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Environmental News

New emissions blow for VW as German court backs damages claims

By: Reuters     25th May 2020 Volkswagen must pay compensation to owners of vehicles with rigged diesel engines in Germany, a court ruled on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to the automaker almost five years after its emissions scandal erupted. The ruling by Germany’s highest court for civil disputes, which will allow owners to... 

Integration vital for construction-project life cycle

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 There is a need for integration between the engineering design and environmental processes, before the final submission stage of a project, to avoid the possibility of environmental authorisation for construction on the preferred site being denied, says environmental consultancy Environmental... 

Integration vital for construction-project life cycle
SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS Identifying the environmentally sensitive areas on-site early during the design phase can increase the probability of a sustainable and integrated development

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Battery makers and car manufacturers have seen a shift in the pursuit of altering battery chemistry to lower the costs of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that are being manufactured and extend their driving range. Speaking to Engineering News & Mining Weekly, independent research house Afriforesight... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

Waste management vital during pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd May 2020 With Covid-19 infections on the rise, waste management company Averda plays an active role in the removal of contaminated waste products while following strict disposal regulations according to legislation. 

Waste management vital during pandemic
CLEAN RIDES Vehicles transport the waste to one of eight hazardous waste sites in the country

System gaining traction in building conversion projects

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Alternative building technology solutions provider SanteQ Liteweight Building Technology’s bespoke Plaswall building technology provides for simple and rapid installation using unsophisticated skills. 

System gaining traction in building conversion projects
BACK TO THE WALL SanteQ's walling systems use between 80% and 90% recycled and waste materials

Company calls for households to instil recycling habits during lockdown

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st May 2020 With many South Africans working from home, the lockdown is an opportune time for households to set up recycling systems and; for those with children, to involve them, especially from a young age, comments plastic rotational moulding solutions provider Pioneer Plastics. Recycling services for the... 

Company calls for households to instil recycling habits during lockdown
130 L Wheelie Bin Double Hood

As Eskom rolls out boiler fixes to more Medupi units, it confirms FGD talks with World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2020 Electricity utility Eskom is rolling-out design modifications made recently to Medupi Unit 3 to Medupi Unit 6, rather than waiting for the results of an evaluation of the fixes, which is proceeding in parallel. The unit was shut for 75 days on January 26 to address defects that emerged, mostly in... 

As Eskom rolls out boiler fixes to more Medupi units, it confirms FGD talks with World Bank
COO Jan Oberholzer on the rolling-out of design modifications at Medupi. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Dubai conservation park furthering environmental protection

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st May 2020 The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), the United Arab Emirates’ first national park, is undertaking several initiatives as part of its mandate to manage and represent the Dubai inland desert ecosystem, and a South African, DDCR Conservation manager Greg Simkins, is involved in all aspects... 

Dubai conservation park furthering environmental protection
Arabian Gazelle

EDS Systems developing first South African carbon tax tool

By: Tracy Hancock     19th May 2020 Software developer EDS Systems is developing the first cloud-based carbon tax tool tailored to the South African market, in response to the introduction of the country’s Carbon Tax Act last year, and has entered the final stages of quality assurance. “There are many carbon tax calculators online,... 

Creecy takes decisive action against Eskom’s noncompliance at Kendal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2020 The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has welcomed the decisive action taken against Eskom’s Kendal power station by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy. The Minister has ordered the State-owned power utility to, within 30 days, stop operations at either Unit 1 or... 

Creecy takes decisive action against Eskom’s noncompliance at Kendal
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

Covid-19 could exacerbate food insecurity, malnutrition in Africa – WHO

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th May 2020 The World Health Organization has expressed concern at the potential impact of the coronavirus on food security, which it says could worsen malnutrition in Africa. WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has warned that the virus is threatening livelihoods and household economies... 

Covid-19 could exacerbate food insecurity, malnutrition in Africa – WHO

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo has said the Covid-19 pandemic was encouraging different water sector role-players to open channels of communication and use digital tools to further their goals of making clean and safe water available to an increased number of people and... 

Covid-19 catalysing cooperation in water sector
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Water Research Commission CEO Dhesigen Naidoo

Joint venture formed for fuel cell production

15th May 2020 Automotive manufacturers Volvo Group and Daimler Truck have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) to develop, produce and commercialise fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other use cases. Both companies share the Green Deal vision... 

