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Climate Change News

IFC partners with Rameda to ‘green’ its pharmaceutical business in Egypt

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is partnering with Egypt-based pharmaceutical producer Rameda, to support the company’s strategy to “green” its operations and improve its production efficiencies to boost the company’s productivity. Through the partnership, the IFC will help Rameda –... 

Newly rebranded DFI launches in Kenya

By: Darren Parker     13th May 2022 The newly rebranded UK government’s development finance institution (DFI) British International Investment (BII) was launched on May 12 at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Nairobi, Kenya – one of the DFI’s most important markets. The event was attended by BII CEO Nick O’Donohoe and... 

Global warming made S Africa's recent floods twice as likely – study 

By: Reuters     13th May 2022 Global warming made the heavy rains behind South Africa's devastating floods last month twice as likely as they would have been if greenhouse gas emissions had never heated the planet, scientists said on Friday. Flash floods around the east coast city of Durban killed 435 people, left tens of... 

KZN floods

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

AVEVA commits to net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030; net-zero Scope 3 emissions by 2050

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 Industrial software provide AVEVA has committed to achieving net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and to have net-zero Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions by 2050, AVEVA Europe, Middle East and Africa global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari said this week. "A proper sustainability message... 

New infrastructure vulnerable to climate change owing to mismanagement, corruption

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2022 New infrastructure was just as vulnerable to climate change as ageing infrastructure, said South African Local Government Association (Salga) senior climate change adviser Slindile Maphumulo on May 10. She explained that, while ageing infrastructure was vulnerable to being damaged or destroyed... 

Flood damage to roads in KZN

Groups welcome expiry of enviro authorisation for proposed coal-fired power station

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 The Pretoria High Court confirmed, on May 3, that the environmental authorisation for the planned 600 MW KiPower coal-fired power station had expired, meaning the proposed power station cannot be built. KiPower was intended to be built outside Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga – a region with poor air... 

Mbalula recommends a people-centred just transition

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said a just transition is about improving the lives and livelihoods of all South Africans, particularly those that are bearing the brunt of climate impacts, and protecting and empowering workers and communities, as the country navigates the shift away from... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Deforestation, forest degradation responsible for 10% of yearly human-made carbon dioxide – report

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2022 A scientific assessment of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) policy finds that while REDD+ has provided a “convenient umbrella” for many forest and land use-related activities aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation,... 

South Africa seeks to make climate finance deal global benchmark 

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 South Africa’s planned $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest nations could serve as a blueprint for other coal-dependent countries, the head of its negotiating team said. The potential funding, which will be made available over three to five years, was announced at... 

Daniel Mminele
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Daniel Mminele

Rich nations scramble to seal coal transition deals before COP27

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2022 As they prepare for the next round of global climate talks in November, officials from rich countries are trying to pull together a series of multibillion-dollar packages to help poor countries phase out coal. But negotiations have been snarled by national politics and Russia’s war in Ukraine,... 

Truck transporting coal

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking
CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking

Rethink of local waterborne sewage system unavoidable

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 As a water-scarce country, a rethink of South Africa’s waterborne sewage system is inevitable, owing to the threat of climate change, with the country’s overall water security partially hinging on its sanitation security. This is according to South Africa’s premier water knowledge hub, the Water... 

QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification
QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification

Goldman analysts say another $2.8tr needed for climate

By: Bloomberg     28th April 2022 Additional annual investments of $2.8-trillion are needed in low-carbon technologies and infrastructure to help the world meet net-zero emissions goals, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs Group. A global carbon price, continued focus on sustainability in the capital markets and improved... 

Standard Bank signs climate change, financing of emissions information resolution

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2022 After extensive engagement with shareholder activism organisations Just Share and Aeon Investment Management, financial services firm Standard Bank has agreed to the wording of a shareholder-proposed nonbinding, advisory resolution that Standard Bank, over a three-year timeframe, provides... 

Clean coal a ‘figment of the imagination’, says Olver

By: Darren Parker     26th April 2022 The concept of clean coal is a figment of the imagination, according to science, said Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver on April 26. “There is no such thing,” he said, speaking at the PCC-JSE Financial Sector Forum on Just Transition Framework... 

PCC Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver
PCC Secretariat executive director Dr Crispian Olver

Thirty semi-finalists announced for Afri-Plastics Challenge to reduce marine plastics

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 Thirty semi-finalists have been announced for the Promoting Change strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge that aims to reduce marine plastics in sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement, innovation foundation Nesta Challenges says. The... 

KZN floods: 'Climate change is here', warns Dlamini-Zuma   

By: News24Wire      19th April 2022 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the devastating flooding that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal is a sign of climate change, adding that flooding in the province has worsened over the last five years.   "These floods are the worst we have seen in living... 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN  

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2022 The flood damage in KwaZulu-Natal reflects a lack of application of existing regulations and poor maintenance of infrastructure, said Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso on April 19. In her weekly newsletter, she noted that infrastructure had failed because it had not been kept in... 

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN

Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is upending the global transition away from fossil fuels in the fight against climate change. In some ways, the war is slowing the shift and giving old energy new life. In others, it’s bolstering the argument that adding more electric vehicles to roads and installing... 

Russia’s war in Ukraine puts global energy transition at crossroad

Generators still reliable, affordable option

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Generators will always be an option as long as standby power is needed in South Africa, says generator importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment national product and sales specialist Michele Cicognani. While companies are becoming more aware of alternative standby power options, owing to the... 

