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Climate Change News

Bank, conservation group have supported 170 projects over 20 years

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and South Africa’s fourth largest banking group Nedbank have donated over R100-million in funds towards the Green Trust, over the course of their partnership.  

SA seeks to mainstream climate change response, but obligations remain fuzzy

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd December 2010 As the world settles into another yearly round of global climate change negotiations in Cancún, Mexico - without much hope for a legally binding deal emerging, South Africa has taken an important climate change step with the release of the National Climate Change Response green paper by Water and... 

Cancun climate talks get under way, WWF says catch-up plan needed 

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th November 2010 The yearly global climate change negotiations kicked off on Monday in Cancun, Mexico, with fewer political leaders present, and lower expectations of forging a legally binding inclusive deal on climate change, than was the case at last year’s conference in Copenhagen. United Nations Framework... 

SA business leaders add voice to calls for climate change progress 

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2010 South African business leaders added their voice on Friday to those of hundreds of other chief executives from around the world in renewing calls for movement and collaboration on the international climate policy agenda at the upcoming meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The United Nations Climate Change... 

Cancun unlikely to deliver global climate deal – SA lead negotiator 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th November 2010 It was unlikely that the upcoming 16th conference of parties, or COP16, to be held in Cancun, Mexico later this month, will deliver a global agreement, Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general, and South Africa’s lead negotiator at the conference, Alf Wills said on Tuesday.... 

UNFCCC climate conference to be held in Durban next year

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th November 2010 The 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP17) would be held in Durban, from November 28, 2011 to December 9, 2011. Durban was announced as the venue for the conference in Parliament, after competing against Johannesburg and Cape Town to... 

Gold Fields, First Rand share top spot in carbon disclosure index

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th November 2010 Mining giant Gold Fields and banking group FirstRand have emerged as South Africa's top JSE-listed companies for disclosure of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data, scoring 93% on the South African Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). World number-one platinum-miner Anglo Platinum and... 

Property lagging other sectors in carbon disclosure 

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th November 2010 The property sector in South Africa was found to be lagging when it came to the measurement and disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions, as only two of the twelve JSE-listed real estate sector companies participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project 2010. The two companies that participated were... 

Cabinet approves draft climate policy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th November 2010 South Africa's draft national Climate Change Policy, known as the green paper, has been approved by Cabinet, and would be gazetted imminently, opening up the public comment process. Newly appointed Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said that following the comment phase, a... 

HFC blend has low global warming potential

12th November 2010 Gas company Afrox has introduced the Forane 427A, a new 100% hydrofluorocarbon blend offering a direct drop-in replacement solution for existing R-22 refrigerant installations across a broad spectrum of applications. This comes as the South African industry faces evertightening restrictions on... 

Eskom placed third in sustainability reporting awards 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2010 South African power utility Eskom on Friday boasted that it was named one of the top five companies in tax and advisory services company Ernst & Young's ‘Excellence in Sustainability Reporting Awards 2010'. Eskom came in the third place, after the Bidvest Group which took the top spot, and... 

National land degradation disaster looms for SA 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 If the impact of climate change on agricultural production, together with increasing land degradation is considered, the indications are that South Africa is heading for a national disaster, says International Erosion Control Association Southern Africa Chapter (IECA-SA) president Lehman Lindeque.  

New enviro precinct launched

29th October 2010 The Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province, and the landowners in the Giba Gorge area have launched the Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct. 

Fruit and wine industry confronts climate change challenges

By: Petronel Smit     22nd October 2010 The local fruit and wine industry is working on an initiative to decrease its carbon footprint, which mainly stems from fossil fuel-based activities, such as electricity consumption, diesel, fertilisers and packaging. 

WWF urges South Africa to be more sustainable

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th October 2010 South African government, private sector and civil society would need to work together to ensure that the value of nature and natural capital was measured and protected, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said this week, when it released the ‘Living Planet' report. "South Africa now faces real... 

Sonjica and MECs set environmental goals 

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th September 2010 In an attempt to step up service delivery, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Thursday signed a contract agreement with provincial Members of the Executive Council (MECs) responsible for the environmental portfolio, which identified a lengthy list of deliverables. 

SA partners with Denmark and Mexico to push for climate consensus

By: Christy van der Merwe     27th September 2010 A newly formed climate change ‘troika' urged developed countries to deliver on their pledges made in Copenhagen on ‘fast-start' financing to be made available to developing countries. The Troika, which was established between the governments of Denmark, Mexico and South Africa, said that... 

Newly launched atlas identifies viable sites for SA carbon storage  

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th September 2010 Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Friday launched the South African Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Atlas for the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) deep underground. The Atlas highlighted, at a theoretical level, that South Africa had about 150 Gigatons (Gt) of storage capacity, and... 

