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Climate Change News

UK supports SA prosperity, low-carbon growth projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th February 2012 The British High Commission has made £1-million (about R12-million) available for projects relating to prosperity, trade and low-carbon growth in South Africa. This formed part of a global fund, which aimed to build prosperity by increasing exports and investments, opening markets, ensuring... 

Firm attains highest construction company carbon disclosure rating

17th February 2012 Construction firm Group Five has achieved the highest rating of any JSE Top 100-listed construction company in the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). 

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions 

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science. Members of the contributing team are drawn from from 12... 

Impact of Green Climate Fund to receive attention at power event 

10th February 2012 The launch of the Green Climate Fund at the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will have a significant impact on the generation sector, says events organiser African Utility Week director Claire Volkwyn. 

Investment in renewables to boost SA energy reputation 

10th February 2012 Increased investment in the local renewable energy sector will increase South Africa’s global reputation as a viable source and supplier of alternative energy sources, such as solar power, says technology and equipment company DuPont sub-Saharan Africa regional director Carlman Moyo. 

Deadline extended for climate awards entries 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2012 The Climate Change Leadership Awards (CCLA) has extended its closing date for entries from January 31 to February 10 this year to allow for the uptake in environmental activity surrounding the seventeenth Conference Of the Parties (COP 17). 

COP 17 expo used yearly energy equivalent of 24 US households

3rd February 2012 The two-week Climate Change Response Expo, held in Durban during the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, used the same electricity as 24 US households do during one year, says smart device research and development company... 

South Africa to replace all incandescent bulbs by 2016

27th January 2012 The South African government has announced that it will be the first African nation to adopt a comprehensive phase-out policy for inefficient lighting. 

R100m fund to redress green market failure

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 Global mining major Anglo American’s recently launched green-focused fund is set to rectify an inherent market failure that has prevented the entry of sustainable and innovative green technologies and concepts into the local market. 

Kyoto Protocol pushes implementation of corporate mitigation strategies

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol is driving the adoption of mitigation and adaptation strategies by local corporates and, while extensive commitment to the CDM has been less widespread than anticipated, over 100 South African projects have been registered thus far. 

Group advocates conservation agriculture for food security

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 Agricultural producer organisation Agri South Africa (Agri SA) is advising its members to practise conservation agriculture to mitigate the increasing threats associated with climate change and to ensure food security, says Agri SA director of natural resources Nic Opperman. 

Progressive businesses to thrive in a climate-changed economy

By: Natalie Greve     27th January 2012 Organisations that take advantage of the opportunities provided by climate change challenges to distinguish themselves from competitors, and that are willing to embrace mitigation and adaptation strategies, are set to prosper in the anticipated climate-changed economy, says corporate governance... 

Sexwale to join Antarctica climate change expedition 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th January 2012 Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale will be joining a climate change expedition to the Antarctica this weekend. The expedition, called Destination: Reality 2012, aimed to resolve doubts about the seriousness of climate change and the crisis facing the world, the Human Settlements Department... 

SA urged to act before EU carbon project window closes in Dec 

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2012 Climate finance practitioners and regulators have urged South African developers of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects to finalise their applications for registration of such projects with the United Nations during the first quarter of 2012, or face being excluded from the key European... 

Better scientific understanding of link between climate change, food security needed 

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2012 Scientists should increasingly make critical contributions to ensure food security and environmental sustainability, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) systems ecologist Dr Bob Scholes said on Friday, adding that there was a need to better understand the link between climate... 

Alstom deputy CEO calls for long-term policies for the deployment of clean energy technologies

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2011 Politicians should frame long-term policies to enable the safe and economical deployment of clean energy technologies, which, currently, is the greatest challenge the world faces, said global power-generation and transmission giant Alstom deputy CEO Philippe Joubert. 

SA should consider placing a price on carbon 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     14th December 2011 Policy makers in South Africa would have to focus their efforts on placing a price on carbon in the next few years, said Paul Curnow, Sydney-based partner with global law firm Baker & McKenzie. Like Australia, which plans to introduce a carbon tax in July 2012, South Africa would have to look at... 

SA team insists COP 17 was a success, but accepts serious gaps remain  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th December 2011 Africa, small developing island States and least developed countries maintained the “moral high ground” during the recent seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) that helped to create and sustain “pressure” on key issues, including the activation of the Green Climate Fund, South Africa’s... 

COP 17 breathes life into climate fund, sets agenda for future treaty

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     12th December 2011 ‎The two-week-long seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) came to an end in Durban this weekend with a fund launched to help poor nations fight climate change, countries agreeing to negotiate a legally binding deal on emissions reductions by 2015 to take effect by 2020, and the Kyoto... 

