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Climate Change News

Skills shortage plagues natural refrigerant sector

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2020 One of the most pertinent issues facing the local heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry is the lack of specialised skills needed for the systematic adoption of natural refrigerants in place of traditional synthetic refrigerants. Heightened pressure on... 

Renewed call to ban disposable cylinders

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2020 Despite various heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry participants contesting the banning of disposable gas cylinders in South Africa for years, there is no indication of a decision on the matter being reached. South African Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning... 

TIME TO SCRAP THIS PRACTICE
Disposed cylinders create about 3 150 m3 scrap metal and can explode if not thoroughly evacuated
TIME TO SCRAP THIS PRACTICE Disposed cylinders create about 3 150 m3 scrap metal and can explode if not thoroughly evacuated

Refrigerant recovery service set for expansion

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2020 Speciality chemicals supplier A-Gas South Africa is planning to expand its rapid recovery refrigerant service nationally this year. This follows the appointment of A-Gas business development manager Grant McGill in September last year. 

IT’S A GAS
The Rapid Recovery service is up to ten times faster than traditional refrigerant recovery methods
IT’S A GAS The Rapid Recovery service is up to ten times faster than traditional refrigerant recovery methods

Investec ups climate investment, clarity as pressure grows

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2020 Investec is increasing its focus on environmental, social and governance issues to bolster its profit and address concerns raised by investors over climate change. The South African and U.K. lender -- which offers wealth management as well as private, corporate and investment banking -- is... 

Growing concern over impact climate change may have on water security

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2020 As the world scrambles to mitigate the anticipated impact of climate change and global warming and strive to limit the temperature increase to below 1.5 °C above that of the preindustrial period, solutions to ensure South Africa’s own water secure future needs deeper scrutiny. Many climate change... 

Growing concern over impact climate change may have on water security

Accessories developed to complement range

31st January 2020 A range of communications accessories has been developed to complement electrical and digital building infrastructure supplier Legrand’s three uninterruptible power supply (UPS) ranges. These devices include network interfaces for real time control of the UPS and for managing numerous events that... 

MORE UPS THAN DOWNS
The Legrand UPS range is complemented by the recently launched communications accessories
MORE UPS THAN DOWNS The Legrand UPS range is complemented by the recently launched communications accessories

Climate change will hit Africa much harder than other continents – panel  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th January 2020 A panel of speakers participating in consultancy Deloitte's Africa Outlook 2020 event, on Thursday, highlighted the economic and social themes that are expected to feature prominently on the continent this year, including climate change, which is anticipated to hit Africa the hardest. Deloitte... 

Climate change will hit Africa much harder than other continents – panel
A panel of experts explain why Africa has been and will be hit hardest by climate change going forward

Just Share says Discovery can do more on climate change

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th January 2020 Shareholder activism organisation Just Share director Tracey Davies says financial services company Discovery’s CEO Adrian Gore oversimplifies the problem of climate change. She makes the comments in response to a recent post by Gore on social media, entitled ‘Climate change is a behavioural... 

Discovery CEO Adrian Gore
Discovery CEO Adrian Gore

Association records growth despite struggling economy

24th January 2020 Despite a struggling economy, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) reported a growth in membership and influence last year. 

DIVERSE OFFERING
In addition to its hugely successful annual PIPES technical conference, Sappma has also begun hosting regular workshops for both members and non-members alike that focus on different aspects of quality
DIVERSE OFFERING In addition to its hugely successful annual PIPES technical conference, Sappma has also begun hosting regular workshops for both members and non-members alike that focus on different aspects of quality

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

THOMAS SCHÄFER

Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating
Photo by Creamer Media
THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Setswana speaking children across South Africa are learning about the role that wind power is playing as the world transitions to renewable power for a cleaner, healthier planet through a beautifully illustrated story book, named Let the Wind Blow. The South African... 

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

Sibanye obtains 'A' rating for climate change disclosure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2020 Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater on Monday revealed that it was the only company from South Africa to have achieved an 'A' rating for its climate change disclosure by nonprofit global environmental disclosure platform CDP. "CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is... 

Company launches unique water plant, empowers community

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Mineral water company Aqua Air Africa (AAA) officially launched Africa’s first atmospheric water-generating plant at the Ga-Rankuwa industrial site, in Gauteng, in November. 

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND
The construction of the atmospheric water geberating plant began in 2018 with a team of committed engineers and local small, medium-sized and microenterprises
FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND The construction of the atmospheric water geberating plant began in 2018 with a team of committed engineers and local small, medium-sized and microenterprises

Environmental issues a top global risk – WEF

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) expects economic and political polarisation to rise this year as significant short-term risks to climate action and public health systems. This while collaboration between world leaders, businesses and policymakers is necessary to stop severe threats to... 

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

10th January 2020 In this opinion piece, first published in The Conversation, professors David Walwyn and Rod Crompton make the case for South Africa to pay greater research and development attention to the production of green hydrogen using a combination of wind and solar power and electrolysers. In addition,... 

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

First Great White shark seen off Cape Town in 20 months

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2020 The first great white shark in 20 months has been spotted in False Bay off Cape Town, easing concern that one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions had gone for good. The shark was spotted by the operator of a cage diving operation off Seal Island, said Gregg Oelofse, who oversees coastal... 

No end in sight for Eastern Cape drought 

By: News24Wire      6th January 2020 Residents of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape are desperately waiting for water that was released from the Wriggleswade Dam to provide them with some respite from a lengthy drought that is showing no signs of ending. The water was released from the dam earlier this month and it was estimated that... 

