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Environmental Protection

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

General public taking heed of environmental law

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 The general public is becoming more familiar with the tools that are available under the Constitution and environmental law to protect what is perceived as the unacceptable environmental or social impacts of businesses, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright environment lawyer Matthew Thornton-Dibb. 

General public taking heed of environmental law
MATURED LEGISLATION South Africa’s environment regulatory system has matured since the publication of the National Environmental Management Act

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Electronic Waste (eWaste), if not properly processed, will eventually leach hazardous material – mainly heavy metals – into the water table, states computer support and services provider Xperien CEO Wale Arewa. 

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem
WALE AREWA The global estimate of eWaste is about 50-million tons

Municipalities to reduce emissions by diverting waste

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Consulting engineering company JG Afrika and international specialist waste consultancy RWA have developed a strategy to help South African municipalities reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by diverting biodegradable waste from their landfills. 

Municipalities to  reduce emissions  by diverting waste
WASTE-DIVERSION STRATEGY The strategy entails waste disposal and the beneficial use for business development

Buhle Waste

     1st December 2017 Waste management company Buhle Waste is a second-generation, family-run business that is 100% black owned and managed. “We strive to achieve excellence in all of our business activities in the communities in which we operate. As such, we aim to uphold the concept of ubuntu, knowing that it takes... 

Buhle Waste

Green cleaning products can pack a punch

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Midrand-based cleaning solutions provider Blendwell Chemicals has completed the development of the company’s Enviro Waterless Car Wash, and is aiming to officially launch the product early next year. 

Green cleaning products can pack a punch
JUDY SUNASKY Companies are constantly developing products, but consumers are still hesitant to use green cleaning products

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 With there being an increase in land-contamination assessments among large companies owing to recently promulgated environmental legislation, sustainability services and consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) partner Steve McKeown says this will hold companies accountable for the... 

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments
STEVE MCKEOWN Companies that have a global footprint are more committed to assessing their impact on the environment

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made of virgin polypropylene (PP) material. Fibertex South Africa CEO Clive Hitchcock comments that virgin... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes
CLIVE HITCHCOCK Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors

Exclusive rights for wastewater treatment acquired

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Angolan oil and gas services company Friburge has acquired the exclusive rights to provide waste treatment solutions using wastewater treatment company Nature Oil and Gas’s technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The waste treatment solutions are on-board solutions to treat wastewater, or slops,... 

Exclusive rights  for wastewater treatment acquired
WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS Friburge provides waste treatment solutions that are on board and can be flushed regularly with water or chemical to clean them of debris and built-up residue

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat can respond to the demand for water management across sectors. SewTreat spokesman Theunis... 

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified
WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES SewTreat offers a specialised, modular biological wastewater treatment plant tailor-made for the African market

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Although noise pollution has been described as the next ‘green’ barrier to overcome, flooring solutions provider KBAC Flooring says noise pollution is often overlooked in corporate environmental policies. For instance, KBAC Flooring sales director Brandon Park points out that selecting the... 

Noise pollution overlooked in company environmental policies
BRANDON PARKS Property developers, designers and architects have a crucial role to play in providing inspirational working environments for employees

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Company supports plastic waste management
Plastics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn and DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman discuss the importance of environmental and waste management, as well as the plastics industry’s contribution to environmental protection. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 Waste management solutions provider Interwaste – a member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa – is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy. Interwaste group sales director Jason McNeil tells Engineering News that there is an ongoing... 

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source
Photo by Bloomberg
MUNICIPAL WASTE CONVERTED Waste management solutions provider Interwaste is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy

Company highlights air quality management regulations and changes

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 To ensure that it delivers its services with a focus on quality, experience and competency in an ever-changing professional and regulatory environment, environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ environmental management division attended an environmental law update workshop,... 