Joint venture formed for fuel cell production
CARBON NEUTRAL TRANSPORT Both companies seek to to offer heavy-duty vehicles with fuel cells for demanding long-haul applications in series production in the second half of the decade

GreenCape highlights green economy growth opportunities

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2020 In response to changing market demand, energy services providers are broadening their market offerings, opening up opportunities for equipment suppliers, project developers, technical advisers and investors, reports nonprofit organisation GreenCape. The organisation has published online versions... 

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Entrepreneurs that have started a business or are looking to start a business, especially in the green economy, should start, as soon as possible, with documenting their business development process to ensure they have that information available for when they start looking for investors, YWaste... 

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors
YWaste Solutions MD Emile Fourie discusses how entrepreneurs can navigate starting businesses in the green economy.

Nedbank tables climate risk resolutions for May 22 shareholder meeting

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 In a first for a South African company, Nedbank’s board has tabled its own shareholder resolution on climate risk. Nedbank is also the first and only South African financial institution that has completely excluded the financing of new coal-fired power plants, says nonprofit responsible... 

Climate-smart mining tech even more important in a Covid-19 context – World Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 The production of minerals such as graphite, lithium and cobalt could potentially increase by 500% by 2050 to meet the growing demand for clean energy technologies, the World Bank reports. In a report, titled 'Minerals for Climate Action: The Mineral Intensity of the Clean Energy Transition',... 

Mistra celebrates 10 years

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th May 2020 The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) has hit ten years of independence and transdisciplinary research. Since May 2010, after much consultation, Mistra was founded by a group of researchers, academics, policymakers and former policy practitioners which created a platform to... 

Mistra celebrates 10 years
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection executive director, Joel Netshitenzhe

Environmental studies, discourse vital to decommissioning

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 With the decommissioning of South Africa’s two nuclear facilities officially planned for this decade, consulting engineers WSP hydrology senior associate Karen King states that, with all the environmental impact assessments (EIAs) to be conducted, interested and affected party (IAP) engagement... 

Environmental studies, discourse vital to decommissioning
KAREN KING As with all EIAs undertaken locally, interested and affected party engagement will be essential. WSP is well-placed to undertake all of these studies

New infrastructure creates opportunities for demolition, decontamination

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 The development of new infrastructure, particularly in the expanding local mining sector, has created opportunities for demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition to be involved in sectional demolition and decontamination projects, particularly those involving radiological decontamination.... 

New infrastructure creates opportunities for demolition, decontamination
ION-OPENING EXPERIENCING Radiological decontamination and demolition projects can involve a range of procedures, including radiological scanning and testing of scrap metal after ultra-high pressure washing

New label can improve consumer education

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 The next challenge for the South African domestic appliance industry is the migration to a new energy efficiency label under the Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (S&L) programme to improve consumer education. The label will simplify energy classes and provide explanations of... 

New label can improve consumer education
ON PAR The energy efficiency of domestic appliances in South Africa is generally of a high standard

South Africa has duty to address SADC energy efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa has a duty to make the energy efficiency knowledge accrued through the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEEP) more accessible to the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to help drive its economic development through globally competitive... 

South Africa has duty to address SADC energy efficiency
ENERGY HEAVY South Africa’s industry consumes more than half of the energy used by the industrial sectors in all the remaining SADC States

Researchers report decrease in South African air pollution during lockdown

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th May 2020 Concentrations of air pollutants over South Africa had decreased during the national lockdown (imposed to try and counter the Covid-19 pandemic), preliminary analysis of satellite data indicated. The study was focused on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). The research was being... 

Total sets industry’s highest zero-emissions target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2020 Petrochemicals giant Total plans to achieve net-zero emissions across its operations worldwide by 2050. This ambition is supported by the strategy to develop Total as a broad-based energy company, with oil and gas, low-carbon electricity and carbon-neutrality solutions as integrated parts of... 

Incentives needed to aid local energy tech

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st May 2020 While there is an increased focus on local content across several South African industries, government could do more in terms of incentivising local manufacturing, says energy solutions company i-G3n co-founder and director Sydney Phakathi. 