No end in sight for Eastern Cape drought

Years of drought threaten South Africa's wildlife industry

By: Reuters     6th January 2020 A severe drought is threatening South Africa's wildlife industry, with game farmers keeping fewer animals and tourists visiting game lodges in smaller numbers. Parts of the country have been affected by consecutive years of abnormally hot weather and below average rainfall that have scorched... 

Batteries, EVs to play ‘critical role’ in low-carbon future

By: Simone Liedtke     19th December 2019 The switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy alternatives and the electrification of energy is one of the key elements of delivering carbon neutral economies, and batteries are set to play a critical role in delivering this low-carbon future, says investment research and advisory company... 

UNDP, Irena help countries to meet climate pledges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 Renewable energy deployment has to accelerate six-fold by 2030 if the world is to achieve the goal of cutting global carbon emissions by 45% and keep temperatures below 1.5 ˚C above pre-industrial levels. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Renewable Energy... 

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

USEFUL BEAUTY
The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Government reaffirms support for rural, township economies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 To improve access to information and bring economic infrastructure support closer to township and rural-based enterprises, government is expanding incubators and digital hubs to townships and rural areas, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

VIBRANT THINKING 
South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills
Photo by SA Investment Conference
VIBRANT THINKING South Africa's small, medium-sized and microenterprises are demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking in business skills

Science, innovation investment crucial to Africa’s development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 Africa still does not realise the potential and opportunity that science and innovation hold for its development, says South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor. 

NALEDI PANDOR 
The time has come for Africa to be serious about investing more in research, development and innovation
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
NALEDI PANDOR The time has come for Africa to be serious about investing more in research, development and innovation

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th December 2019 JSE-listed diversified mining company Exxaro officially announced its commitment of R20-billion towards President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive for South Africa at the 2019 South African Investment Conference, which took place in Johannesburg, last month. 

Diversified miner announces R20-billion investment drive
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo discussed the company’s investments ahead of the 2019 South African Investment Conference. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 31.10.2019

African cities bet on new technology to fix growing water shortages

By: Reuters     11th December 2019 From solar-powered ground pumps to 3D-printed filters, new technology can help solve water shortages in African cities facing rapid growth, entrepreneurs and policymakers said. These were among the solutions discussed at a summit hosted by the Islamic Development Bank in Senegal's capital Dakar... 

Carbon capture, storage seeing growing momentum

By: Simone Liedtke     10th December 2019 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has seen growing momentum and increased ambition this year, says the Global CCS Institute. This vital suite of climate change technologies is expected to play a fundamental part in achieving the transition to a net-zero economy and help decarbonise... 

Water levels at world’s biggest dam sink to two-decade low

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 The Kariba dam has plunged to its lowest level since 1996, raising further risks to the hydropower plants that Zimbabwe and Zambia depend on for nearly half of their power. Water levels at the world’s largest man-made freshwater reservoir that straddles the two countries, fell to 10% of usable... 

Income redistribution no ‘silver bullet’ for inequality, UN says

By: Bloomberg     10th December 2019 Inequality has spread through so many areas of life that tilting tax systems in favor of the less well-off won’t be enough to address the gap, a new UN report said. While a full redistributive package that includes more progressive income taxes and earned income discounts at low income levels... 

Creecy reiterates that Africa needs financial assistance for damages caused by extreme weather

By: African News Agency      9th December 2019 South African Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has reiterated that the mandate of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in this year's United Nations (UN) climate change conference is making sure that Africa has access to funds for loss and... 

Apple buys first carbon-free aluminium from Alcoa, Rio Tinto JV 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Technology company Apple has bought the first-ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminium from a joint venture (JV) between two aluminum suppliers. The metal is being made by Elysis, the Montreal-based JV of Alcoa and Rio Tinto. The JV was established last year, with $144-million in funding... 

Water, land reform concerns weigh on agriculture sector's confidence 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2019 The Agricultural Business Chamber and the Industrial Development Corporation Agribusiness Confidence Index declined from 46 points in the third quarter of this year to 44 index points in the fourth quarter. This level below the 50-point neutral mark, Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo told... 

Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo

CT and nine world cities participating in carbon-neutral competition

By: African News Agency      4th December 2019 The City of Cape Town on Wednesday said it will be participating to the carbon-neutral competition with Chicago, Dubai, Lima, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Singapore, Reykjavik, and Rome. The competition requires projects to deliver the most ambitious climate solutions that will also benefit the local... 

 CT and nine world cities participating in carbon-neutral competition

Greenpeace calls for urgent ocean protection action

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 Environmental organisation Greenpeace has called for an urgent global political response in the next 12 months to address the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans. A new report by the organisation titled ‘In Hot Water: The Climate Crisis and the Urgent Need for Ocean Protection’ was... 

Global temperature headed toward 5 °C increase, WMO says

By: Bloomberg     3rd December 2019 The world’s average temperature is headed toward a gain of 3 °C to 5 °C by the end of the century. The findings by the World Meteorologic Organization are another indication of how far off track the planet is in meeting its target to contain global warming to 1.5 °C since the dawn of the... 

Treasury invites public comment on carbon offset regulations 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 The National Treasury has published for public comment two further sets of regulations around carbon tax – the Draft Regulations for the Trade Exposure Allowance and Draft Regulations for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Benchmarks. The Carbon Tax Act was promulgated by President Cyril... 

Flanders govt grants €1m to Africa climate change fund

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2019 The government of Flanders, the northern federated state of Belgium, has granted €1-million to the Africa Climate Change Fund to support five projects in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). In a statement, the AfDB said the new contribution... 

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