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Canada challenges innovators to modernise 100-year-old mining processes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has challenged innovators to develop new technology solutions to lower energy consumption for crushing mined rock - a process that currently accounts for up to 3% of the world’s electricity usage. Launching the $10-million Crush It! Challenge,... 

Goldcorp’s all-electric Borden gets $5m govt boost

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 The Canadian government has announced a $5-million investment to support TSX- and NYSE-listed Goldcorp Borden project, which will be the first underground mine in the country to replace all diesel mobile equipment with battery electric vehicles. The new all-electric Borden, in Chapleau, Ontario,... 

“Solar energy lighting the way for small businesses”

24th October 2018 Large shopping centres in urban hubs have been early adopters of the solar farming trend. With ample roof space and large daily energy usage, they are a perfect case study for the cost-saving benefits of solar power. However, the economic spinoffs of renewable energy are truly palpable in rural... 

AECOM adopts innovation and resilient design to ensure sustainability

15th October 2018 Sustainability is the preservation of natural, social, and economic resources by means of innovative construction methods and conscious decisions throughout the lifecycle of designing, constructing, and operating a project. This is according to AECOM Sustainability Practice Area Lead Candice... 

Parliament's Environmental Affairs committee pays tribute to late Minister Edna Molewa

By: African News Agency      24th September 2018 Parliament's environmental affairs portfolio committee has joined others in paying tribute to environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa, who died at the age of 61 in a Pretoria hospital on Saturday after a short illness.  "The committee is saddened by the passing of the minister, as she has... 

Trump proposes unwinding Obama's coal-plant pollution curbs

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2018 President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s "Affordable... 

What is driving a rally in EU carbon permit prices?

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 The Benchmark European carbon price hit a 10-year high on Wednesday, marking a near 130% rise this year, with prices set to continue climbing over the next few years. The European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) charges power plants and factories for every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2)... 

Canada to soften carbon tax as firms fret about US competition

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Canada will soften the impact of a planned carbon tax on major emitters of greenhouse gases after businesses complained it would make them less competitive with the United States, officials said on Wednesday. The move underlines the challenges facing Canada as it tries to deal with Washington... 

First African company announces science-based greenhouse gas target

By: African News Agency      19th July 2018 Emira Property Fund has become the first African and South African company to have a greenhouse gas emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World... 

When the going gets tough, the tough get railing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd July 2018 Earlier this year, it was widely reported that Zambia had passed a statutory ruling which instructed firms (affecting mostly Mining), to transport at least 30% of their heavy and bulk freight volumes by rail. To place this into perspective, it is estimated that only 5% of the total freight moved... 

Yet Another Good Reason To Eat South African Hake

18th June 2018 South African hake comes from a sustainable and well-managed fishery. Now an international study has revealed another good reason for choosing hake over beef and many other forms of animal protein: hake has a low environmental impact. According to the study − published this week in the journal... 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under... 

Big investors urge G7 to step up climate action, shift from coal

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Institutional investors with $26-trillion in assets under management called on Group of Seven leaders on Monday to phase out the use of coal in power generation to help limit climate change, despite strong opposition from Washington. Government plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions were too weak... 

Barrick, Goldcorp to convert Pueblo Viejo power plant to natural gas

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2018 Barrick Gold and Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC), in the Dominican Republic, will convert the Quisqueya I power generation facility from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to natural gas, with the expectation of saving about $54/oz of gold produced over the remaining life of the... 

Navigating challenges in a rapidly changing energy and resources market

3rd May 2018 Recovering commodity prices, renewed optimism in the mining sector, and diversified ownership of Tier 1 mining companies are opening up opportunities for emerging and junior miners to enter the industry. CEO of WorleyParsons RSA, Denver Dreyer, explains how the professional services company can... 

Cleaner, Greener The Afrisam Way

3rd May 2018 AfriSam has long led the charge in the cement sector for a cleaner environment, and continues to develop and conduct a range of initiatives to maintain the momentum toward a greener planet. This has a special significance as South Africa is among the world’s largest and fastest growing carbon... 

Industry urges quick gas ramp up as Northern Territory gives fracking green light

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th April 2018 The Northern Territory government will lift a near two-year moratorium on fracking, accepting all 135 recommendations made by a recent independent inquiry. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said on Tuesday that the implementation of the recommendations in the inquiry report would begin, noting that... 

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his... 

Ingeteam reaches the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants

28th March 2018 To cap this achievement, in this same sector, the company also boasts a total of 12 GW in O&M contracts and 3 GW in plant automation. The energy generated in one year by those converters would be equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households Ingeteam. 

AMCU demands summit to discuss renewable energy jobs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has called for an urgent summit with labour, State-owned Eskom and government to discuss renewable energy and jobs. The trade union said in a statement on Friday that the Departments of Trade and Industry and Economic Development had to... 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2018 Diversified mining company Anglo American has outlined an innovative approach to three major areas of sustainability - the environment, community development, and driving greater trust and transparency across the mining industry. 