Incentives needed  to aid local energy tech
NO FUSS WHATSOEVER i-G3n offers standard solutions that it can also tailor to suit the specific needs of every client

Eskom shuts power plant after warning ash dam may collapse

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2020 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility, said it has temporarily closed its Camden power plant because the dam where it stores the ash from burning coal could burst and endanger local residents. The 1,600-megawatt power plant will be closed for up to three months after a... 

IFAT Africa trade fair to proceed as planned for 2021

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2020 IFAT Africa, the trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be back in Johannesburg in 2021, with an expanded African reach and a range of new highlights. With water, waste management and recycling now more important than ever before, IFAT Africa will showcase... 

Eskom says all repurposing options on table for Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom insists that all options are on the table as it considers proposals for the repurposing of three coal-fired power stations – Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei – that are scheduled to cease producing electricity between 2022 and 2026. The utility issued an expression... 

Eskom says all repurposing options on table for Komati, Hendrina and Grootvlei
Komati

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Mobile sewage cleaning unit available locally

By: Halima Frost     24th April 2020 Local high-pressure pump supplier Werner South Africa Pumps & Equipment has joined forces with sewer cleaning equipment manufacturer Baroclean to supply South Africa’s first rapid response vehicle for sewage cleaning operations. Werner has imported a high-pressure jetting and vacuum pump unit... 

Mobile sewage cleaning  unit available locally
HOT WHEELS The bakkie mounted high-pressure jetting and vacuum pump unit is a compact solution to hard to reach sewage projects

Supplier keeps valves flowing

By: Halima Frost     24th April 2020 Water treatment solutions provider Allmech assures clients that although South Africa is still reeling from the Covid-19 lockdown, implemented last month, the company will continue to supply its water treatment solutions and Runxin filter valves range in the coming months. Runxin valves are... 

Supplier keeps  valves flowing
"A-RANGED" When all lined up the Allmech Runxin range of valves suites most sewage and water treatment applications

LNG market sees increased clean energy demand

24th April 2020 Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) increased by 12.5% to 359-million tonnes last year, which is a significant increase that bolsters LNG’s growing role in the transition to a lower carbon energy system. This is according to a LNG outlook report that was published by natural gas and... 

LNG market sees increased  clean energy demand
AN EVOLVING MARKET New spot-trading mechanisms and a wider variety of indices used for long-term contracts point towards LNG becoming an increasingly flexible commodity

Drive systems suited for sewage applications

24th April 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG offers solutions for the water, wastewater and sewage sectors, encompassing the supply of quality branded drive systems. BMG supplies an extensive range of drive packages from Nord Drivesystems and diversified corporation Sumitomo Drive Technologies including... 

Drive systems suited for sewage applications
HANDSOME HANSEN BMG offers a full range of gear units that drive aerators, water screws and brush aerators for the sewage and water treatment sector

Solidarity Fund raises R2.6bn  

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd April 2020 Government’s pro bono organisation, the Solidarity Fund on Thursday expressed gratitude to all those who have so far donated to the fund, which has received R2.6-billion in pledges to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The mandate of fund is to mobilise and coordinate financial and... 

Solidarity Fund raises R2.6bn

IMF approves funding for DRC as Covid-19 shocks economy

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd April 2020 The Democratic Republic of Congo will receive $363.27-million from the International Monetary Fund for urgent balancing of payment needs, as the country’s short-term economic outlook deteriorates during the coronavirus pandemic. The IMF approved the fund disbursement under the Rapid Credit... 

IMF approves funding for DRC as Covid-19 shocks economy

GWEC launches Memorial Award in honour of late CEO Steve Sawyer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2020 On the occasion of Earth Day, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched a memorial award in honour of its late CEO Steve Sawyer. The REvolutionaries: The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award will honour Sawyer’s life mission to pioneer the global energy transition, recognising young leaders in... 

DA commends Ramaphosa for approaching IMF, World Bank to fund part of relief package 

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd April 2020 Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has welcomed President’s Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the R500-billion Economic and Social Relief Package and has further applauded the President for approaching the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank for funds. During a virtual... 

DA commends Ramaphosa for approaching IMF, World Bank to fund part of relief package
DA interim leader John Steenhuisen
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