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Climate Change News

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... 

SA wants technology diffusion to developing countries at centre of Copenhagen deal 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 Predictable financial flows, technology transfer and capacity building for developing countries are the imperatives sought by South African Department of Water and Environmental Affairs negotiators as they prepare for the global climate change negotiations at Copenhagen (the fifteenth conference... 

Swedish PM Reinfeldt to open SA SymbioCity seminar

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will be opening the SymbioCity seminar – focusing on the Swedish project of the same name that promotes holistic and sustainable urban development by finding synergies in urban functions and unlocking their efficiency and profitability – in Johannesburg.... 

SA wants technology diffusion to developing countries at centre of Copenhagen deal

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 Predictable financial flows, technology transfer and capacity building for developing countries are the imperatives sought by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs negotiators, as they prepare for the global climate change negotiations at Copenhagen (the 15th conference of the... 

South Africa starts coming to grips with 
economic impacts of climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th September 2009 South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs has recognised that climate change is a major threat to economic growth, sustainable development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and will release the country’s ‘draft zero’ Climate Change policy for comment in September. 

'Maize-based ethanol can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 50%'

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 Newer corn ethanol facilities show that modern processes can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 50% compared to petrol, according to the ‘Improvements in Life Cycle Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Ethanol’ analysis. 

Biofuels forecast to account for 46,1% of ‘unconventional fuel’ growth in next 20-odd years

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 The world’s liquid fuels supply will grow 22% from 86,2-million barrels per day (mbpd) in 2007 to 105,4 mbpd in 2030, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections in the 2009 Annual Energy Outlook. 

Nampak bankrolls roll-out of recycling banks at shopping centres, office parks

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 By the end of September, 20 strategically chosen located north of Johannesburg will have been fitted with recycling banks and will be ready to deal with any garbage thrown their way. 

SA academics taking part in global bioenergy initiative

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 A new project has been launched at the University of Stellenbosch in response to the growing uncertainty about whether the world should look to bioenergy, such as biofuels, heat and electricity, to play a prominent role in the future. 

Carbon capture seen as transition measure as SA moves to cut fossil fuel reliance 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th August 2009 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) was a transition measure between South Africa’s reliance on fossil fuels to a greater reliance on nuclear or renewable energy forms, South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) senior manager Tony Surridge said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Energy... 

CDM projects picking up again after global crisis slowed development

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th August 2009 The value of the carbon market was about $118-billion in 2008, which represented an 84% increase in the total value of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions traded in 2007, with the volume of GHG emissions reductions traded in 2008 reaching four-billion tons - a 42% increase on the volume... 

Copenhagen Consensus Centre launches climate change project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2009 The Copenhagen Consensus Centre has launched the ‘Climate Change Project’, which was designed to promote informed debate about innovative ways to respond to global warming, ahead of the fast approaching global negotiations in Copenhagen in December. The organisation would release what it called... 

UN climate change negotiations get under way in Bonn

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th August 2009 Global climate change talks, leading up to the Copenhagen conference in December, started in Bonn, Germany this week, and South Africa was represented at these informal talks by Department of Environmental Affairs negotiators. The aim of the talks was to pave the way to fair agreement, which... 

Climate change presents opportunity to move into new growth areas – CSIR

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th August 2009 Achieving economic growth and tackling climate change were not divergent issues, and a number of countries were seeing them as an opportunity to re-orientate some of their industries, by getting “out of the old failing industries and into new growth areas of green technology”, said Council for... 

Africa united at climate change negotiations 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th August 2009 Africa’s position at climate change negotiations was viewed as unified and strong, in fact, as a region, Africa was “probably the most unified”, said Department of Environmental Affairs international cooperation DDG Alf Wills. He added that developing countries, in general, were unified on the... 

Companies urged to slash their 
environmental impacts

By: Leandi Kolver     31st July 2009 Companies needed to consider the impact that creating their product has on the environment, noted consulting firm LMI research fellow Taylor Wilkerson at the recent Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa conference, pointing out that the biggest environmental challenges came... 

€400bn transcontinental solar-energy venture 
gains heavyweight backers

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2009 Over the next three years a group of 12 large European companies will seek to map out investment plans of an ambitious transcontinental renewable-energy project, which proponents argue could supply up to 15% of Europe’s electricity requirements by 2050 and involve an investment of around... 

Chartered Accountants Institute unveils ‘Green’ book  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd July 2009 In promoting sustainability and sustainable reporting, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has launched ‘Green’, a book tackling the issue of why corporate leaders should embrace sustainability and ensure profitability. ‘Green’ author Graham Terry said that his... 

