plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and few hundred indirect jobs. The plant... 

Ground-breaking waste-to-energy plant opens in Cape Town

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Innovation, outward-looking  approach will bolster industry growth
OFF LINE Over the past five to ten years, the local plastics industry has stagnated, hovering between producing 1.3-million tons and 1.4-million tons of virgin material a year

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Dubai-based airline Emirates is introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles for use in economy class on all its long-haul flights. The blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology, with each blanket made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights

Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund (WWF) South Africa on Thursday warned that the West Coast rock lobster, commonly known as kreef, could disappear from menus altogether within the next five years unless radical action is taken to save the fishery. For this reason, the organisation... 

Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF

Farm workers earn through carbon credit programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate, in Stellenbosch, have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared half the R204 000 paid out from carbon credits – derived from practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm. An average of R4 000... 

Farm workers earn through carbon credit programme

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The importance of energy efficiency as part of policy is increasing in many countries, subsequently making it important to develop and maintain well founded indicators to better inform policymaking. 

Importance of energy efficiency highlighted at DoE conference
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ENERGY CONFERENCE The conference was hosted by the Department of Energy, in partnership with the National Business Initiative and Business Unity South Africa

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 Water solutions provider Maskam Water launched the Clarus Fusion sewage treatment system, which substitutes treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use, in October. The decentralised wastewater treatment system, launched at the company’s premises in Brackenfell... 

Innovative wastewater treatment system launched in W Cape
CLARUS FUSION The Clarus system requires sludge removal only once every four to six years, and only one hour of routine maintenance every six months

Phase 2 of South Africa’s largest mixed-use parkland to commence

     9th December 2016 Construction company Renico Earthworks & Civils will commence the R280-million contract for the construction of internal services in Phase 2 of the Steyn City Parkland Residence project, in Johannesburg, before the end of this year. 

Phase 2 of South Africa’s  largest mixed-use parkland to commence
MIXED LAND USE Steyn City will include a lifestyle resort, a city centre, a commercial park, retail outlets, a retirement village, a medical centre and private residences on its 810 ha of land

Programmes heighten awareness and participation

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 The National Business Initiative’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency programme has, among others, not only reinforced the business case for energy efficiency but also raised the bar in terms of industry’s awareness and participation, says resource efficiency and management company Environmental... 

Programmes heighten awareness and participation
DAVID MERCER ERM has identified energy savings ranging from 15% to 20% through programmes it has run in conjunction with companies in different sectors

SA foundation’s helicopter to help Gabon combat forest elephant poaching

By: Dylan Slater     9th December 2016 As part of its ongoing contribution to combat wildlife poaching, Johannesburg-based societal upliftment organisation the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, donated a Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopter as part of a package to assist Gabon in fighting a poaching epidemic destroying the country’s forest... 

SA foundation’s helicopter to help Gabon combat  forest elephant poaching
EYE IN THE SKY The newly donated Gazelle helicopter is a highly valuable asset for the National Parks Agency of Gabon, Parcs Gabon, to combat forest elephant poaching

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’ 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2016 A call has been made for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case to be re-run in order to generate a “least-cost” outcome that is free from the “artificial constraints” imposed on renewable energy in the current draft. The base case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) on November... 

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’

Southern Africa faces worst drought in decades

By: African News Agency      8th December 2016 Nearly 14-million people in southern Africa are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance as the region faces the worst El Nino induced drought in decades. United Nations (UN humanitarian agencies and partners launched a revised action plan to outlining their response to the needs of an... 

Southern Africa faces worst drought in decades
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