UK introduces Google Earth maps showing temperature rises 

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th September 2010 The UK government has produced an interactive Google Earth map, which highlighted the impacts that a 4 ºC average temperature increase would have on different regions of the world. The map aims at stimulating the climate change debate, as the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16), in Cancun, in... 

New website to track climate aid, key to UN talks

By: Reuters     3rd September 2010 A website launched on Friday will help track whether rich countries are keeping a pledge to come up with $30 billion in climate aid for the poor, seen by the UN as a "golden key" to progress in talks on global warming. The United Nations-backed site ( so far lists cash... 

South African risk and vulnerability atlas launched 

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th August 2010 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), with research done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), on Friday launched the South African risk and vulnerability atlas. The atlas was aimed at assisting decision-makers in identifying risk, and planning and mapping a... 

Climate policy to go before Cabinet this month 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd August 2010 South Africa's draft climate change policy, known as the green paper, would be submitted to Cabinet by the end of August, after which it would be gazetted for public comment, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said on Tuesday. DEA communications chief director Albi Modise further... 

Coal miners should get involved in drafting of climate policy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th July 2010 The coal industry must be organised and innovative when providing comments on the draft Climate Change policy, which is expected to be released imminently, said Imbewu legal sustainability specialists consultant Marie Parramon. She said that coal miners should not simply oppose the document, but... 

Yearly green investments of $440bn needed to meet climate target 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2010 Some $440-billion a year of additional global investments would be required between 2010 and 2015 to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the levels outlined in the Copenhagen Accord, a new United Nations report argues. The ‘World Investment Report 2010', which was published earlier this week... 

Four SA cities earmarked for big Africa green city review 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2010 German technology giant Siemens has commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to compile an ‘African Green City Index' by the beginning of 2011, ranking the greenest cities in 12 African countries, including four South African cities. The study follows on from the recent publication of... 

Business should embrace shift to low-carbon economy, EU climate commissioner asserts

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th July 2010 European Union (EU) commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard has urged business people to start immediately with the transition to a low carbon society. “While we are working hard politically at climate change negotiations, and establishing a global carbon price and so on, it is... 

Renewables scale-up core to Zille's sustainability road map 

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2010 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille officially released the Western Cape provincial government's (WCPG) strategic plan on environmental sustainability and resource-use efficiency in Cape Town on Wednesday, in which a target was set for generating 15% of the province's electricity from renewable... 

EU climate commissioner wants action on project financing pledges

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th June 2010 There are a "set of decisions on substantial issues" that should be tackled in the lead up to December's global climate change conference in Mexico - in particular the issue of financing from developed nations for projects in developing countries, said European Union (EU) commissioner for climate... 

Any future carbon taxes should be ‘revenue neutral’, 
accounting body argues

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th June 2010 She urges business to formulate a common position on carbon tax as a matter of urgency, pointing out that South Africa is behind the international curve. 

Cape Town using fan fest to showcase 
Green Goal initiative

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th June 2010 FIFA World Cup host city Cape Town is using the fan fest in the city to showcase its ‘Green Goal 2010’ environmental programme. 

SA backs Norway’s $1bn bid to advance carbon capture and storage

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2010 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has become the latest company to buy into the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), which is currently under construction in Norway, and which aims to further develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies - technologies viewed as a way to allow... 

SA backs Norway’s $1bn bid to advance carbon capture and storage

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2010 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has become the latest company to buy into the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), which is currently under construction in Norway, and which aims to further develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies - technologies viewed as a way to allow... 

Global carbon price platform required to help drive mitigation efforts 

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th June 2010 A "global uniform carbon price" was needed to ensure that adequate greenhouse gas emission mitigation took place to stop temperatures from rising to levels where dangerous climate changes would take place, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) structural policy analysis... 

Greening initiatives launched to offset World Cup carbon emissions 

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th June 2010 As the country prepares to welcome visitors for the imminent soccer spectacular, United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) outreach unit director Satinder Bindra said that he was in South Africa "to score an environmental goal or two", as stakeholders launched three initiatives under the... 

SA companies seek certainty on climate change policy – E&Y  

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd June 2010 The uncertainty around national climate change policy, regulations and timelines was negatively impacting South African companies' response to climate change, said consultancy firm Ernst and Young (E&Y) on Thursday, after conducting a survey on the matter. In a report, ‘Action amid uncertainty -... 

June will be a ‘watershed month’ for climate talks – WWF 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2010 As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) started in Bonn, Germany on Monday, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said that June would be a "watershed" month for global efforts towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future. The talks began on Monday, and the G8... 

Norway pushing for carbon capture to be included in CDM mix

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st May 2010 The Norwegian government continues to support the inclusion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as an acceptable technology under the clean development mechanism (CDM), as this would give companies and developing countries an incentive for CCS co-operation and technology deployment. “Fossil... 

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