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Climate Change News

Firm identifies sustainability megaforces that will affect business

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 Business has, over the past 20 years, recognised how it impacts on the world, but only recently has it become evident how the world affects the way in which companies do business, reports professional services firm KPMG. 

Organisation says efficiency initiatives a success

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th August 2012 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) reports that its Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) programme and the Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement (IEE) project have achieved some successes since their inception. 

Global warming could benefit potato industry 

By: Yolandi Booyens     10th August 2012 Climate change could result in a positive outcome for the potato industry and possibly lead to potatoes becoming one of the top staple crops in the world, says University of Pretoria (UP) Potato Pathology Programme manager Dr Jacquie van der Waals. She says the potato appears to be the only crop,... 

Technique developed to see pollutants through cloud formations

27th July 2012 A satellite technique to better estimate concentrations of pollutants, such as soot, through cloud cover has been developed by University of Iowa (UI) scientists, the university said in a statement. 

Geo-engineering concept punted as possible climate change mitigator

20th July 2012 Dispersing fine light-scattering particles into the upper atmosphere could help combat climate change, suggests a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Royal Academy of Engineering chartered chemical engineer Peter Davidson. 

DEA breaks ground on R8bn ‘green’ head office 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2012 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Thursday broke ground on its new R8-billion head office in Pretoria, which will be South Africa’s first government-owned green building. The building, which was designed to meet the green output specifications outlined in the Climate Change... 

Carbon emission targets lack ambition – Basic Ministers 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th July 2012 Ministers from the Brazil, South Africa, India and China (Basic) grouping raised concerns on Friday over the lack of ambition shown by industrialised countries party to the Kyoto Protocol through the quantified emission limitation or reduction objectives (QELROs). Brazil External Relations Vice... 

Solar roof construction at Vodacom building progressing 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2012 The construction of a 500 kWp single-roof photovoltaic solar array on telecommunications group Vodacom’s Century City, Cape Town, building, was well under way, engineering and management consultancy WSP Group reported. The project, which was expected to be complete in August, comprised the... 

Gigaba unveils climate change policy framework for State firms 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     5th July 2012 The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Thursday launched the Climate Change Policy Framework for State-owned companies (SOCs), a move which Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa hailed as an “important step” in transitioning to a greener economy. Public Enterprises Minister... 

Assess sustainable development progress, says Zuma

By: Sapa     22nd June 2012 The world must assess what progress has been made in creating a sustainable future, President Jacob Zuma said in Brazil on Thursday. "Have the financial, technical and capacity constraints of developing countries been enhanced to such an extent that they can achieve poverty eradication and... 

Eskom, TIA call for ocean-energy innovation bids

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2012 The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and State-owned power utility Eskom launched an ‘open innovation challenge’ on Friday, through which they hope to stimulate the development of commercially viable ocean-current-energy technologies. Submissions are being sought from inventors, small and... 

WWF warns of over-consumption, calls for sustainable policies 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th May 2012 The ever-growing demand for resources, driven by a growing global population, which could hit 10.9-billion by 2050, is putting “tremendous” pressure on the planet’s biodiversity and is threatening South Africa’s future security, health and well-being, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said in... 

Corobrik could double earnings from Lawley CDM project

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     10th April 2012 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has agreed to change the registered carbon credit project for South African brick manufacturer Corobrik to double the carbon credits earned from the Fuel Switch project at its Lawley factory, in Johannesburg. The project was... 

Three major airliner manufacturers cooperate on aviation biofuels

By: Keith Campbell     6th April 2012 Three of the world’s biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers recently announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop easily applicable and affordable aviation biofuels. The companies are Airbus of Europe, Boeing of the US and Embraer of Brazil. The three... 

Omnia CDM project to receive over a million emission credits

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th March 2012 Chemicals producer Omnia has been issued more than a million emission credits for the clean development mechanism (CDM) project at its nitric acid production facility, in Sasolburg. The JSE-listed company reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions from the plant by 98%, after the incorporation of the... 

Three major airliner companies to cooperate on aviation biofuels

By: Keith Campbell     23rd March 2012 On Thursday, three of the world’s biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers announced that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop easily applicable and affordable aviation biofuels. The companies are Airbus of Europe, Boeing of the US and Embraer of Brazil. The... 

European aerospace, airline CEOs in emissions appeal to four PMs

By: Keith Campbell     23rd March 2012 Three leading European aerospace manufacturers and six of the continent’s airlines have jointly appealed to the Prime Ministers of France, Germany, Spain and the UK to ensure that the European Union’s (EU’s) recently and unilaterally introduced emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be discussed in... 

Anglo Zimele reports substantial interest in Green Fund

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2012 Anglo American enterprise development arm Zimele reported on Tuesday an “overwhelmingly” positive response from small enterprises in its Green Fund, with over 100 responses since its launch in November last year. Zimele committed R100-million over seven years to its Zimele Green Fund – an amount... 

South African businesses urged to assess water supply risk  

By: Henry Lazenby     12th March 2012 About 85% of water-intensive users among the JSE’s Top 100 companies are exposed to water-related risk, with 70% believing that their operations could be directly affected in the near term, a report revealed on Monday. However, most companies still needed to identify water risk in their supply... 

European aviation CEOs appeal to EU Prime Ministers over emissions scheme

By: Keith Campbell     12th March 2012 Three leading European aerospace manufacturers and six of the continent’s airlines have jointly appealed to the Prime Ministers of France, Germany, Spain and the UK to ensure that the European Union’s (EU’s) recently and unilaterally introduced emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be discussed in... 

Philips launches energy efficient lighting company 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2012 Philips on Thursday launched a new company offering total project solutions in switching to energy efficient lighting solutions for public- and private-sector buildings and businesses. Philips Lighting Solutions, which initially aimed to target commercial and industrial industries, offered... 

Industry body highlights environment, pricing as priorities

2nd March 2012 Among its priorities for this year and beyond, there are none more crucial to the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) than the promotion of steel as a green product, the protection of the local consumer – especially from the importation of substandard and dangerous products,... 

Determining carbon tax rate a fine balancing act – Treasury  

By: Henry Lazenby     29th February 2012 Determining the correct rate for a carbon tax in South Africa is a fine balancing act, National Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat said on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch of conservation organisation Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa’s discussion paper on carbon tax... 

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... 

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