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Environmental News

Trafigura backs MAN Energy Solutions’ clean engine development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2021 Independent commodity trading company Trafigura Group will co-sponsor the development of an MAN Energy Solutions ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels. The fuel-flexible, two-stroke ammonia engine is expected to be commercially available for large-scale ocean-going ships by 2024, followed... 

Global survey seeks to understand how circular economy is perceived

By: Simone Liedtke     15th April 2021 The first global survey on the circular economy, which is still a relatively new paradigm which different stakeholders understand differently, will seek to understand how consumers, producers and product designers perceive the circular economy. Titled ‘Imagine Circularity’, the survey’s findings... 

Sustainable, inclusive manufacturing needed in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th April 2021 Africa needs sustainable and inclusive manufacturing to bolster economic growth and create jobs and now is an opportune time for this to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and capitalise on opportunities afforded by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This was indicated by speakers... 

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

South Africa stands to benefit from green hydrogen production – CDH

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The advantages of green hydrogen technology to meet South Africa’s goals of transitioning to a lower carbon energy sector appear “uncontested”, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). To qualify as a form of clean energy technology (one that does not contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions and... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines in the foreground, with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

EWT, Eskom use drones to deploy bird flight diverters

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2021 A drone-operated system that can deploy bird flight diverters, or so-called “flappers”, has been designed and developed in a partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT’s) wildlife and energy programme and Eskom. The diverters serve as markers that will improve the visibility of... 

Bank of America triples environmental funding goal to $1tr by 2030

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 Financial institution Bank of America on April 8 announced its goal of deploying and mobilising $1-trillion by 2030 in its Environmental Business Initiative to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy. This commitment will anchor a broader $1.5-trillion sustainable finance... 

Greenpeace weighs in on AfDB, African leaders’ climate discussion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2021 Greenpeace Africa has responded on the matter of the African Development Bank (AfDB) consulting with African heads of State seeking advice on how to accelerate climate adaptation. "Climate adaptation investments are urgently needed for a continent that is expected to experience more intense and... 

IMF launches digital dashboard of climate change indicators 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th April 2021 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a new 'Climate Change Indicators Dashboard', which it describes as an international statistical initiative to address the growing need for data in macroeconomic and financial policy analysis to facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation.... 

Global leaders commit to help Africa adapt to climate change impacts

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2021 African heads of State and other global leaders have made a commitment to prioritise actions that help African countries adapt to the impacts of climate change through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme. The objective of the programme is to mobilise $25-billion to accelerate climate... 

AECI, Origin Materials expands existing environment-friendly partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2021 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI and sustainable materials-focused company Origin Materials have expanded their existing joint agreement to develop low-carbon materials based on renewable chemistry. AECI has been a strategic investor in Origin Materials since 2017. 

Amendments to environmental plan for construction of SKA published

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment says amendments to the Integrated Environmental Management Plan required to manage the impacts associated with the development of the first phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), in the Northern Cape, have been published. No further... 

Opinion: Running out of time to sustain the planet

1st April 2021 In this opinion piece, ocean rower Zirk Botha share his perspective about the planet and our role in its future. 

Opinion: Running out of time to sustain the planet
Zirk Botha arriving in Cabio Frio outside Rio de Janeiro after 72 days at sea.

Treasury seeks comments on proposed carbon offset regulation amendments

By: Donna Slater     1st April 2021 The National Treasury has published draft amendments to the carbon offset regulations, prescribing carbon offsetting in terms of Section 19(c) of the Carbon Tax Act. A public comment period is open until the end of April.  

Environment dept changes name

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st March 2021 The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries will change its name to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), effective April 1. Following the announcement of the sixth administration in 2019, forestry and fisheries functions were amalgamated into the Department... 

Global energy leaders say jobs must be at heart of people-centred energy transition 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2021 Employment creation for workers and communities at the highest risk of disruption as a result of the shift to greater climate-resiliency was identified during a gathering of global energy leaders on Wednesday as essential to ensuring that the transition was not only people-centred but also... 

Global energy leaders say jobs must be at heart of people-centred energy transition

Western Cape launches e-booklets to fast-track climate change resilience in agriculture

By: Yvonne Silaule     31st March 2021 The Western Cape provincial government has launched e-booklets that will help to fast-track climate change resilience in agriculture. The e-booklet on climate change entitled The Mercury Rises is based on the popular award-winning radio series Die Kwik Styg. The e-booklets are available in the... 

Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution  

31st March 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution unveiled by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy, as well as about South Africa's climate finance targets and the fact that the country is not yet ready to... 

Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution
Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution

Turning fruit waste into footwear earns Kenyan women-led design house sustainability award

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Kenyan women-led design house Pine Kazi converts pineapple leaf and recycled rubber into fashionable footwear and has won development finance institution the African Development Bank’s (AfDB's) Fashionomics Africa initiative competition Pine Kazi won $2 000 and will have the opportunity to... 

South Africa’s draft climate pledge offers quicker emission cuts, but seeks steep rise in yearly climate funding to $8bn 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa’s draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) unveiled by Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on March 30, proposes quicker emission cuts, but also outlines the need for a step change in international climate finance to support the country’s... 

