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Climate Change News

Exxaro says decarbonisation journey is imperative for growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2021 Although it is predominantly a coal producer, diversified miner Exxaro Resources says it supports the work of the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission to reduce the country’s emissions in the context of overcoming poverty and inequality. “Climate change is one of the most... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2021 Initial research conducted for the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project in collaboration with the National Business Initiative (NBI) indicates that there is an emerging opportunity for South Africa to produce so-called “green iron” for export to international steelmakers seeking to... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU

Mantashe again swats away calls for 50 MW licence-exemption cap on distributed plants  

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has again swatted aside calls for a 50 MW licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants, describing such calls, which have been made by organised business and even endorsed by Eskom, as “academic” in light of a departmental... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Fossil fuel giants and banks under fire for rise in single-use plastics

By: Reuters     18th May 2021 Production of single-use plastics is set to grow 30% in the next five years, fuelling their contribution to global warming and ocean pollution, researchers said on Tuesday as they published a list of companies that manufacture and fund throwaway plastic. The first "Plastic Waste Makers Index",... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 A new and far-reaching study of how to transition the global energy system to one with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 highlights the need for a dramatic acceleration in the pace and scale of renewable-energy and grid investment, while simultaneously halting new fossil-fuel supply projects and... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study

AfDB, EBRD partner to unlock additional sustainable investment opportunities in Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote sustainable private sector development in Africa. The MoU is expected to help catalyse new sources of financing to help bridge the... 

Creecy assures South Africa will contribute to global climate change mitigation efforts 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says steps are being taken to ensure South Africa contributes its “fair share” to the global climate change mitigation effort with its newly-established Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission. The commission will advise... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel  

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2021 Although they agreed that the concept of a circular economy was not new in South Africa, a panel of experts participating in a webinar hosted by Creamer Media this week, also agreed that more needed to be done by government to expand on the implementation of circular economy principles to produce... 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel
Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel

KwaZulu-Natal announces Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th May 2021 The province of KwaZulu-Natal held its first ever sitting of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council, on Wednesday, as part of plans to mitigate natural disasters that have recently plagued the province. The council, which is chaired by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, is... 

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala
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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala

WCA launches climate partnership to support decarbonisation of cement industry

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2021 International industry body the World Cement Association (WCA) on May 11 launched its Climate Partnership programme to collaborate with nongovernmental organisations, think-tanks and sustainability-focused events providers as part of its continuing commitment to decarbonise the industry. The... 

Online game shows scope, challenges of global climate change responses

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2021 A free online interactive fiction game Survive the Century aims to show players that the future of the climate depends on the choices people make today and, while light-hearted, it is informed by climate science. The branching narrative game about the political, environmental and social choices... 

Portfolio ensures better efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Electric variable-speed drives and motors supplier ABB Motion in January released their ACS880LC liquid cooled drives portfolio that can improve overall system efficiency by reducing auxiliary power consumption by up to 10%. 

LIQUID COOLED DRIVES
This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%
LIQUID COOLED DRIVES This portfolio of liquid cooled drives technology includes a reduced footprint of up to 30%

Digitalisation key to energy efficiency

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Digitalisation is key to addressing the challenges faced in trying to implement energy efficiency initiatives for wastewater treatment plants and buildings, says South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) data and knowledge management programme project manager Teslim Mohammed... 

WASTEWATER EFFICINECY 
SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient
WASTEWATER EFFICINECY SANEDI in collaboration with DMRE are working on making wastewater treatment plants more efficient

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 With the second phase of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project ending in December this year, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) IEE project leader Sashay Ramdharee says that, for the remainder of the year, the project will focus on developing sector-specific energy... 

SASHAY RAMDHAREE
The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries

New unit designed for efficiency

7th May 2021 Industrial products provider, BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit, an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing, has been designed for optimum system efficiency.  

NORD DUODRIVE
BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.
NORD DUODRIVE BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit - an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing - has been designed for optimum system efficiency.

Energy efficiency digital platform launched

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, launched its energy efficient EcoStruxure Automation Expert, its software-centric universal automation system, at the Hannover Messe 2021, which was held online last month. 

ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT 
The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity
ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity

Shareholders call on Standard Bank to table advisory resolution on climate risk

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 Three Standard Bank asset manager shareholders, together with shareholder activist organisation Just Share, have co-filed a nonbinding advisory shareholder resolution ahead of the bank’s annual general meeting (AGM) on May 27. In the nonbinding advisory resolution, the shareholders – which... 

Wits pays tribute to local climate scientist and luminary Bob Scholes

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has announced that Professor of Systems Ecology and climate resilience research organisation Global Change Institute (GCI) director Professor Bob Scholes had passed away on April 28. "The distinguished Scholes was of the world’s leading scientists on... 

