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Partnership for Action on the Green Economy conference starts this week in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will host, on January 10 and 11, the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (Page) Ministerial conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. She said in a statement issued on Tuesday that hosting the Page conference would... 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary, Alf Stevens, suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local... 

Delays in biofuel framework hinder industry
Photo by Bloomberg
SLOW PROGRESS Even if the Biofuels Regulatory Framework is attractive, the first ethanol for biofuel would only reach the petrol blenders by the end of 2021 at the earliest

China’s BRI translating its influence into trade, development and cultural engagements with global South

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is an infrastructure development and integration initiative championed and mainly funded by China, has emerged as a conduit for translating China's growing influence into trade, development and cultural engagements and partnership with the global South.... 

DEA to appoint sulphur dioxide emissions expert panel   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane will appoint a panel of experts to provide strategic and technical guidance on the effective management of sulphur dioxide from old and existing power generation plants. The decision to appoint a panel comes as a result of the challenges faced by... 

DEA to appoint sulphur dioxide emissions expert panel
Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants - the race for the riches of the world's final frontier is on. From Thailand to Alaska, the battle to tap ever-dwindling resources from minerals to fish is spurring new conflicts over who has the right to the treasures of the deep seas. 

Court sets aside decision permitting mining in protected area

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 The North Gauteng High Court earlier this month set aside a 2016 decision of former Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa that permitted a new coal mine to be developed in the Mabola protected environment, in Mpumalanga. Under the... 

Court sets aside decision permitting mining  in protected area
CHRISTINE REDDELL The Centre for Environmental Rights has been continuously campaigning for administrative penalties to be introduced as part of South African environmental law

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2018 The gazetting of the overhauled National Environment Management Act (Nema) will ensure more mines are held accountable and meet their obligations in terms of financial provisioning for environmental rehabilitation, says law firm Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn... 

Nema to ensure mines are held accountable, adhere to legal duties – law firm
Webber Wentzel environment and natural resources partner Garyn Rapson

Carbon Tax Bill provides for tax-free allowances of up to 95%, but concern over impact persists 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2018 South Africa’s National Treasury has included several transitional tax-free allowances in the Carbon Tax Bill tabled in Parliament this week. The allowances will result in an effective carbon tax rate of between R6/t and R48/t for carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emissions released by industrial... 

Carbon Tax Bill provides for tax-free allowances of up to 95%, but concern over impact persists

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2018 Amid rising global energy demand, University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos urges developing countries to embrace greener energy principles. To do this without jeopardising economic growth, he suggests that developing countries, where coal is the most viable... 

Countries urged to embrace greener energy sources
Photo by Dylan Slater
University of the Witwatersrand visiting adjunct professor Adam Luckos

Vaal River pollution: 'There have been challenges to compliance', Sasol says

By: News24Wire      21st November 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol has denied that it is responsible for pollution in the Vaal river. However, it has admitted struggling to interpret some compliance requirements with regard to regulations on the discharge of waste. According to a report by the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Lack of funding worsens skills shortage

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     16th November 2018 A lack of government funding is exacerbating the shortage of skilled coating technologists and accredited paint applicators, says paint industry representative South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence. The Chemical Industries Education and Training... 

Lack of funding worsens skills shortage
LEAD FREE Sapma is advocating for the removal of lead from all paint

SA lags, but has much to gain from boosting energy efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2018 The energy intensity of South Africa’s economy – defined as energy consumption as a function of gross domestic product – is about twice the international average and electrical energy consumption is about 40% higher than the international average, says the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSAf).... 

SA lags, but has much to gain from boosting energy efficiency

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy-saving initiative

26th October 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) last month pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy-saving initiative
HELEN CLARKSON Lowering energy use in sectors such as auto manufacturing, cement and chemicals production is an ambitious task

Industries must address legacy contamination – firm

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Despite a significant improvement in the parameters outlined by current environmental policy – often diligently upheld by the local chemicals and petrochemicals industries – multidisciplinary engineering consultant SRK Consulting states that historic practices caused by lack of knowledge have... 

Industries must address  legacy contamination – firm
CONTAMINATED SITE Significant harm has arisen from a legacy of poor waste management, particularly within the chemicals industry

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue
Shongweni landfill, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

By: Dylan Slater     5th October 2018 Plastics have become the “ubiquitous workhorse material” of the modern economy, combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost, and its use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century, according to circular economy advocacy charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

Mars’ sustainable generation plan achieves key milestones globally, locally

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of global family-owned food company Mars, has recorded progress with its global Sustainable in a Generation plan, which was launched globally last year. The plan is designed to make tangible, scientifically-based changes to the way Mars does business globally. 

IPCC opens meeting to consider 1.5 °C report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting on Monday to consider its special report on global warming of 1.5 °C. Representatives of the IPCC’s 195 member governments will work with scientists from the IPCC from October 1 to 5 to finalise the Summary for Policymakers of... 

Behavioural change a hurdle across industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 A change of attitude towards waste management and recycling is needed to effect a real and positive cultural shift in the sector, but cooperation and willingness to change behaviours is a significant obstacle, says waste management company Interwaste business development and marketing director... 

