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Climate Change News

Eskom at ‘severe' regulatory risk from climate change – study 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2010 South Africa's State-owned power utility Eskom, which produces about one-half of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, is at "severe regulatory risk", nationally and internationally, from climate change, a newly released study asserts. The 105-page report, entitled ‘Climate Change: Risks and... 

Methane flaring mitigating climate change – Anglo Thermal Coal 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2010 Methane flaring to mitigate climate change is under way at an Anglo American Thermal Coal operation. Anglo Thermal Coal CEO Norman Mbazima says that the R9-million project at the company's New Denmark colliery near Standerton involves the incorporation of two mobile flares into the mine's... 

SA carbon capture and storage delegation heads to Norway 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd May 2010 A delegation of South African carbon capture and storage (CCS) experts, researchers, and interested parties on Monday kicked off a research trip to Norway, seeking to enhance collaboration between the two countries, and draw on experience gained from what is regarded as one of the leading... 

Key developing country bloc puts climate ball back in rich-country court

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th April 2010 Ministers representing the Basic group (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) urged all so-called ‘Annex 1' countries (rich nations) to raise their level of ambition on greenhouse gas mitigation. They also reiterated that it would be impossible for developing countries to implement mitigation... 

‘Basic’ country bloc to meet on climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd April 2010 A meeting of environmental Ministers from the Basic countries (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) would take place in Cape Town on Sunday, where the Ministers would discuss developments in the international climate change arena. It was the second meeting of this nature since the global... 

More cohesion on climate change ‘urgently’ needed – China  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd April 2010 The world needed a strong global strategy and concrete working plans, with more cohesion and fewer arguments if an agreeable solution to climate change was to be reached, a Chinese official told diplomats in Johannesburg on Wednesday. China's National Development and Reform Commission's... 

Include Parliament in 'every step' of climate policy process – MP 

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st April 2010 As the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) continued working on the South African climate change policy, parliamentary representatives urged the Department to include the Portfolio Committee on water and environment in every forum where the policy was discussed before the draft document was... 

Greater carbon reduction urgency needed, expert says

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th April 2010 The mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was urgent and could not be delayed, as lags in the climate and physical systems of the Earth meant that the effects of such cuts would only be realised in years to come, South African National Biodiversity Institute climate change and... 

UN climate talk delegates agree to intensify negotiations 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2010 The first round of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks for the year concluded on Sunday with an agreement to intensify the negotiating schedule to enable a strong outcome in the Mexico meeting at the end of the year. Being the first meeting since the... 

South African chemicals industry takes steps to measure emissions 

By: Lindsey Berry     9th April 2010 The Responsible Care initiative developed by global chemical industry body The International Council of Chemical Associations, which aims to encourage the reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by chemical companies, has been launched in South Africa by the Chemical and Allied Industries’... 

Tshwane unveils ‘proactive’ flood disaster management blueprint

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th April 2010 The City of Tshwane has adopted a proactive and comprehensive Flood Incident Management Plan that it believes will improve the response and proactive management of flood incidents, especially in flood prone areas. 

French energy efficiency solutions company enters local market

By: Lindsey Berry     2nd April 2010 Sustainable energy solutions company Mexel Energy has announced its entry into the South African market.  

Joburg to be first Southern African city to sign Clinton energy contract

By: Lindsey Berry     26th March 2010 The City of Johannesburg is set to be the first organisation in sub-Saharan Africa to sign an energy performance contract (EPC) reported nongovernmental organisation the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) city director for the Johannesburg area John Less. 

Lack of clarity on climate regime ‘not good for business’  

By: Christy van der Merwe     18th March 2010 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has acceded that the lack of clarity with regard to the international climate change regime was "not good for business". "The future of the Kyoto Protocol is not clear, hence the future of the clean development mechanism is unclear," Water and... 

SA can play important role in low-carbon growth – Stern 

By: Christy van der Merwe     17th March 2010 UK government adviser on the economics of climate change and development Sir Nicholas Stern on Wednesday told South African business leaders that there were tremendous opportunities in South Africa for the development of low carbon, or ‘green' technologies, as the country had a tradition of... 

The Copenhagen Accord: What it means for South Africa 

16th March 2010 Creamer Media's Christy van der Merwe discusses climate change and carbon taxes in the South African context, with Marie Parramon and Andrew Gilder of Imbewu Legal Sustainability Specialists. 

South Africa seeks to make virtue of necessity with green-industries plan

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th March 2010 The South African government has given strong signals that the country’s energy intensity is no longer sustainable and has started to outline its low-carbon economy vision. To be sure, the move has as much to do with the prevailing electricity imbalances as it does with any international trends... 

African universities should step up climate research – Sonjica

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th March 2010 It was essential to strengthen the capacity of African universities to embrace and be involved in global climate change research, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday. Speaking at a South East African Climate Consortium (SEACC) conference, held in the... 

