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Climate Change News

South Africa’s updated NDC climate pledge to be released ‘very soon’ 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy reported on Tuesday that South Africa’s revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which is to be deposited with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year, is close to being finalised and will... 

Sasol, UCT confirm progress on catalysts that convert hydrogen, CO2 into green jet fuel 

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2021 Energy and chemicals group Sasol, which aims to become a leader in South Africa’s promising green hydrogen industry, reports that research advancements have been achieved that are supportive of the conversion of hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) into green jet fuel and chemicals. Made in... 

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PwC Africa announces focus areas as part of global strategy

By: Schalk Burger     3rd September 2021 Advisory services multinational PwC Africa has announced its six focus areas to support the group's global New Equation strategy, which aims to deliver sustained outcomes for its clients. PwC Africa’s six key focus areas are trust; growth and value creation; environmental, social and governance... 

CLAB Africa initiative aims to raise African climate, biodiversity science voices on national, international stages

By: Schalk Burger     2nd September 2021 The Climate, Land, Agriculture and Biodiversity (CLAB) Africa project is making progress towards its aim to leverage the grassroots insights of African scientists to inform policies and drive climate change, biodiversity and food and water security actions within nations, as well as to provide... 

Environmental organisations concerned about government no-show at plastics treaty meeting

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 Environment advocacy organisations Greenpeace Africa, groundWork and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have expressed deep concerns that the South African government did not participate in a Ministerial meeting on a proposed global plastics treaty held this month. This shows, the... 

RMB launches ESG-risk-measuring platforms to support sustainable investing

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank, has launched environmental, social and governance- (ESG-) measuring platforms – ESGo! and ESGNow. The platforms are envisaged to drive sustainable finance by offering client interfaces that enable more informed... 

Public Works to release RFI in development of green energy, resource efficiency drive 

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) plans to release a request for information (RFI) for the Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) on September 20, to garner ideas and information into ways to deliver mutual value through strong partnerships... 

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The Mpumalanga High Court, which the DPWI handed over in November 2019, is an example of a building where energy and water saving technologies could be rolled out

Study confirms low enviro impact dairy farming equals higher profitability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2021 Agricultural sustainability company Trace & Save has reaffirmed in a case study that a lower environmental impact is directly linked with higher profitability in the South African dairy farming industry. The company, in partnership with Nedbank and the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa... 

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WWF SA launches four-year project to link civil society, drive national climate action

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2021 The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF SA), the South African Climate Action Network (SACAN) and the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) will work closely with environmental and social civil society organisations (CSOs) to build a strong community, including a cohort of youth climate... 

Eskom considers R106bn in wind and solar investment by 2030

By: Bloomberg     30th August 2021 Eskom Holdings, which supplies almost all South Africa’s electricity from coal-fired power plants, is considering spending R106-billion on wind and solar energy by 2030. The investment plan, which Eskom could carry out by itself or in partnerships, is the most detailed demonstration yet of the... 

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Russian iron-ore miner urges industry to pursue cleaner operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2021 The current trend in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in ferrous metallurgy will become clear with the transition from blast furnace production to the metallisation process in steel production, and with the use of direct reduced iron (DRI) and hot briquetted iron (HBI), says iron-ore and HBI... 

As Mpumalanga towns plot future beyond coal, workers express pain over mine closures 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2021 The Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, which is at the epicentre of South Africa’s coal industry, is revising its Local Economic Development (LED) strategy to take account of the anticipated closure of coal mines and power stations and create the framework for a more diversified... 

The Komati coal-fired power station, which will be fully decommissioned in 2022
The Komati coal-fired power station, which will be fully decommissioned in 2022

The importance of organisational culture in supporting women

27th August 2021 Project developer G7 Renewable Energies head of development Karen de Bruyn has spoken about the importance of organisational culture in supporting careers for women in previously male dominated sectors. 

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KAREN DE BRUYN The global renewable energy revolution has set in motion new opportunities for women to contribute to the engineering sector

Implications of the latest IPCC report for South Africa  

26th August 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about warnings by South African climate scientists about the implications of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report for the country, as well as the possibility of a day-zero drought in... 

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Implications of the latest IPCC report for South Africa

South Africa's GHG emissions increased by 10.4% between 2000 and 2017

By: Schalk Burger     25th August 2021 South Africa’s seventh 'National Greenhouse-Gas (GHG) Inventory' report for 2000 to 2017, released on August 24, shows that emissions have increased by 10.4% over the 17-year period. The report, published by the  Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), covers sources of GHG... 

Failure to heed warnings about a disease like Covid-19 a bigger risk than the disease itself – Whitfield

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2021 The major risk posed by Covid-19 is not the disease itself, but instead humankind’s inaction to heed calls that such an event could lead to the crippling of global economies and other systems, independent broadcaster, journalist and writer Bruce Whitfield said on August 24. He gave the keynote... 

Biodiversity can serve as nucleus for enabling sustainable development at peace with nature

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2021 A focus on biodiversity can serve as the nucleus to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as biodiversity looks at people, prosperity and a healthy planet through effective partnerships, says United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South Africa resident... 

Google, SEforAll emphasise need for electricity to become decarbonised ‘even faster’

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2021 To achieve net-zero emissions across the global economy by 2050, electricity must become the core of the energy system and be decarbonised even faster, while expanding to meet the increasing demands of millions of people who still lack adequate access to electricity, says multinational specialist... 

SANEDI develops new strategic plan to address modern energy issues

By: Donna Slater     23rd August 2021 Various challenges in the South African energy sector must be addressed for wider socioeconomic advancement – for which the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has developed a new strategic plan, positioning it to address key energy sector issues. SANEDI interim CEO... 

