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Climate Change News

DMRE calls for public comment on draft Domestic Carbon Offset Standards

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has published the Draft Framework for the Development, Assessment and Approval of Domestic Carbon Offset Standards for public comment from January 27 to February 28. The draft framework sets out the requirements, criteria for selection,... 

Public Works to release RFP for renewable energy programme this quarter

By: Darren Parker     Updated 7 hours ago The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) in the first quarter of this year, it said in a statement on January 27. The iREREP will be the largest programme for... 

A photo of Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
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Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
Photo by Creamer Media
Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

McKinsey pegs the price tag of a livable climate at $9.2tr a year

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 A new analysis from McKinsey & Co. estimates that the investment, in new infrastructure and systems, needed to meet international climate goals could be $9.2-trillion a year through 2050. That’s at least $3.5-trillion more a year than the world is currently laying out for both low-carbon and... 

Schneider Electric launches green-focused business software suite

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is introducing an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure. The Infrastructure of the Future suite offers a holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies, while tackling the challenges... 

Businesses struggling to embed sustainability into core strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Local and global C-level business leaders (CxOs) are increasingly concerned about climate change and see the world at a tipping point to act. Businesses are, however, struggling to fully embed sustainability into their core business strategies, operations, and cultures, advisory and professional... 

Nigerian VP calls for natural gas to be accepted as a transition fuel

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for natural gas – which Africa has in abundance – to be accepted by the rest of the globe as a transitional fuel. In his address to the Davos Agenda 2022 – hosted by the World Economic Forum – on January 21, Osinbajo reminded world leaders that,... 

A photo of Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo
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Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo

French energy group joins UAE green hydrogen aviation fuel project

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 French global major energy group TotalEnergies has joined United Arab Emirates (UAE) sustainable and clean energy company Masdar and Germany’s Siemens Energy, in a project to use green hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The three groups signed the collaboration agreement on the... 

Solar streetlight designed for longevity

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 Last month, lighting solution manufacturer Beka Schréder began the first SOLARPOLE project roll-out in the country.  

Picture of BEKA Schréder's new SOLARPOLE design
SOLARPOLE LUMINAIRE The SOLARPOLE is a vertical, aesthetic solar lighting solution for road and urban applications

Global climate action accelerating, presenting commercial opportunities and risks - Boston Consulting

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Many company leaders underestimate the pace and extent of the change ahead and, as such, climate change early-movers can attract more talent, play in higher-growth segments and save cash and carbon, as well as reduce risk exposure, access cheaper financing and achieve higher shareholder value,... 

UK providing urgent climate crisis aid funding to East Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2022 The UK announced on Monday that it was going to provide a new support package to four East African countries, to help them deal with both extreme drought and flooding conditions. The package, worth £17-million, was announced by British Minister for Africa (roughly equivalent to a Deputy Minister... 

Coca-Cola, partners launch new sustainability platform to build on past successes 

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2022 Beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola’s Africa Operating Unit (AOU) and its bottling partners have launched an Africa-focused sustainability platform – Jamii, which houses Coca-Cola AOU’s existing and new sustainability initiatives to improve water use, empower women and better manage waste streams.... 

An image of Coca-Cola Africa sustainability director Dorcas Onyango
Coca-Cola Africa launches new sustainability platform – Jamii

Green public procurement can help cut 15% of global GHG emissions – report

By: Schalk Burger     13th January 2022 A report by the World Economic Forum and business strategy consultancy the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has found that about 40% of global greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions related to public procurement can be abated for less than $15/t of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to the 'Green... 

Resources companies must balance costs, benefits of reducing environmental impact

By: Schalk Burger     12th January 2022 Natural resources and commodities producers and traders will have to balance the increase in costs to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and supply chains with the beneficial impact these measures have on the environment and communities in which they operate, three natural... 

Govt departments urged to focus on integrated disaster risk reduction

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2022 Disaster risk reduction (DRR) should be a priority for government at all levels, but failures in adequately addressing major factors, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and growing economic hardship in South Africa, point to insufficient capacity and commitment to carry through on this... 

An image of a flooded road
A flooded road in South Africa

Climate concerns dominate ‘long-term risks’ – WEF  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2022 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has highlighted climate action failure, growing social divides, heightened cyber-risks and uneven global recovery as the foremost risks the world will be facing in coming years. Launching the ‘Global Risks 2022’ report on January 11, which was compiled in... 

WEF president Børge Brende
WEF executives comment on the top global risks in the short, medium and long-term

Mondi sets net zero by 2050 goal

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2022 Packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi says it is accelerating its plans to reduce its carbon emissions by committing to transition to net zero by 2050. The group plans to expand on almost two decades of such progress, including a 45% reduction in specific greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions against... 

Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

Photo of Martin Creamer
Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar

Amogy closes funding round, partners with Amazon

By: Mariaan Webb     17th December 2021 Sustainable technology company Amogy has closed a Series A funding round that will enable it to advance its first commercial product for ammonia-powered shipping and other transport applications. Led by hydrogen technologies investor AP Ventures, with new investment from Amazon’s Climate Pledge... 