Company highlights air quality management  regulations and changes
RACHELLE STOFBERG I-Cat is committed to assisting clients with their air emissions reporting

City of Johannesburg recognises green entrepreneurs

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 The winners of the R5-million Green City Startup Challenge was announced during an awards ceremony last month by Economic Development MMC Counsellor Ruby Mathang. In partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the UJ-owned  training, research and development ecosystem, Resolution... 

City of Johannesburg recognises green entrepreneurs
GREEN CITY START UP WINNERS Geza Jozi representative Gabriel Ally, WHC CEO Paseka Lesolang, Baoberry representative Yolandi Schoeman and PowerOptimal CEO Sean Moolman

Solution being trialled to fight dwindling bee population

     30th October 2015 International digital security company Gemalto notes that the global bee population is declining significantly and is under new pressure from disease. With this in mind, the company highlights an innovative technology-based solution called Mite Not, which could provide a new source of hope for... 

Solution being trialled to fight dwindling  bee population
Photo by Bloomberg
PLUMMETING POPULATION The global bee population is declining significantly and is under new pressure from disease

New report outlines a path to reduce ocean plastic by 2025

     30th October 2015 Nonprofit environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy last month announced the global launch of a new report titled ‘Stemming the Tide: Land-Based Strategies for a Plastic-Free Ocean’. This solutions-oriented report, compiled in partnership with global management consulting firm McKinsey... 

New report outlines a path to reduce ocean plastic by 2025
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING CONCERN Eight-million tons of plastic products leak into the world’s oceans every year – and these amounts continue to grow

Enviro solutions company combats hazardous waste

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 Recycling, waste and pest management company GreenSolution in September partnered with a sludge removal company to coordinate on-site sludge removal and filtration processes as part of its aim to mitigate the challenges of inefficient waste management, while trying to comply with waste disposal... 

Enviro solutions company combats hazardous waste
COMBATING HAZARDOUS WASTE GreenSolution’s on-site waste management programme ensures that waste is disposed of responsibly and in a manner that can be recorded and traced

Sustainable solutions provided for hydroelectricity components

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 With a focus on using renewable-energy sources to produce green energy as a reliable source of electricity, power generation products provider Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines. The company has the capacity to deliver... 

Sustainable solutions provided for hydroelectricity components
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION PROVIDED Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines

SA government welcomes EcoMobility World Festival 2015

     30th October 2015 Addressing the province on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on October 4 welcomed the launch of Johannesburg Streets Alive: the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in Sandton City, Johannesburg The festival took place during Transport Month, which promotes... 

SA government  welcomes EcoMobility World Festival 2015
ECOMOBILITY IN JOBURG The EcoMobility Festival promotes the use of public transport and encourages citizens to imagine and embrace alternative means of moving goods and people

Nema, EIA regulation amendments could stall project development

By: David Oliveira     6th March 2015 Project development could be negatively affected by the amendments made to the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, which came into effect in September and December 2014 respectively, says business law and litigation firm Fasken... 

Gains made in fight against rhino poaching

     6th March 2015 South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) secured a conviction rate of 61% in criminal cases related to rhino poaching during the 2013/14 financial year, said Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Speaking at a media briefing in January on the measures being taken to combat rhino... 

EIA regulation amendments foster interdepartmental collaboration

By: David Oliveira     6th March 2015 The amendments made to the National Environmental Management Act (Nema) concerning Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, which came into effect in December, is a positive step towards interdepartmental collaboration, says law firm ENSafrica environmental director Robyn Stein. She... 

Waste tyre project possibly replicable for other waste streams

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2014 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) reports that the concept of its effective waste tyre project could be implemented in other waste streams, Redisa director Stacey Davidson tells Engineering News. “Redisa’s waste tyre project has made a significant impact,... 

Waste tyre project possibly replicable for other waste streams
Photo by Bloomberg
INITIATIVE SUCCESS The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa had processed about 35 489 t of waste tyres as at the end of September

New oil-water separator launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 Environmental management products and services provider Procon Environmental Technologies launched a new locally developed oil water separator at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last month. Procon MD Kuno Kerlen tells Engineering News that the ProSpin hydrocyclone treatment system separates... 