South Africa aims to bring pilot carbon capture project online in 2023 

By: Reuters     23rd August 2021 South Africa has started geological mapping at the country's first carbon capture and storage (CCS) site, where it plans to inject vast quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) deep underground from 2023, a senior Council for Geoscience official said. The project will be based around the town of... 

World leaders out of excuses on climate change, Thunberg, youth activists say

By: Reuters     20th August 2021 The world's children cannot afford more empty promises at this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference, youth activists including Greta Thunberg said, after a United Nations report found virtually no child will escape the impact of global warming. In the first index of its kind, published... 

A Drought owing to Climate Change

Gauteng ‘day-zero drought’ is South Africa’s biggest near-term climate risk, IPCC scientist warns 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2021 A leading South African climate scientist believes a ‘Gauteng day-zero drought’ represents the biggest near-term climate change risk faced by the country, which is poised to become hotter and drier as average global temperatures rise. Francois Engelbrecht, who is a distinguished professor of... 

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Consultancy launches South Africa’s first carbon credit programme for the agri-sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2021 South Africa has launched its first internationally recognised carbon offset programme for the agricultural sector. Environmental consultant Climate Neutral Group (CNG), which successfully listed the programme under the Verra Carbon Standard, on August 18 advised that farmers practicing... 

Emissions ‘unavoidable’ even if cleanest coal generation technology is used – report

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2021 Dr Ranajit Sahu, an engineer with more than three decades of experience in power plant design, has found that large quantities of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions are “unavoidable”, even if the cleanest available technology is used for new coal-fired power generation. South Africa’s Integrated... 

De Ruyter outlines green reindustrialisation vision for South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has outlined the case for leveraging South Africa’s transition to green energy to reverse the country’s “vicious cycle of deindustrialisation and unemployment” and to trigger a “virtuous cycle of local demand for local goods to create investment and jobs”. Delivering the... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Most miners are falling short of carbon cuts needed for UN goal

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2021 The mining industry is falling short on cutting greenhouse-gas emissions enough to limit global warming, even after stepping up efforts to help combat climate change. Only 11 out of 46 metal and mining companies analysed by Bloomberg Intelligence have carbon-reduction targets that match levels... 

Deforestation avoidance and carbon offset monitoring project to launch in Cameroon

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2021 Carbon storage monitoring startup Albo Climate and hydropower company subsidiary Tembo Climate have signed a deal to produce a high-resolution carbon monitoring model of vulnerable tropical forests in several sub-Saharan African countries. The maps will be used to carefully evaluate ecosystem... 

Prevalence of fire weather risks on the rise, says expert 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th August 2021 As climate change is causing various regions around the world to experience longer periods of droughts and general changes in humidity and wind levels, it increases the risk for sporadic wildfires. Climate change has affected the number and intensity of fires worldwide, confirms global weather... 

DTN weather operations VP Renny Vandewege
DTN weather operations VP Renny Vandewege unpacks the increasing risk for sporadic wildfires globally

Sasol’s new 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets to be ‘substantially higher’ 

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2021 South Africa’s carbon-heavy fuels and chemicals group Sasol is poised to announce a “substantially higher” target for the reduction of its greenhouse-gas emissions following an intensive period of financial and organisational restructuring during its 2021 financial year. The JSE-listed group took... 

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Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Report shows climate opportunities and gaps for South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     13th August 2021 Findings from the second 'State of Climate Science and Technology in South Africa' report, compiled by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), include that the country is well positioned to play a key role in the Global Commission on Adaptation to advance climate change adaptation... 

Sixth IPCC climate assessment important for international climate policy – DFFE

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2021 The sixth assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an important contribution to enhancing scientific understanding on climate change that must inform international policy at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties... 

Major new climate report puts pressure on COP26 to ‘consign coal to history’

By: Bloomberg     9th August 2021 A landmark report by climate change scientists released Monday is expected to ratchet up the pressure on world leaders to rapidly end the use of polluting fossil fuels. Some of the most important readers of the 3 949-page report by the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate... 

A coal-fired power station owned and operated by South African power utility Eskom

Partnership notes first new chemicals success

6th August 2021 The partnership between carbon recycling technology company LanzaTech and multinational chemicals company BASF, who together aim to transform the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals, has achieved a key first success. The companies announced in May that, with the help... 

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ON-GASSES A key first success has been achieved by LanzaTech and BASF in using off gasses or emissions for a positive product

Petrochem giant uses tech for greener fuel

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In April JSE-listed synthetic fuels and chemicals company Sasol announced it will work alongside a consortium comprising multinational chemical company Linde, renewable energy company Enertrag and investment company Navitas Holdings to bid in concept for the production of sustainable aviation... 

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COOL COLAB The collaboration between Sasol and the LEN Consortium will see greener jet fuel and chemicals being produced using Sasol's Fischer-Tropsch technology

PwC report highlights need for increased focus on diversity, inclusion and ESG

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2021 Professional services firm PwC’s ‘Executive directors’ practices and remuneration trends’ report, released on August 5, finds that companies’ journeys to what it says is “fair pay” requires them to embrace inclusivity and diversity, as well as an internal culture of belonging. In defining what... 

Delaying emissions reduction will cost more down the line, climate commission director warns 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2021 Presidential Climate Commission executive director Dr Crispian Olver says delaying South Africa’s transition away from coal will only add to the final adjustment costs and will also place the domestic business sector at a competitive disadvantage as other countries implement measures to restrict... 

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Coal mining in the foreground with an Eskom power station in the background

South Africa's plans for COP26  

5th August 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what South Africa is aiming to achieve at the upcoming COP26 climate negotiations, what a just transition could look like for South Africa and the main risks to achieving a successful just energy transition. 

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South Africa's plans for COP26
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