HSBC says it will phase out financing of thermal coal by 2040

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2021 HSBC Holdings is planning to phase out the financing of coal used for generating electricity by 2040, the latest bank to commit to ending support for the greenhouse gas-intensive fossil fuel. The London-based lender will stop financing thermal coal in the European Union and countries belonging to... 

CHEP pallet rental solution reduces Clover's carbon emissions

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2021 Supply chain solutions company CHEP rents out and reuses 345-million wooden pallets used in the transportation of goods, which reduce costs and minimise environmental impact. The reuse model makes business sense, said CHEP South Africa customer relationship manager Celeste Enoch. 

JSE releases sustainability, climate change disclosure guidelines

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2021 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become central and are, more than ever, being factored into the development of sustainable and resilient markets and economies, both locally and globally. The JSE acknowledges the challenges faced by listed companies in navigating the... 

Up to 72 000 energy transition jobs could be created in Mpumalanga by 2030, study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2021 South Africa’s Mpumalanga province can compensate for a large share of the job losses that will arise in its declining coal sector and lay the foundations for the creation of a new clean-energy hub for the country by scaling up investments in renewable energy and accelerating coal... 

Image showing wind and solar

Scatec awarded A-rating by CDP for tackling climate change

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 Renewable power producer Scatec has been placed on global environmental nonprofit organisation Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP’s) prestigious A-list for its corporate sustainability efforts in tackling climate change The company is among a few high-performing companies out of almost 12 000 that... 

Decarbonisation roadmap highlights economic benefits and international support for South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2021 Europe-Africa energy cooperation foundation Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa's (Res4Africa's) 'Decarbonisation Roadmap for South Africa' report highlights the economic benefits of modernising and decarbonising the country's economy and demonstrates the broad international financial and... 

Opinion: How can we ensure that Africa’s energy transition aligns with its development ambitions?

3rd December 2021 In this opinion article, SPEAR Capital partner Martin Soderberg writes about how African can achieve a just energy transition. 

SPEAR Capital partner Martin Soderberg

Eskom power transition lacking energy, says LTM Energy CEO

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd December 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom, South Africa’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, is not adapting to change fast enough, as the world races to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by adopting greener energy solutions, says local energy services company LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay. South... 

LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay
LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay

Faster-than-ever renewable electricity growth supports emergence of a new global energy economy 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 Stronger policies and raised climate goals leading into COP26 are driving renewables to new records, but faster deployment across all key sectors is needed to reach net zero, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in a new report. It adds that the growth of the world’s capacity to generate... 

Pic of renewable energy options.

PPC to invest R664m to 2025 to kick-start decarbonisation journey 

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2021 JSE-listed building materials group PPC has outlined a new decarbonisation strategy that includes firm targets for implementation by 2025 and 2030 and also outlines a long-term aspirational goal of transitioning its operations to net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. The strategy is... 

PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

South Africa won’t be ‘short-changed’ in climate finance talks, Ramaphosa insists  

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government will not allow itself to be “short-changed” or lumped with conditions that will undermine its developmental objectives when negotiating the details of an $8.5-billion climate-finance package with developed countries over the coming months. Responding... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa to chair inter-Ministerial committee to oversee R131bn just transition offer 

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa will chair an inter-Ministerial committee that is being established to coordinate further work on the country’s just transition plan, as well as the R131-billion climate-finance offer made to South Africa at the recent COP26 climate gathering. Following a briefing on the... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Building climate resilience important for agriculture, forestry and land use sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2021 Agriculture, forestry and other land use (Afolu) in South Africa is significantly threatened, with export earnings, farm and plantation workers' livelihoods and food availability at risk. This is particularly the case in the Western and Northern Cape, which are expected to face the worst water... 

Not a ‘finance COP’, but ‘solid work programme’ in place for defining new climate-finance goal 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says that, although COP26 was not the ‘finance COP’ hoped for ahead of the Glasgow meeting, it nevertheless did yield “a good, solid work programme” for defining the post-2025 finance goal and for ensuring that the prevailing... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Mantashe sued over plans to build new coal power plants 

By: Bloomberg     17th November 2021 South Africa’s energy regulator and energy minister have been sued by environmental activists over national plans to allow the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Plans for the construction of 1 500 megawatts of coal-fired generation capacity are included in the 2019 Integrated Resource... 

Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bring on non-binary debates for a redefined, realistic just transition, says WCA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2021 A binary, this-or-that debate on technology for a just energy transition is unhelpful and does not consider the unique circumstances for each country in the pursuit of carbonisation, the World Coal Association (WCA) argues. The association’s stance is that it will respect coal users and non-coal... 

A photo of WCA CEO Michelle Manook
WCA CEO Michelle Manook

UK's Johnson calls COP26 climate agreement ‘game changing’

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2021 The agreement reached Saturday at global climate talks in Glasgow will be pivotal in the fight to stop global warming, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. The conference hosted by the UK produced a “game-changing agreement that the world needed to see,” Johnson said at a press conference in... 

Image of Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Glasgow has sounded the death knell for coal power.

Climate Fund Managers close second blended finance initiative

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 Investment management company Climate Fund Managers (CFM) has closed its second blended finance global climate fund initiative – Climate Investor Two (CI2) – at $642-million for Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. CI2 follows the establishment of its first initiative – Climate... 

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