British Minister says SA plays positive role in climate change talks

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th July 2009 South Africa’s contribution to climate change negotiations was viewed as “very very welcome”, and the country was “playing a very positive role”, said British Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock on Tuesday. Addressing participants at the British High Commission in Pretoria, by way of... 

$160bn structure needed for developing nations to deal with climate change 

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th July 2009 A new global financial architecture would be an important part of the global climate change deal intended to replace the Kyoto Protocol post 2012, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has suggested that this system would need to generate at least $160-billion a year. As the high-profile... 

More low-carbon technology inventions needed to combat climate change – report

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th July 2009 The fight against climate change would not be won unless a “revolution” in the use of existing low-carbon technology, and numerous new inventions took hold, said the Global Climate Network (GCN) in its report released on Wednesday. Entitled ‘Breaking through on technology’, the report was... 

SA’s emission reduction plan lacks action – WWF  

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 While South Africa had commendable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, and played a positive role in international climate change negotiations, implementation and action on the ground was said to be lacking. “South Africa has the most comprehensive plan … on how we can reduce our... 

WWF urges G8 summit to take action on climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 As the Group of Eight (G8) countries prepare for the G8 summit in Italy next week, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has urged leaders to put meaningful climate change action at the top of the agenda, and issued the top industrialised nations with their ‘climate change scorecards’. Issues on... 

Opening up trade could have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions – report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2009 Opening up trade and combating climate change could be mutually supportive towards realising a low-carbon economy, a report published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep) stated on Friday. Examining the implications of... 

Separate tariffs may be required for large- and small-scale PV installations

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 In order to establish a functioning renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) for South Africa, Camco director Jonathan Curren suggests in the Socio-Economic Impacts and Regulatory Framework Requirements for a Solar PV Feed-in Tariff in South Africa study that two feed-in tariffs be established;... 

Levy on nonrenewable electricity to become effective July 1 

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th June 2009 The 2c/kWh tax on electricity generated from non-renewable resources would be implemented starting July 1. The tax, which was first suggested in the 2008 Budget by the Minister of Finance at the time, Trevor Manuel, was initially delayed, but would now come into effect, confirmed National... 

Industrial giant shows 
greenhouse gas leadership

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 Diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company GE has surpassed its first ‘ecomagination’ goal to reduce its own greenhouse gas intensity. 

KZN hopes to highlight waste-management progress and challenges through awards

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) in conjunction with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs are calling on all waste management organisations in KZN to enter their annual Waste Management Awards. 

Paper group to team up with 
street collectors for recycling cause

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 It is estimated that approximately 1,9-million tons of recovered fibre is available for collection and recycling in South Africa every year. Every box that is recycled reduces wastepaper going to landfill sites and, at the same time, creates jobs. 

Metrofile sees both environmental and business virtue in recycling

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa estimates that, for every ton of paper recycled, three square metres of landfill space is saved, 17 trees are put to other uses, coal-based emissions are cut down by a ton of carbon dioxide and enough energy is saved yearly to provide 520 homes with... 

There are financial gains to be had from 
greening the supply chain, says expert

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 Whether Al Gore’s documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘ struck a cord with you, or whether your pet hate is the abandoned paper at the printer, then there is a burning topic that needs to be discussed to get South African businesses going green. 

Lack of finance-package progress in climate talks a worry

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2009 South Africa’s Environmental Affairs DG Joanne Yawitch – who spoke with Engineering News Online from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bonn, Germany – said on Thursday that she was confident that “we will come out of Copenhagen with an architecture... 

Sonjica says work on draft climate change policy continuing

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th June 2009 As World Environment Day was observed on Friday, South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica said that work on the country’s draft climate change policy continued. Work on the draft policy began in March this year, following intense deliberations at the Climate... 

Airports company to launch study into carbon footprint

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th June 2009 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) would launch a study into its carbon footprint, by the second quarter of this financial year, the company said on Friday. Speaking at an environmental stakeholder breakfast, Acsa head of environmental safety Musa Dlamini said that the carbon footprint... 

AfDB invests R100m into clean-energy private equity fund

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2009 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R100-million equity investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first Southern Africa-focused private equity fund specialising in the areas of clean-energy and sustainable technologies.  

WWF to assess SA’s transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st June 2009 South Africa’s World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is hoping to initiate discussions, and possibly also commission some analytical work, on what the constraints and opportunities for the country’s transition to low-carbon economy are. “There are a lot of outstanding questions. We can talk very... 

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