Countries still committed to launching $100bn climate fund 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th December 2011 Nations from around the world remained committed to launching the $100-billion Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Durban as one of the successful outcomes of the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17), COP 17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, also South Africa’s International Relations and... 

EU climate chief urges US, China to come on board

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th December 2011 The success of reaching a deal at the global climate change talks in Durban now depended on a “few countries” coming on board to commit to a climate change road map, EU climate change commissioner Connie Hedegaard said on Friday. The responsibility rested “heavily on the shoulders” of those,... 

All government tiers must prepare for green infrastructure future 

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2011 Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Lechesa Tsenoli has urged academic institutions, researchers, business intelligence organisations and governmental structures at all levels to work together to start detailed and long-term planning for green infrastructure, including renewable... 

Cities sign climate change adaptation charter

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     8th December 2011 The 'Durban Adaptation Charter for Local Governments', which was signed by more than 100 cities from around the world this week, stressed the need for mainstream climate change adaptation as a key informant of all local government development planning. eThekwini municipality mayor James Nxumalo... 

Mainstream wind, solar projects worth R5bn advance to next stage

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2011 A consortium led by global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power reports that South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has named three of its wind and solar projects, representing a combined capacity of 230 MW, among the initial 28 to have progressed to the preferred-bidder... 

SA’s top companies rate high in carbon disclosure 

7th December 2011 The JSE’s Top 100 companies are highly rated for their responsiveness in disclosing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and for voluntarily working to reduce them, but these companies are still major contributors to South Africa’s high emissions, the latest 'Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)' report has... 

'Blue carbon' policy framework seeks inclusion of coastal marine areas

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th December 2011 The first policy framework outlining activities needed to include coastal marine areas has been presented in the ‘Blue Carbon Policy Framework’ report this week, highlighting the need for voluntary carbon markets to take coastal marine ecosystems into account. This includes mangroves, tidal... 

SA unveils the names of first 28 preferred renewables bidders 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2011 South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has officially disclosed the names of the first 28 renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) preferred bidders, which now have until June 2012 to take their projects to financial closure. The projects were among an initial batch of 53 bids... 

Durban negotiations 'constructive', says Figueres

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th December 2011 Negotiations were proceeding in a “constructive and productive” manner, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres said at a press briefing at the climate change talks in Durban on Tuesday evening. Issues related to technology were at a level of... 

World cannot accept ‘no’ for an answer in Durban – UN chief

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     7th December 2011 The business community has an important part to play in the fight against climate change, United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon said at a press briefing on Tuesday evening. He supported this statement in his address at the opening of the high-level Ministerial negotiations at the... 

Development banks move to help cities fight climate change

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 Five multilateral development banks (MDBs), which loan some $8.4-billion a year for climate action in cities, agreed this week on a new partnership to better coordinate and deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change. The African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian... 

Developed world must honour climate finance commitments – Sisulu  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 Africa is concerned about the slow disbursement of the financial resources pledged by countries as “fast-start" finance, and has urged developed nations to honour their commitments, speaker of South Africa’s National Assembly, Max Sisulu, said this week at an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)... 

Power utilities seek clarity on carbon market future

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 There is a need for a global carbon market, European utility EDF VP for sustainable development Claude Nahon told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. As the seventeenth Conference of the Parties, or COP 17, entered the second and final week of negotiations, the future of a second commitment... 

Electricity utilities collaborate on climate change 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th December 2011 The Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) was launched in Durban on Tuesday, bringing together 25 utilities from around the world to collaborate on climate change, while the international negotiations on climate change continued in parallel. The utilities, including South Africa’s Eskom, represent... 

Strong growth in CDM projects in Africa 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th December 2011 Africa is experiencing “exponential growth” in clean development mechanism (CDM) projects, Africa Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) manager Glenn Hodes said on Monday, as the future of the United Nations-backed carbon market remained uncertain. The first commitment period of Kyoto Protocol, the... 

$100bn climate fund ‘badly needed’ – World Bank economist 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th December 2011 The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is “badly needed”, World Bank lead economist and regional climate change coordinator Raffaello Cervigni said this week, as negotiations over setting up the fund, which aims to help poorer countries fight climate change, suffered setbacks at the international climate... 

Heated debate over $100bn climate fund, says Saudi Arabia adviser

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     1st December 2011 Negotiators on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to disburse $100-billion a year for climate financing among developing countries by 2020, entered into a “heated debate” at the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) this week, Dr Mohammed Al-Sabban, a senior economic adviser to... 

COP 17 events progressing well – Minister  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th November 2011 With the third day of the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) kicking off in Durban on Wednesday, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told Engineering News Online that South Africa was still heading into the climate talks with “realistic expectations”. She said that a... 

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