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Climate Change News

SA businesses to feel climate change impacts

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Independent commercial law firm Deneys Reitz reports that climate change and all its associated effects are going to have a significant effect on South African businesses. 

Fuel giant drives 
risk assessment 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Energy company Engen has introduced a risk assessment profiling (RAP) tool as part of its five-year spill intervention programme to further drive its zero tolerance on fuel spillage and leakage. 

R12,5m air pollution project under way 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The South African government has contracted environmental monitoring company SI Analytics to measure the pollution levels for the five-year, R12,5-million Highveld priority area project, which started in August 2008. 

Corrugated pallets to help reduce carbon footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th October 2009 Corrugated pallet manufacturer CX Pallets, located in Johannesburg, reports that there is ever increasing pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprint and incorporate more environment-friendly products in the supply chain. 

‘Fresh money’ needed for technology transfer at December climate talks – Norway

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th October 2009 Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim has reaffirmed that “there must be fresh money on the table at Copenhagen for technology transfer and adaptation schemes”. Solheim was addressing South African journalists visiting Norway, and discussed the highly... 

Lack of political will threatens Copenhagen climate talks 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2009 The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that a lack of political will could divert the world from achieving a climate deal in Copenhagen, with WWF Global Climate Initiative leader Kim Carstensen saying that Copenhagen should not become another Doha, for which negotiations have continued for... 

Global body launches alternative-fuels service

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2009 A dramatic growth is expected worldwide in the use of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and hybrid vehicles, more than doubling their use in the next decade in helping address the issues of climate change and energy security, according to the International Fuel Quality... 

Second-generation biofuels on the brink of commercial breakthrough, says study

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2009 Pretreatment and gasification technologies are on the verge of making second-generation biofuels a commercial reality, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, entitled ‘Worldwide Market Analysis of Second Generation Biofeedstock’. 

Government looks to CCS to drive its environmental 

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 At the launch of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage in Sandton, last month, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters outlined government’s road map for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in South Africa. 

Group aims to 
curb emissions

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) company Sasol has set tough targets to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in existing and new coal-to-liquids processes. To achieve these goals, Sasol CEO Pat Davies has indicated that the group would invest significantly in carbon capture and storage... 

Firms increase carbon transparency as SA moves to make practice mandatory 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2009 South African resources and industrial groups, many of which are involved in what would be considered highly carbon-intensive business activities, featured strongly in the top 15 positions of the 2009 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report, which was topped by banking group Nedbank. The report,... 

2010 soccer World Cup emissions to soar – Minister

By: Reuters     19th October 2009 Carbon emissions from next year's soccer World Cup are expected to soar from the 2006 benchmark set by Germany, but host South Africa said on Monday it would invest in carbon credits to mitigate the impact. Emissions accelerate global warming and major sports events, including the Olympics and... 

Findings of ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report’ 
to be discussed at November conference

By: Leandi Kolver     16th October 2009 The majority of South Africa’s companies are not implementing environmentally sustainable business strategies, according to TerraNova Research’s ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report 2009’.


Cape Town susceptible to effects of sea level rise – new study

By: Jade Davenport     16th October 2009 Global climate change predictions suggest that, amongst others, sea level rise and an increase in the intensity and frequency of storm events may have a significant impact on coastlines across the globe.  

Insurers have role to play in 
climate change mitigation

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 The report named ‘The Climate Risk Challenge - The role of insurance in pricing climate-related risks’, explains that there is a strong need to create a structure of sustainable, market-friendly incentives for climate risk adaptation and mitigation. 

SA has signficant bioenergy production capability – academic

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 South Africa has the intellectual capital and natural resources to produce renewable bioenergy to power cars, contribute to the national power grid and create thousands of jobs, according to Stellenbosch University’s Professor Johann Görgens. 

Companies lauded for 
being open about their 
carbon footprints

By: Darren Parker     9th October 2009 Insurance company Allianz, energy company Consolidated Edison, infrastructure systems provider EMC, home, health and personal-care product supplier Reckitt Benckiser, technology producer Siemens, chemicals group BASF, airplane maker Boeing and network provider Cisco Systems were among the global... 

Busa calls for sustainable and balanced climate change deal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2009 Business should play a positive role in creating a new global climate change agreement that would be “sustainable and more successful than the Kyoto Protocol”, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Tuesday. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC’s) global... 

WWF calls for strict global ‘carbon budget’

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd October 2009 Coinciding with the global climate change discussions currently taking place in Bangkok, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Friday released an offering to governments for discussion, entitled ‘Sharing the effort under a global carbon budget’, and called for strict implementation of a global... 

'Decisive action' needed on climate change 

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd October 2009 Consensus on the science of climate change had emerged at various meetings of the major economies, however, it was hoped that this consensus would "translate into decisive action", said French Embassy deputy head of mission first counsellor Phillippe Orliange. He said he hoped for a major... 