Anglo says cleaning up mining will earn it billions in profit

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2018 Mining is a dirty business, but Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani says it doesn’t have to be. The miner of everything from copper to diamonds to iron ore is overhauling its sustainability targets, and predicts it can earn an extra $9-billion through 2030 by improving the way it mines and boosting... 

Mogalakwena gushes cash as Amplats modernises, studies growth, advances fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     19th February 2018 The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum... 

South African mining industry makes compelling case for protection of coal

By: African News Agency      7th February 2018 The South African mining industry on Wednesday tabled a case for coal mining in the country, arguing that coal will continue to play an important role in the economy for the foreseeable future despite its declining profile and negative impact on the environment. At the Mining Indaba on Wednesday,... 

Australia’s coal exports set new record in 2017

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2018 Australia’s coal exports value reached a new record of $56.5-billion in 2017, Minerals Council of Australia coal executive director Greg Evans said on Wednesday. The new coal export value record, at 35% higher than in 2016 and $10-billion higher than the previous record of $46.7-billion in 2011,... 

Coal opponents prepare for yet another court battle over Thabametsi power project 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2018 Civil society organisations opposing the development of new coal-fired power generation capacity in South Africa say they will again approach the courts to challenge the latest environmental authorisation granted for the 557 MW Thabametsi coal-fired power station project, proposed for development... 

The growing importance of Gas in the Africa Mix, latest market trends

1st February 2018 The 3rd Africa Gas Forum will be taking place on Monday, 19th February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, and is affiliated to African Energy Indaba (AEI) as an official side event. With African economic growth in 2018 making a recovery after a difficult year,... 

A new era of batteries spells trouble for gas in America

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas. The California Public Utilities Commission approved an... 

Macron: World is losing battle against climate change

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a stark warning on climate change at a meeting in Paris, urging political and business leaders to launch an urgent new phase in the fight against global warming. "We are losing the battle," Macron said at Tuesday's " One Planet " summit.  "We must all... 

WA EPA recommends BHP’s Southern Flank for approval

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has recommended diversified major BHP’s proposal to expand its Mining Area C iron-ore operations for environmental approval. The Southern Flank operation, about 100 km from Newman, will expand the existing Mining Area C hub and is BHP’s... 

A$4.8m for projects to boost innovation in resources sector

30th November 2017 Eight projects that will boost cross-industry innovation, collaboration and sustainability in the resources sector will receive A$4.8-million in funding through the Australian government’s industry growth centres initiative, acting Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Michaelia Cash... 

Financing secured for solar projects in Egypt

By: Nadine James     17th November 2017 European photovoltaic (PV) specialist Scatec Solar announced that it had secured financing of $335-million to fund its portion of the development of six 400 MW utility scale PV power plants which will be located in the Benban solar park in the City of Aswan in Egypt. The company secured funding... 

Water solutions company active at World Water Week

6th October 2017 International water pump technology company Xylem Water Solutions attended and participated in the annual World Water Week event, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden from August 27 to September 1, where the company coconvened several forums and workshops to showcase its dedication in developing... 

Opinion: Minister Kubayi’s Renewable Energy Plan: Does it signify progress or regression?

29th September 2017 In this opinion piece, Sener regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa expresses the hope that both the current moratorium on new renewable-energy projects and the proposed 77c/kWh tariff cap will be reconsidered during industry consultations.  

First-generation biofuels just as sustainable as second – report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2017 A new study on bioethanol has revealed that first-generation biofuels are “just as sustainable” as second-generation biofuels and that both show significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and promote climate change mitigation. Conducting a quantitative and qualitative sustainability... 

Xylem joins water industry leaders and policy influencers at World Water Week 2017 to advance water and wastewater management practices

24th August 2017 Company will co-convene two workshops and continue its long-standing sponsorship of the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Junior Water Prize   At World Water Week 2017 in Stockholm, Xylem, a leading global water technology company, will lead and participate in forums focused on accelerating the... 

The legal requirement to think about global warming

22nd August 2017 During March 2017 the High Court of South Africa in Pretoria, handed down a decision that has been hailed in some quarters as a victory in the fight against dirty energy and global warming. The court's decision in isolation isn’t a decisive victory for the proponents of clean energy, but it does... 

Champion receives Quebec govt grant for two Bloom Lake ‘green energy’ conversions

By: Henry Lazenby     6th June 2017 The Quebec government's Green Fund has granted Quebec Iron Ore (QIO), a subsidiary of Champion Iron, C$5.2-million in financial assistance for two energy conversion projects at the flagship Bloom Lake iron-ore mine, near Fermont. The first project involves the replacement of a steam boiler using... 

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