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New era of disruption

By: Saliem Fakir     20th October 2017 Perhaps the recent multiple attacks of extreme weather – hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria – do not only tell us that fierce weather is the new normal, but changes in weather, together with other global shifts and crises, are forcing us to acknowledge that we are moving into an era of greater... 

Solar PV beats other forms of power in 2016

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2017 Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead. The institution established after the first major oil crisis in 1973 said 165 gigawatts... 

Solar power projects, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company hopes to increase Egypt’s power generation capacity through the construction of 11 greenfield solar power plants. 

Relationship between agriculture, climate change should be prioritised

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 A firm decision needs to be made on how to mitigate against the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, which is facing increased environmental impacts, University of South Africa (Unisa) Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate research assistant Bongani Chavalala said on Wednesday.... 

Pollution prevention plans worthy of prompt attention

     13th October 2017 The South African government is developing the climate change regulatory environment in line with the Paris Agreement. Regulations and guidelines published recently in terms of the Air Quality Act require companies to now draft pollution prevention plans how they will mitigate emission of gases... 

WWF, AfDB partner on Africa Nationally Determined Contributions Hub

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th October 2017 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have collaborated to advance the work of the Africa Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) Hub in addressing the impacts of climate change on the continent. The AfDB Climate Change and Green... 

Bunch of old bananas or building materials of the future?

By: Reuters     12th October 2017 Potatoes reborn as insulation, peanuts processed into partition boards and mushroom bricks that grow in five days - just some of the ways the building trade could change its wasteful ways and construct virtuous new cities. In a report released on Wednesday, international engineering firm Arup set... 

Northam backs Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s awareness campaign

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2017 Platinum miner Northam is supporting a campaign by US-based Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) to raise awareness of clean energy technology. Globally, governments are being urged to support investment in technology to provide cleaner and more efficient sources of power in the... 

The ins and outs of the new GHG emissions regulations

     6th October 2017 By Peggy Schoeman The national greenhouse-gas emission reporting regulations came into effect on April 3 under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004. The regulations provide for a data collection mechanism in terms of which certain companies and organisations are, as... 

IEA lifts five-year renewables forecast after record 2016

By: Reuters     4th October 2017 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has raised its forecasts for renewable energy over the next five years following a record 2016, mainly driven by a surge in solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in China, India and the United States. In its medium-term renewables market report, the IEA expects... 

Canadian miners commit to new actions in combat against climate change

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd October 2017 The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has adopted 13 actions under the six policy areas proposed last year by an internal advisory body, that will help its members better fight against climate change. The MAC said on Monday that it has incorporated recommendations levelled by the association’s... 

Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

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.  

SAPVIA member appointed Global Solar Council director

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) programme manager Niveshen Govender has been elected to serve as director on the Global Solar Council (GSC) board. The GSC was established during the twenty-first Conference of Parties climate dialogue, held in Paris, France, in 2015. It... 

Merkel may have promised too much in carbon pollution fight

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2017 As German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks on coalition talks to bed down her fourth term in office, a promise made shortly before her re-election may come back to haunt her. At least that’s the view of nine analysts and researchers from Berlin to London who all say her target of reducing carbon... 

Construction firm chases oil taxes, royalties in $1bn Congo debt row

By: Reuters     27th September 2017 Construction firm Commisimpex has gone to a French court in its fight with the Congo Republic over what it says are more than $1-billion in unpaid bills, the latest step in a decades-old saga that has weighed on the nation's economy. Commisimpex, which worked on construction and public works... 

Zuma schools Trump on climate at UN

By: News24Wire      21st September 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday declared in his address at the UN that climate change was real. Speaking at the General Debate of the seventy-second Session of the UN General Assembly, Zuma expressed support for victims of hurricanes, arguing that climate change was "real". 

Climate change is a global challenge – Zuma

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 Climate change is a global challenge and developing countries should be provided with adequate support for their mitigation and adaptation actions, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. “Climate change is a global challenge that requires no one to be left behind. The whole world affirmed this in... 

Bullish outlook for Canadian crude, natural gas provides investment opportunities

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2017 Two reports issued this week point to a significantly increased global appetite for fossil fuels like oil and gas, presenting an investment opportunity for energy speculators. While renewables are forecast to be the fastest-growing energy source, fossil fuels will continue to be important and... 

Fastener Fair France 2018 arrives in Paris

     14th September 2017 Paris Expo Porte de Versailles will host Fastener Fair France from 28-29 November 2018. The exhibition is the latest in the world’s leading series of trade shows specialising in fastener and fixing technologies. Locating the exhibition in Paris will bring the very latest in fastener and fixing... 