Professor Bob Scholes
Professor Bob Scholes

Growing calls for circular economy to be placed at heart of economic recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2021 As the world moves from a state of crisis to gradual recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a unique, but narrow, window of opportunity to transform the global economy and accelerate the changes that have long been delayed and are required for genuine transformation. During a keynote... 

Growing calls for circular economy to be placed at heart of economic recovery

South Africa co-hosts COP26 Energy Transition Council dialogue

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2021 The South African government on April 29 co-hosted the first Energy Transition Council National Dialogue to look at options to support emerging countries to unlock an accelerated energy transition ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)... 

Ramaphosa emphasises need for action to address climate change challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2021 In the ramp-up to the next international climate conference, to be held in Scotland in November, President Cyril Ramaphosa has shared the sentiments of the international community in that the world needs to “dramatically scale up its efforts, raise its level of ambition and support developing... 

Ramaphosa emphasises need for action to address climate change challenges

Stellenbosch University establishes School for Climate Studies

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2021 Western Cape-based Stellenbosch University (SU) has established a new School for Climate Studies, which will be officially launched in June, as part of its efforts to tackle the battle against climate change. According to SU research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor... 

Stellenbosch University research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Eugene Cloete
Stellenbosch University research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Eugene Cloete

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 South Africa’s Nedbank Group released an ambitious new energy policy on April 22, containing a commitment to reduce its exposure to all fossil fuels to zero by 2045, as well as a pledge to halt all new thermal coal-mine financing by January 1, 2025. Simultaneously, Nedbank said it would scale up... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge

Exxaro climate change specialist appointed vice-chair of industry task team

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has elected the group’s climate change specialist Dr Lerato Khumalo as vice-chairperson for the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC). The voluntary, nonprofit association comprises several local energy-intensive companies across different business... 

Exxaro climate change specialist Dr Lerato Khumalo
Exxaro climate change specialist Dr Lerato Khumalo

Wärtsilä partners with Africa youth entrepreneurship initiative

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has partnered with youth entrepreneurship and skills development initiative Ambitious.Africa to foster sustainable development. The partners will connect students, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, financiers and various stakeholders from Africa... 

WEF says sustained incremental progress, resilience important for energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 As countries continue their progress in transitioning to clean energy, global economic body the World Economic Forum (WEF) says it is critical over the next decade to root the transition in economic, political and social practices to ensure progress is irreversible. The energy transition requires... 

Opinion: South Africa's wind energy sector has role to play in reaching a net zero carbon economy

21st April 2021 In this article, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli writes about the South African wind energy sector's role on the road to a net zero carbon economy by 2050. Following the release of the Global Wind Energy Council’s 'Global Wind Report 2021', the buzz in the... 

The Klipheuwel Wind Farm in the Western Cape
The Klipheuwel Wind Farm in the Western Cape

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could surge by 1.5-billion tonnes in 2021 to 33-billion tonnes, reversing most of last year’s decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as rebounding coal demand in the electricity sector more than offsets record renewables deployments. This... 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth

Emerging market green debt sales to soar to $100bn billion by 2023

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2021 Emerging market green bond issuance will more than double by 2023 to exceed $100-billion, according to two of the biggest players in the sector. The World Bank’s International Finance Corp. and European asset manager Amundi, who together created the world’s largest green bond fund targeting... 

Gas is the new coal with risk of $100bn in stranded assets

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2021 Natural gas is falling out of favor with emissions-wary investors and utilities at a quicker pace than coal did, catching some power generators unaware and potentially leaving them stuck with billions of dollars of assets they can’t sell. Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are among the... 

Circular economy a key component of South Africa’s post-Covid-19 recovery, says Creecy 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2021 South Africa’s post-Covid-19 Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan includes a green economy component, of which the circular economy is a key component, to ensure environmental protection and the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. “The plan promotes waste recycling, renewable... 

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

White House considers methane-busting vow before climate summit

By: Bloomberg     16th April 2021 The Biden administration is considering singling out methane for significant reductions as part of a pledge to cut greenhouse gases in advance of a climate summit next week, according to two people familiar with the matter. President Joe Biden is already expected to unveil an ambitious goal for... 

Trafigura backs MAN Energy Solutions’ clean engine development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2021 Independent commodity trading company Trafigura Group will co-sponsor the development of an MAN Energy Solutions ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels. The fuel-flexible, two-stroke ammonia engine is expected to be commercially available for large-scale ocean-going ships by 2024, followed... 

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

South Africa stands to benefit from green hydrogen production – CDH

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The advantages of green hydrogen technology to meet South Africa’s goals of transitioning to a lower carbon energy sector appear “uncontested”, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). To qualify as a form of clean energy technology (one that does not contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions and... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies... 

Power lines in the foreground, with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines in the foreground, with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background
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