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Climate Change News

Climate policy to map out transition to low-carbon economy  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th October 2011 South Africa’s National Climate Change Response Policy, which was approved by Cabinet this week, would help the country map out a socioeconomic transition to a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy and society, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said on Friday. The policy... 

Stricter enforcement of ambient air quality standards for brick manufacturing

By: Tracy Hancock     14th October 2011 The Air Quality Act (AQA), No. 39 of 2004, will be used to outlaw the use of energy-intensive clamp kilns used by the brick-making industry unless there is a transition to cleaner production, says Department of Environmental Affairs air quality management and climate change chief director Peter... 

Former Eskom leader appointed as new WWF-SA chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th October 2011 South Africa’s former Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister, Valli Moosa, who also recently served as chairperson of South Africa’s coal-heavy power utility Eskom, has been elected as the new chairperson of the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA). Moosa, who has served on the... 

SA should align trade and climate policies – Treasury official

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th October 2011 South Africa would have to look at aligning its trade and climate change policies, if it wanted to drive ‘green’ infrastructure development and the so-called ‘green economy’, National Treasury deputy director-general for public finance Andrew Donaldson said on Thursday. “Internationally, we have... 

DPE drafting climate change, green economy policy for SoEs

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th October 2011 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has started a process of defining a policy to guide State-owned enterprises (SoEs) with regard to climate change and the green economy, Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. SoEs would be required to develop and submit strategic plans outlining how... 

SA will not deviate from African bloc in key climate talks 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     10th October 2011 South African will take an “African” position at the global climate change meeting in Durban later this year, Environmental Affairs chief negotiator Alf Wills said on Monday, while acknowledging that the continent was not united on some environmental issues. South Africa, which is the president... 

Growth and employment creation unlikely without increased emissions

By: Schalk Burger     7th October 2011 Across the world, data has indicated that growing an economy increases energy consumption, which means increased emissions, said ferrochrome producer Xstrata Alloys executive director Mike Roussouw at the fourth South African Ferro-alloys Conference on September 16. 

Global warming holds risks and opportunities for hydropower prospects

By: Tracy Hancock     7th October 2011 Climate change may provide more water for future hydropower projects, as a higher temperature will result in a higher evaporation rate, says UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education department of water engineering’s storage and hydropower associate professor Miroslav Marence. 

SA’s latest climate study to reveal severe weather risks 

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th September 2011 South Africa would soon submit its second National Communication to the United Nations reflecting the country’s greenhouse gas emissions profile, as well as the latest science on the country’s vulnerability to impacts of climate change, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa... 

SA hosts deforestation emissions reduction workshop ahead of COP 17 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2011 South Africa hosted a consultation and capacity-building workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) this week, ahead of the global climate negotiations in Durban in November, early December. The workshop, which focused on biodiversity... 

SA could lose out on carbon financing if EU moves ahead with LDC plan 

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th September 2011 South Africa risks losing carbon financing flowing from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as the European Union (EU) – the largest buyer of Kyoto Protocol carbon credits – has indicated it would only purchase credits from projects located in least developed countries (LDCs) from 2013. There... 

Low-carbon funding prospects under the spotlight

By: Christy van der Merwe     16th September 2011 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently put the spotlight on funding for the green economy, at a symposium entitled “Embracing Opportunity - Innovative finance for a low carbon economy”, which brought together some of the country’s foremost thought leaders to identify opportunities for... 

Businesses urged to get involved in climate negotiating process 

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th September 2011 South African companies should be aware that business is being given an opportunity to engage in global climate change negotiations not only as an observer, but through stakeholder programmes and side events. “Business must realise that they are getting closer to the process and they must move... 

Concerns grow over common position for Africa at climate negotiations 

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th September 2011 As African environmental Ministers converged in Mali to update the Africa common position on climate change before COP 17 in Durban, certain commentators noted that there is growing concern regarding the ability of the Africa Group Negotiators (AGN) to sustain a common negotiating position.... 

COP 17 key for decision on carbon capture’s inclusion under CDM 

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th September 2011 The seventeenth conference of the parties (COP 17) negotiations on climate change in Durban were viewed as key for making decisions on whether or not carbon capture and storage (CCS) would be accepted under the clean development mechanism (CDM). Alstom Power global affairs VP Helle... 

EU wants firm decisions on legally binding climate agreement 

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th September 2011 While much of the focus for the Durban climate change conference was on getting the institutions under the Cancun Agreements up and running and deciding on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union (EU) is also pushing for an outline of the process towards a legally binding climate... 

Sanbi accredited as UN Adaptation Fund implementing entity

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th September 2011 The recently established Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has accredited the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) as a national implementing entity. The Adaptation Fund was established to finance adaptation... 

Funding shortfall will not impact COP 17 quality – Minister  

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th September 2011 International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said she was confident that South Africa would host an adequate seventeenth conference of the parties (COP 17) on climate change in Durban in November and December, despite a shortage of funds. “I promise we are ready [to... 