South Africa’s draft climate pledge offers quicker emission cuts, but seeks steep rise in yearly climate funding to $8bn
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

BioTherm’s Excelsior wind farm works for bird conservation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 Working in collaboration with conservation organisations, BioTherm Energy’s Excelsior wind energy facility, in the Western Cape, is pioneering the wind industry’s approach to conserving avifauna. The programmes that are being implemented go beyond looking at the potential impact of the wind... 

Govt asks for comment on amendments to Extended Producer Responsibility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has published draft amendments to the regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the Waste Sector for public comment by April 22. Implementation of the EPR Regulations, published in November last year, was postponed to May 5... 

Western Cape establishes coastal management line 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th March 2021 Western Cape Provincial Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell has established the first coastal management line (CML) in South Africa. In the face of a changing global climate and the presence of naturally dynamic coastal processes, the safety... 

Paper, wood products vital to lower carbon footprint

26th March 2021 Developed centuries ago, paper has a fascinating history as it has been through the mill – literally and figuratively – in terms of what it is made from, says paper and pulp industry association the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA). It also has many interesting side... 

Paper, wood  products vital to lower carbon footprint
TREE PLANTING By growing more trees, quality of life can improve and make the world sustainable

Industry can grow with diverse solutions – institute

By: Cameron Mackay     26th March 2021 The best growth scenario for the local sugar industry is to diversify its products to create multiple revenue streams, says research organisation the Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI) strategic research group leader Dr Kitty Foxon. Biochemicals and bio-materials from sugar cane-derived... 

Industry master plan supported

26th March 2021 Non-profit trade organisation FairPlay Movement enthusiastically supports the South African Sugar Master Plan as a mechanism to stabilise and rebuild the industry after devastating and predatory imports have gained market share and killed local jobs for years. “Like the poultry sector master plan... 

Combined effort required to slow plastic leakage into the environment – WWF

By: Donna Slater     25th March 2021 Tackling the ever growing issue of plastic pollution will require the collective effort of everyone in the plastics value chain, from manufacturers of raw materials that go into plastics, to the end consumers and recyclers, says World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Circular Plastics Economy project... 

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2021 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved the country’s updated draft Nationally Determined Contribution in response to climate change, which will be released for public consultation next week. The updated NDC outlines South Africa’s target for limiting greenhouse gas emissions as required in line with... 

South Africa’s updated climate pledge to be released for comment after Cabinet approves NDC draft

Agriculture seen as key just transition enabler in Mpumalanga, but arable land needs urgent safeguarding 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2021 Transitioning Mpumalanga’s coal-heavy economy to higher levels of agricultural output could help create new businesses and jobs and improve the long-term economic resilience of the province as mines close and Eskom begins decommissioning power stations in line with the Integrated Resource Plan of... 

Agriculture seen as key just transition enabler in Mpumalanga, but arable land needs urgent safeguarding

Sasol, Eskom achieve dismal results in emissions benchmark study

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2021 Investor engagement initiative on climate change Climate Action 100+ (CA100+) issued its first Net Zero Company Benchmark of the world’s biggest corporate emitters, including petrochemicals and chemicals producer Sasol and State power utility Eskom. However, in a response to questions by... 

$200m IFC loan to boost Nedbank CIB’s green investment reach

By: Donna Slater     24th March 2021 Financial services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) says a recent agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will contribute to enhancing the investment scales in favour of sustainable development in the future Nedbank CIB sustainable finance solutions head... 

Canada, AfDB formalise gender-focused Climate Fund for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2021 Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Canada on March 17 signed an agreement to formalise the Canada–African Development Bank Climate Fund (CACF), which is a transformative special fund aimed at providing concessional loans for climate... 

Move to impact-based weather forecasting assisting South Africa, says Creecy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2021 The South African Weather Services (SAWS) plays an important role in mitigating the impacts of severe weather, natural disasters and climate-related challenges, and its success in mitigating the impacts of Cyclone Eloise this year was mainly the result of its progress in the 2020/21 financial... 

Coca-Cola, BanQu launch payment platform for informal waste reclaimers, boosting bankability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 In recognition of Global Recycling Day on March 18, beverage company Coca-Cola South Africa and blockchain-based supply chain and economic  passport platform BanQu are rolling out a payment platform to financially empower informal waste reclaimers and buyback centres in a boost to the local... 

E-waste recycling bin at Roodepoort golf estate to curb growing waste stream

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Recycling company AST Recycling has placed an electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling bin at the Jackal Creek golf estate, in Roodepoort, on March 18, in what it says will be the first of many stations nationally. To help battle the rising tide of e-waste in South Africa, the AST Recycling bin will... 

E-waste recycling bin at Roodepoort golf estate to curb growing waste stream
Members of AST Recycling and the Jackal Creek Estate manager Johann van Niekerk

Fossil fuels found accountable for millions of deaths

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 Fossil fuels are, through a marked contribution to air pollution, accountable for 8.7-million deaths globally in 2018, which adds to the mounting evidence that air pollution from ongoing dependence on fossil fuels is detrimental to global health, says University College London (UCL) associate... 

Fossil fuels found accountable  for millions of deaths
POISON Fossil fuels are responsible for millions of deaths globally every year
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