Manuel appointed to high-level UN panel

By: Sapa     10th March 2010 Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel will serve on a high-level United Nations Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. In a statement on Tuesday, his ministry said the group of 19 experts would be co-chaired by United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Ethiopian Prime Minister... 

Van Schalkwyk nominated to succeed De Boer as UN climate chief 

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th March 2010 The South African government has put forward the name of Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk to the United Nations (UN) to potentially lead the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The current UNFCCC executive secretary Yvo de Boer resigned from the position with... 

IMF working on $100bn ‘green fund’ – Strauss-Kahn 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th March 2010 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was “working on the idea of a green fund” to raise $100-billion a year by 2020 to mitigate the impacts of climate change on developing economies, IMF MD Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a conference in Kenya on Monday. He noted that climate change could “well be... 

Climate change mitigation and adaptation under way

By: Petronel Smit     5th March 2010 The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning’s communications and marketing manager Aziel Gangerdine says that the department has developed a climate change strategy and action plan, which positions the Western Cape favourably to implement climate change... 

SA businesses want clear environmental regulation policy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th March 2010 Although 90% of South African businesses believed that government exerts a strong influence on environmental practices through legislation and regulation, 77% of these businesses do not believe that the South African government has a consistent long-term environmental tax and regulation policy.... 

SA govt looking to nominate scientists for IPCC review 

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd February 2010 South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs has called for expressions of interest from South African scientists who would like to be involved in the compilation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth assessment report. The IPCC's fifth assessment report was being... 

Carbon tax discussion document to be released by mid-year 

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd February 2010 The National Treasury will release a discussion document on carbon tax by mid-2010, which would investigate measures to implement carbon pricing, spokesperson Thoraya Pandy said on Monday. A second discussion paper, dealing with emissions trading, was due for release early next year, she... 

More countries pledge to cut emissions under Copenhagen Accord 

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd February 2010 Some 70 developed and developing countries, responsible for about 80% of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, had submitted emission mitigation pledges to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) by Monday. Initially, the Copenhagen Accord had outlined the... 

UN climate chief Yvo de Boer resigns

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th February 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) executive secretary Yvo de Boer on Thursday announced that he would be resigning from his position as of July 1, to take up a position at consultancy KPMG as the global adviser on climate and sustainability. De Boer, who has led the... 

SA business urged to take climate action early 

By: Christy van der Merwe     17th February 2010 Operating in a "carbon-constrained world" brought up issues of innovation and competitiveness that business in South Africa would need to recognise and decide how it would be involved. "I believe that the window is open for the South African economy to get in on things that will change the... 

Greenhouse targets no burden on business - Sonjica 

By: Sapa     15th February 2010 South Africa's proposed targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, if they are adopted, will not place an extra burden on the country's business sector, Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Monday. "[I want] to allay the fear of business... This is not an extra burden on business," she... 

Govt urged to be clear on climate policy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th February 2010 To make South Africa competitive in a future where the carbon footprint of a product would be a determinant for trade, the South African government would need to reassess the previously successful energy intensive strategy, which was based on cheap electricity from coal and high emissions.... 

Sonjica and business meet over emission reductions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2010 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Friday met representatives from Business Unity South Africa (Busa) to clarify the government's greenhouse gas reduction undertaking made to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in January. Business leaders... 

World Energy Council’s Schock to address SA conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2010 London-based World Energy Council (WEC) director of studies Dr Robert Schock would be in South Africa to address delegates at the Energy Indaba in Johannesburg in February. Schock would facilitate a conference session focused on technology where new global technology trends in energy would be... 

SA signs climate cooperation agreement with Australia 

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th February 2010 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica and Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean on Friday signed a letter of intent that would frame future bilateral cooperation on climate change matters. Australia and South Africa have been cooperating on climate change matters under a... 

Copenhagen generates more heat than light for business and policymakers

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th February 2010 Those who were expecting clarity and resolution on how the world would tackle climate change beyond 2012 to emerge from the Copenhagen conference in December, will have to wait.  

SA's renewable sector could create over 145 000 jobs by 2020 

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th January 2010 A recent report from international research organisation the Global Climate Network (GCN) has indicated that some 36 400 new direct jobs, and 109 100 indirect jobs could be created in the renewable energy sector in South Africa by 2020. Furthermore, as many as 700 000 people could be employed in... 

Banks can be bailed-out, but not the planet, warns King 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th January 2010 Business had to begin accepting that the milieu in which it operated had changed and that it was facing more than just an economic crisis, King Committee on Corporate Governance chairperson Professor Mervyn King said on Monday. He told delegates at a 2010 economic outlook conference, hosted by... 

'Basic' country bloc agrees to 2010 climate timetable

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th January 2010 The environmental Ministers of the so-called Basic group of countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring an agreed outcome at the global climate change conference scheduled for Mexico toward the end of 2010. The Basic countries also... 

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