Climate change is an ‘extreme green’ hoax

By: Kelvin Kemm     8th September 2017 I read yet another of those ‘we are all headed for doom’ newspaper articles about climate change in a national business newspaper. To make matters worse, it was written by a fellow who is the director of the environmental law division at a law firm. The article was peppered with the word ‘may',... 

Managing the socioeconomic impacts of SA’s lower-carbon economy transition

     30th August 2017 In this opinion piece, Jarredine Morris argues that it is important that the socioeconomic impacts, including the impact on employment, are assessed as South Africa transitions to a lower-carbon electricity sector   

Morocco receives funding for hybrid renewable-energy plants

By: Dylan Slater     25th August 2017 A loan to the value of $25-million has been granted to Morocco for investment in renewable-energy projects to help the country generate solar power through an innovative hybrid concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) solution.  

Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th August 2017 With metals and mining companies increasingly investing in technology that will help reduce their carbon footprints, owing to the global drive to lower carbon emissions, meaningful efforts to improve environmental standards in the extractive industries require significant upfront costs, according... 

Coal miner Murray's bonds plunge after Trump administration snub

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2017 Bonds of Murray Energy, the biggest privately owned US coal producer, fell the most in 15 months after the White House denied the company’s request to aid one of its power-plant customers, an action it said would help both companies avoid bankruptcy. The miner’s $1.1 billion of 11.25% bonds due... 

Organisation lobbies government to kick-start biogas market

By: Nadine James     18th August 2017 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) is liaising with national government departments to create an enabling environment for the biogas industry, thereby establishing a viable biogas market. Sabia chairperson Jason Gifford explains that the organisation’s working groups are in... 

South Africa supplying critical medical radioisotope to 50 countries

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced recently.... 

Yokogawa Establishes Sustainability Goals for the Year 2050

     7th August 2017 - Addressing global issues through co-innovation to create new value - Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that it has developed sustainability goals for the year 2050 that will guide its efforts to make the world a better place for future generations. 

South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced on... 

Cash-flush Randgold in massive Côte d’Ivoire gold discovery

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2017 The exploration team of Randgold Resources, which on Thursday reported a 53% leap in half-year profits, plus cash on hand of $572.8-million even after the $94-million dividend payout, has defined a large target in Côte d’Ivoire, which is considered to be “potentially the most exciting gold... 

Glencore asks Australia to focus on economy before climate deal

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2017 Australia may need to consider delaying its goals to combat global climate change in order to prioritise energy security and economic prosperity, according to a senior executive at Glencore. The country’s emerging energy crisis, in conjunction with government-imposed clean-energy targets, has... 

Positive signals herald increased US reliance on nuclear as part of renewables mix

By: Henry Lazenby     28th July 2017 Changing global macroeconomic trends are increasingly making more space for nuclear power to support renewable energy roll-outs, boding well for the uranium market, which has been dealing with unsustainably low prices for nearly a decade, according to former US secretary of energy and current... 

The limits of communication

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     28th July 2017 Communications on the planet began when the world was at a stage where messages from one tribe of people to another did not involve the messenger being executed on arrival. The top speed of communication was the speed of a galloping horse or, in rough terrain, the speed of a running person.... 

Muted growth forecast for Europe’s mining industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2017 Mining and metals companies operating in Europe are set to remain in recovery mode, as a sluggish recovery in mineral prices keep investment activity subdued, while environmental regulations will pose headwinds for coal-producing countries. BMI Research said on Thursday that mineral prices were... 

Oil traders turn bespoke crude tailors in offshore megastore

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 The biggest oil traders feeling the squeeze in a world awash with crude are seeking an edge by offering tailor-made cargoes in an offshore megastore. By selling bespoke from a fleet of ships anchored off Singapore and Malaysia, the likes of Vitol Group, Trafigura Group, Glencore and Gunvor Group... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Atlas Copco railway compressors are built to last

     10th July 2017 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique exhibited its world-class compressed air technology solutions for the railway industry at Rail Africa 2017. Atlas Copco oil-injected screw compressors as well as oil-free scroll, piston and pantograph compressors are used on railway vehicles throughout the world,... 

Focus on Africa taken forward at Hamburg G20 summit – Zuma

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 The German presidency of the G20 this week managed to build on the achievements of the last summit in China which had emphasised sustainable development in Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. In a statement issued by the presidency after his return from the summit in Hamburg, Zuma said... 

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