Incorrect sizing is the most common mistake made by companies when buying a generator
SIZE MATTERS Incorrect sizing is the most common mistake made by companies when buying a generator

Absa assures stakeholders targets for reducing GHG exposure are coming

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2022 Financial services provider Absa Group has fallen behind its peers in adopting policies around climate change and fossil fuel financing, activism organisation Just Share reports. The nonprofit organisation explains that the bank published a “Coal Financing Standard” in April 2020 and a... 

Earthlife Africa engages communities on Just Transition Framework

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Nonprofit organisation Earthlife Africa is requesting increased grassroots-level engagement and popular education on the energy-related Just Transition Framework to ensure ordinary people in South Africa understand the issues relating to climate change and the just transition. Over the past few... 

ArcelorMittal studies 100 MW renewables projects for Gauteng and Western Cape 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2022 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has initiated feasibility studies for two 100 MW renewable energy projects to supply electricity to its existing facilities in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The studies should be finalised during 2023/2024, the company said in a statement. 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
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ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster

Global governmental clean energy spending up 50% over past five months  

By: Darren Parker     12th April 2022 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Sustainable Recovery Tracker’s latest update shows that clean energy spending earmarked by governments in response to the Covid-19 crisis had risen by 50% over the past five months to more than $710-billion worldwide. However, “troubling” imbalances... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
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IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Retaining refining capacity could pose long-term risks for South Africa

By: Darren Parker     8th April 2022 South Africa’s oil refining capacity has always been rather small when considered on a global scale, but there was some sense of national pride and of security in knowing that the country could deliver – even if most of the crude input had to be imported. While local refineries were never able to... 

Engineering News and Mining Weekly cover image

Partnership launched to overcome climate resiliency barriers in energy, water

By: Donna Slater     6th April 2022 A joint project to accelerate South Africa’s energy and water transitions to be more efficient and sustainable – the South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project – was officially launched on April 5 between the government of Belgium (through the embassy in South Africa – Flanders) and the... 

Metals, new mine investment required now to support future energy transition 

By: Donna Slater     5th April 2022 Despite the significant energy intensity required to mine metals, the commodities are still “essential for the energy transition to succeed”, says BHP market analysis and economics VP Dr Huw McKay. He says that, although having a common goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C of... 

BHP's Spence mine

Dairy farmers eye carbon credits while curbing emissions

By: Reuters     5th April 2022 On South Africa's Lancewood dairy farm, a GPS-guided tractor spreads cow manure across defined areas where tilling is banned and fertilizer used at a minimum, if at all. Some 2 500 Jersey cows graze on a selection of plants, from chicory to lucerne (alfalfa), that have been planted for feed... 

‘Misallocated’ global capital raises climate risk, UN report warns

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2022 The world’s leading climate finance experts and economists warn of a “persistent misallocation of global capital” as too much money continues to pour into fossil fuels and too little is channeled to clean energy. In its latest assessment of global efforts to contain climate change, published... 

Planet’s breakneck warming likely to pass 1.5°C, UN scientists warn

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2022 The international goal to limit global heating to 1.5° Celsius is officially on life support. A United Nations-backed panel of climate scientists warned in a new report released Monday that the world may be on track to warm by more than 3°C — twice the Paris Agreement target —in a change that... 

Global report forecasts 5.4 GW of new wind additions in South Africa to 2026  

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2022 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is forecasting that South Africa will add 5.4 GW of new wind capacity over the coming five years to the end of 2026, even though procurement delays will lead to lower levels of deployment in 2022 when compared with 2021. GWEC’s ‘Global Wind Report 2022’ notes... 

Wind turbines in the Eastern Cape

Sequestration crucial for local forestry, paper industries

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 Industry body Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony highlights that in the National Treasury’s Budget Review in February, sequestration was recognised to include carbon sequestered in the forest, and carbon stored in harvested wood products, such... 

An image of Mondi's wetland conservation in South Africa
FIBRE-BASED SOLUTIONS A key mitigation measure in local industry is to replace fossil fuels used at the mills with biofuels such as tree biomass residues from plantations

Germany holds up Just Transition Partnership with South Africa as example of evolving climate and development strategy  

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2022 The Just Transition Partnership signed between South Africa and several developed countries in late 2021 has been held up as an example of the type of ‘climate and development partnership’ that the German government plans to pursue both bilaterally and multilaterally as part of a development... 

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze
German Development Minister Svenja Schulze

Exxaro reinforces socio-economic need to capitalise off coal for future-resilient business 

30th March 2022 Although coal miner Exxaro acknowledges its contribution toward climate change, it also stresses that coal from already-established coal mines need to be capitalised upon to form the foundation of a new and future-sustainable business. 

Real Economy Report image
Exxaro reinforces socio-economic need to capitalise off coal for future-resilient business

South Africa’s electricity plan ‘underestimating’ new generation needs, former Eskom CEO warns 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2022 South Africa’s current Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is significantly underestimating what new capacity should be being built to cater for the decommissioning of the coal-fired power stations and any future demand growth, African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP) CEO Brian Dames has warned.... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter (with mic) speaks during an energy transition breakaway session at the South Africa Investment Conference 2022
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter (with mic) speaks during an energy transition breakaway session at the South Africa Investment Conference 2022

DFFE, Treasury release sustainable municipal bonds issuance technical handbook

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and the National Treasury have launched a technical handbook on the issuance of sustainable municipal bonds in South Africa. Sustainable bonds are those where the use of the proceeds from the financial instrument have a positive... 

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