Active antenna solution could 
help reduce carbon emissions

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd October 2009 Global communications network solutions and services provider Nokia Siemens Networks and international mobile telecommunications company Vodafone have successfully tested a new antenna technology designed to reduce carbon emissions and improve the cost efficiency of mobile phone networks for... 

Calls for CCS technology to be included under CDM

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th September 2009 Speakers at the South African Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) conference on Wednesday agreed that including CCS under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) would be imperative in driving the technology forward, particularly in the developing world. International Energy Agency analyst Brendan... 

CCS technology can help SA reduce emissions - Minister   

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th September 2009 "We cannot neglect any technology that will assist us to address the matters of energy security and climate change," said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday, as she officially opened the South African Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) conference. She explained that although South Africa did... 

Multiutility Inga model questioned and defended

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2009 A South African electrical engineer has raised serious concerns about the wisdom of pursuing the multibillion-dollar Inga hydroelectricity project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a regional endeavour, capitalised solely through equity finance from the five founding shareholder... 

SA to host carbon capture and storage conference

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th September 2009 South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters will on Tuesday officially open the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) conference, which aims at raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of implementing this technology. As an emerging economy with a coal-based energy economy, the South... 

Nedbank to spend R20m in a bid to become carbon neutral  

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th September 2009 Known as the ‘green’ financial institution, Nedbank has announced its ambitions to become carbon neutral, at a likely cost of up to R20-million, but CEO Tom Boardman is quick to add that investments in environmental responsibility are paying off. 

Challenging ventilation shaft at Ingulu hydropower project is complete

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2009 Contractor Atlantis Drill has sunk its largest diameter hole through a 23-m pre-sunk concrete collar of 234-m ventilation shaft at the Ingula project near Van Reenen with a Sandvik Reamer, which MD Sarel Smit confesses was not just a milestone, but sometimes did give team some “anxious moments”. 

World leaders meet on climate change in New York

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd September 2009 Almost 100 world leaders descended on New York as the United Nations (UN) held its summit on climate change on Tuesday, aimed at mobilising political will and strengthening momentum for a fair, effective, and ambitious climate deal in Copenhagen in December. According to UN Secretary-General... 

Business leaders call for ‘robust' climate deal  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd September 2009 South African companies Absa, Nedbank, Pick ‘n Pay, Santam, Sanlam and Sappi joined business leaders from over 500 global companies to sign ‘The Copenhagen Communiqué', urging world leaders to agree on an "ambitious, robust and equitable" global deal on climate change, and warned that business... 

SA to release draft climate change policy by month-end

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th September 2009 The Department of Environmental Affairs would release South Africa's draft climate change policy for comment by the end of September, said Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Tuesday. She said that she had seen a the draft document at a recent workshop, and this draft, which was... 

SA not ‘compromising anything' at climate change negotiations - Sonjica  

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th September 2009 Five weeks of "tough" climate change negotiations awaited South Africa's negotiators before the global climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December, and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica remained adamant that South Africa's "responsibilities are different, because our... 

R&D investment of at least $100bn needed to fight climate change – World Bank

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th September 2009 Research and development investment in the order of between $100-billion and $700-billion a year was needed to help solve the world’s climate problems, the World Bank’s ‘World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change’ highlighted on Tuesday. This would be a “major increase” on the... 

New turbine for generation of undersea power – Alstom 

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2009 New turbines were being developed to generate electrical power from undersea currents, Alstom country president Didier Farez revealed at the Actom launch in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Speaking at the unveiling of the new corporate livery of Actom – formerly Alstom Electrical Industries – Farez... 

Solid growth in solar 
thermal installations

By: Leandi Kolver     11th September 2009 Solar thermal heating, which harnesses the sun’s energy for domestic water heating, space heating, and other industrial processes, expanded by 19 GW of the thermal heating equivalent to reach 147 GW of capacity in 2007. 

SA will not commit to growth-threatening climate targets 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2009 The South African government would establish a reconfigured inter-Ministerial committee to formulate a national programme for climate change, as well as the country's formal negotiation stance ahead of global climate negotiations in December. But Cabinet reiterated on Thursday that it was not... 

Sweden's environmental technology sector ‘thriving', PM tells SA seminar 

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th September 2009 Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt on Thursday said that the environmental technology sector in Sweden was "thriving", as the country became more focused on developing technology to protect the environment. Reinfelt was addressing delegates at the opening of the Symbiocity seminar in... 

WWF names high-profile personalities as climate champions  

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th September 2009 Nedbank CEO Tom Boardman, Lereko Group executive chairperson Valli Moosa, Shanduka chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa and top academic Dr Mamphela Ramphele were on Tuesday announced as Climate Champions, as chosen by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). As climate champions, the high-profile... 

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