Behavioural change  a hurdle across industries
RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE Waste management companies play an important role in providing alternative channels of waste disposal to assist in encouraging citizens to adopt a recycling culture

Petco submits industry waste management plan

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco submitted its Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) for the PET packaging sector as part of industry body Packaging SA’s Federation of Plans for the packaging industry, says Petco stakeholder relations manager Janine Basson. Packaging SA... 

Petco submits industry waste management plan
JANINE BASSON Petco is well placed to continue delivering results in this next stage of South Africa’s environmental legislation

African enviro Ministers commit to increasing conservation efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 In a Ministerial declaration issued on Thursday at the closing of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, African governments agreed to enhance innovative solutions and build human capital to achieve sustainable development in Africa around the environment. “The environment is... 

Alternative solution for wooden pallets and packaging

14th September 2018 While wooden pallets and wooden crates are typically used as a packaging solution when transporting goods, they may not meet international regulations when those goods cross country borders. Supply chain managers are faced with two options: make sure their wooden packaging complies with all... 

Alternative solution  for wooden pallets  and packaging
JAN VREKEN Making wooden crates and pallets compliant can be costly in the long run

Plastics SA launches clean-up day, drive to reduce ocean waste

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 Industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) has partnered with Estonian clean-up civic movement Let’s Do It! Africa for the World Cleanup Day on September 15. Plastics SA will provide resources and coordinate the activities as part of the Cleanup and Recycle SA week from September 10 to 15. Last... 

Carbon emissions reduced at hospitals

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 Gas suppliers CNG Holdings through its wholly owned subsidiary Virtual Gas Network (VGN) will start the installation of two natural gas boiler systems – the final phase of the Gauteng Province Department of Infrastructure Development (GPDID) Greening Initiative – at provincial hospitals on the... 

Carbon emissions reduced at hospitals
UP IN THE AIR An aerial view of the revolutionary Langlaagte CNG filling station

Govt to invest R1.7bn to drive biodiversity economy, environmental protection

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Government will invest R1.7-billion into the People and Parks Programme project, bioprospecting and the wildlife economy, through the Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme, over a period of three years. The investment forms part of the Operation Phakisa Biodiversity Economy... 

Govt to invest R1.7bn to drive biodiversity economy, environmental protection
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Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa

Organiser extends show to cater to demand

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 This year’s biennial Food & Drink Technology Africa (fdt Africa) trade fair will take place over three days, enabling visitors to meet more industry players and decision-makers. Scheduled to take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from September 4 to 6, event organisers Messe... 

South Africa hosts first National Talanoa Dialogue to discuss climate change mitigation measures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2018 Climate change is a key challenge and poses the single biggest threat to development, with its widespread and unprecedented impacts that disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday at the opening of the South African... 

South Africa hosts first National Talanoa Dialogue to discuss climate change mitigation measures
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Government considering ban on microbeads after Gauteng drinking water is found to be contaminated

By: News24Wire      10th August 2018 The government has set up a task team to look at imposing a total ban on microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting. This comes after a Water Research Commission study found microplastic pollution in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane, as well as in all... 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

Sanedi calls on industry to move back Earth Overshoot Day

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 As part of its mission to address the issues of clean and sustainable energy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) will be participating in this year’s global Earth Overshoot Day, taking place on August 1, by urging South Africans to check their ecological footprint... 

Sanedi calls on industry to move back Earth Overshoot Day

Business leaders visit Kruger Park to learn about anti-poaching measures

By: African News Agency      6th July 2018 Chief executive officers (CEOs) from various companies visited the Kruger National Park on Friday to learn about what SanParks is doing to help curb rhino poaching, with the hopes of receiving funding from the private sector. Peace Parks Foundation CEO Werner Myburgh said the park was the biggest... 

 Business leaders visit Kruger Park to learn about anti-poaching measures

Dust suppression systems essential for community safety

6th July 2018 Environmental compliance is extremely important in the mining industry owing to the fact that dust suppression affects not only the health and safety of mineworkers, but that of surrounding communities as well. Another factor is that mines often use water as a solution to suppress dust. This is... 

Dust suppression  systems essential for  community safety
REDUCE YOUR USE Dust-suppression systems aid in the reduction of costly water use for mining operations

Energy efficiency a priority in air conditioning

6th July 2018 Multinational electronics conglomerate Samsung has designed an energy efficient air conditioning system with the aim of helping to alleviate the pressure placed on South Africa’s strained natural resources. Since the recording of global temperatures began in 1951, the 17 warmest years were within... 

Energy efficiency a priority in air conditioning
GLOBAL TEMPERATURES INCREASE Samsung reports that the 17 warmest years in recorded history were within the past 18 years

Environment-friendly design for art gallery

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The Norval Foundation art gallery, established by the Norval family and which opened in Steenberg, in Cape Town, in April, hosts works by a range of South African artists and has architectural and civil engineering features aimed at promoting environment-friendliness and sustainability, the... 

Environment-friendly design for art gallery
Photo by Dave Southwood
NORVAL FOUNDATION ART GALLERY The gallery has rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, a building management system, water-saving measures, a grey-water purification system and stormwater return to the wetland

Pick n Pay trials compostable carrier bags in Cape Town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 Pick n Pay has become the first South African retailer to trial compostable bags as an environment-friendly alternative to plastic bags.  

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