New oil-water  separator launched
NEW DESIGN The ProSpin technology includes a multiport entry in the hydrocyclone that allows for greater separation of oil and water

Going green hampered by cost implications

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 The South African market tends to be indifferent towards the green industry trend, with the current market seemingly not valuing buildings that practise green management or that have been designed with green principles, says integrated facilities management solutions provider Servest. “As the... 

Going green hampered by cost implications
GREEN INDIFFERENCE Companies are focusing more on short-term investments and returns to reduce upfront investment costs, which negates the “green impact”

Industry body offers environmental impact assessments

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 To raise awareness of the requirements of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations, as well as offer support to companies that are required to implement them, industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) conducts these assessments for... 

Industry body offers environmental impact assessments
Photo by Bloomberg
INCREASING AWARENESS The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa started offering environmental impact assessments to industry in July

Water-management technology results in reduced water use

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 Water, energy and air solutions specialist Nalco Africa reports significant reductions in fresh-water demand and wastewater discharge for several customers that implemented the 3D TRASAR Technology for Cooling Water in their efforts to support environmental protection. “While manufacturing... 

Water-management technology results in reduced water use
REDUCTION ACHIEVEMENT A fertiliser plant implemented the 3D TRASAR technology for Cooling Water and saved 22 750 m3 of potable water each year

Industry increasing mass-balance approach – consulting firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 The local engineering industry is increasingly undertaking a mass-balance approach for its production and environmental impacts, where it analyses resources at source or input level, calculates the outputs and weighs the difference against the impact reduction costs, states consulting engineering... 

Industry increasing mass-balance approach – consulting firm
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW IMPERATIVE The environmental legislations and practices are to assist and enhance the opportunities of development in the economy

Waste materials recovery facility to increase production

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 The waste-separation and recycling management facility in Skukuza, in the southern region of the Kruger National Park, in Mpumalanga, is ramping up production, packaging group Nampak group investor relations manager Zanele Salman tells Engineering News. The facility was established to make the... 

Waste materials recovery facility to increase  production
PRODUCTION RAMP UP Nampak anticipates the waste volumes for the facility to increase with the change in seasons and influx of visitors to the Kruger National Park

Trigeneration attractive option for alternative energy in greening industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st October 2014 Trigeneration technology as a green technology is receiving more interest locally, resulting in its increased implementation. Trigeneration technology has the same components as a cogeneration plant – a gas engine, electricity generator and a heat exchanger – but also includes an absorption... 

Trigeneration attractive option for alternative energy in greening industry
Photo by Bloomberg
GENERATION CAPACITY Trigeneration can be up to 40% more energy efficient, and helps to reducing operating costs, fuel expenses and environmental pollutants

79% of SA’s yearly packaging glass consumption diverted from landfill

By: Carina Borralho     1st November 2013 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 consumption in South Africa being... 

79% of SA’s yearly packaging glass consumption diverted from landfill
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

African water project progressing well

By: Carina Borralho     1st November 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 also diversified their income... 

Conservationists’ achievements recognised

By: Carina Borralho     1st November 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 centre in Bryanston, north of... 

Cheap food era over

By: Carina Borralho     1st November 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 M’Mbijjewe tells Engineering News.... 

Nalco contributing towards global sustainability 

By: Yolandi Booyens     7th December 2012 NYSE-listed Ecolab, of which water treatment and process improvement company Nalco is a subsidiary, has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and Forbes Magazine's list of The World's Most Innovative Companies for the second consecutive year. Ecolab ranks thirty-first out of 100... 

Division expands dust control offering

By: Yolandi Booyens     7th December 2012 Water, energy and air solutions specialist Nalco Africa, the joint venture between Nalco, an Ecolab Company (NYSE-listed) and Protea Chemicals, a division of the JSE-listed Omnia group, started intensifying its offering of dust control solutions to the Southern African market this year and... 

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