Level of ambition in climate talks a ‘serious concern’ − Zuma  

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th September 2011 The low level of ambition in climate change negotiations is a “serious concern”, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday, addressing 21 Environmental Ministers accompanied by negotiators and delegates from 43 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) member states gathered in... 

Climate technology mechanism team concludes first meeting 

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th September 2011 The technology executive committee (TEC), the policy arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC’s) Technology Mechanism, has concluded its inaugural meeting in Germany this weekend. After the three-day TEC meeting in Bonn, the UNFCCC said that important progress... 

SA needs strong, clear policy signals on climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd September 2011 Strong and clear policy signals are required from government on greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission reduction, says advisory firm KPMG in a report discussing ‘South Africa’s Carbon Chasm’. KPMG recommends that government indicate how it intends to achieve its overall commitment, what actions it... 

Zuma’s Norway visit to focus on trade, climate change 

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th August 2011 South African President Jacob Zuma’s State visit to Norway this week would largely focus on trade, development and climate change issues, the Presidency said in a statement. Trade between South Africa and Norway has been on the rise since 2001, and total trade flows increased from R746-million... 

Nkoana-Mashabane urges labour to support govt’s ambitions for COP 17 

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th August 2011 International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane urged organised labour representatives to work in partnership with government in its ambitions for the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) on climate change in Durban this year. 

Nedbank commits R9m to WWF water programme 

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th August 2011 Banking giant Nedbank has committed R9-million over five years towards the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) Water Balance programme, and would rehabilitate the priority catchment areas of the Enkangala Grasslands in Mpumalanga, and the Upper Umgeni in KwaZulu-Natal. Through Nedbank’s... 

Innovative climate funding key to low-emission development − UNDP 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     29th August 2011 Finance would play a key role in supporting green, low-emission and climate resilient development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) director for environmental finance Dr Yannick Glemarec said on Monday. But to support this development, particularly in developing and emerging... 

Game seeks to promote climate-change understanding

By: Schalk Burger     26th August 2011 Climate change is child’s play. At least, that is what the grade seven students from Ensingweni Primary Eco-School, near Mtunzini, in KwaZulu-Natal think after helping to develop a climate change game. 

SA to benefit should climate funding target be met, Manuel says  

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th August 2011 If the proposed Green Climate Fund committee were able to raise the $100-billion-a-year targeted for disbursement among developing countries by 2020, South Africa stood in line to receive between $1-billion and $2-billion of that amount, Minister in The Presidency Responsible for the National... 

Durban unveils low-carbon road map ahead of climate gathering 

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd August 2011 The Academy of Science of South Africa has produced a report highlighting climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities for the city of Durban entitled ‘Towards a Low Carbon City: Focus on Durban’. The report was commissioned by the eThekwini Municipality and provides 12 strategic... 

SAB says SA’s energy efficiency incentives remain deficient

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2011 The current set of incentives in place to support electricity conservation in South Africa are not conducive to multiple small savings initiatives, South African Breweries (SAB) manufacturing and technical director Clifford Raphiri tells Engineering News. Raphiri recently oversaw a series of... 

SA will seek to make COP 17 headway at big UN meet

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th August 2011 As she moved to quell fears that South Africa is not ready to host the seventeenth conference of the parties (COP 17) Incoming COP president and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that her department was focused on fostering political engagement and... 

Business needs stronger voice in global climate negotiations − De Boer  

By: Christy van der Merwe     16th August 2011 KPMG’s global climate change and sustainability advisor Yvo de Boer said on Tuesday that there should be more interaction between governments and the private sector on the international climate change negotiations, as decisions at this forum impacted on business. Formerly the United Nations... 

COP 17 carbon footprinting contract awarded

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Engineering and management consultancy Arup has been contracted by the eThekwini municipality to assist in calculating the carbon footprint of the seventeenth international Conference of the Parties (COP17) event, which will be held in Durban from November 28 to December 9. 

Cabinet to consider SA’s COP 17 negotiation stance in October

By: Tracy Hancock     12th August 2011 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa reported on Tuesday that South Africa’s negotiating position for the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, would be submitted for Cabinet approval in October. This is one of three key... 

Cabinet notes document on national climate change position 

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th August 2011 Cabinet has noted the national position for the negotiations on climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday. “Cabinet noted the document entitled ‘Key Messaging on Substantive Content Issues on the South... 

Business engaging with government on climate change 

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th August 2011 South African business is engaging with government on climate change policy issues in preparation of the seventeenth conference of parties (COP17), which would be held in Durban, in November and December. Speaking to Engineering News Online, Impala Platinum CEO David Brown, who is also the... 

More than 20% of SA cars still using lead-replacement petrol but only 1% need it 

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th August 2011 More than 20% of the cars in South Africa are still run on lead replacement petrol (LRP), despite only about 1% of them having a technical requirement for it. 

Acsa, Transnet negotiating sale of portion of old Durban International Airport site

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th August 2011 Negotiations between the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) and Transnet on the sale of a portion of the old Durban International Airport site are continuing, says ACSA group communications manager Solomon Makgale. 

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