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DMRE calls for public comment on draft Domestic Carbon Offset Standards

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has published the Draft Framework for the Development, Assessment and Approval of Domestic Carbon Offset Standards for public comment from January 27 to February 28. The draft framework sets out the requirements, criteria for selection,... 

Public Works to release RFP for renewable energy programme this quarter

By: Darren Parker     Updated 7 hours ago The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) in the first quarter of this year, it said in a statement on January 27. The iREREP will be the largest programme for... 

A photo of Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
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Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for reclaiming rare metals. Reclaiming rare metals from waste – called urban mining – involves extracting... 

A photo of a Thos Begbie smelter component
SPECIALISED APPLICATIONS Owing to the complexity of extracting so many different metals, the design of smelters for e-waste processing is more complex than usual

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
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Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

Agreement inked to develop hydrogen recycling of end-of-life wind turbine magnets

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2022 Magnet metal and rare earths miner Pensana has signed a cooperation agreement with oil, gas and wind power company Equinor, forming a working group to share technical and commercial information to develop a low-energy method for recycling end-of-life magnets at Pensana’s rare earths hub in the... 

South African scientist helps discover world’s largest fish breeding colony

By: Darren Parker     25th January 2022 University of Pretoria Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Entomology Dr Mia Wege was part of an international collaborative research team that discovered one of the world’s largest fish breeding colonies in the southern Weddell Sea, Antarctica,... 

A photo of a breeding colony of notothenioid icefish
A breeding colony of notothenioid icefish

Shell’s South African partner warns against halting oil search

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 Shell’s South African partner dismissed fears that seismic surveys for offshore oil and gas could endanger marine life and warned that halting searches could leave the country entirely dependent on crude imports. There is no evidence that seismic testing has “had any biologically significant... 

McKinsey pegs the price tag of a livable climate at $9.2tr a year

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2022 A new analysis from McKinsey & Co. estimates that the investment, in new infrastructure and systems, needed to meet international climate goals could be $9.2-trillion a year through 2050. That’s at least $3.5-trillion more a year than the world is currently laying out for both low-carbon and... 

Schneider Electric launches green-focused business software suite

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is introducing an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure. The Infrastructure of the Future suite offers a holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies, while tackling the challenges... 

South African groups take court action to block seismic search

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2022 South African groups are taking court action to block a seismic survey, used to find oil and gas resources, that’s planned off the country’s west coast. Environmental organizations and communities have increased efforts in recent months to stop the activity that they say is harmful to marine... 

Businesses struggling to embed sustainability into core strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Local and global C-level business leaders (CxOs) are increasingly concerned about climate change and see the world at a tipping point to act. Businesses are, however, struggling to fully embed sustainability into their core business strategies, operations, and cultures, advisory and professional... 

More information, education important for consumers to support circular economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Consumer knowledge of the circular economy is growing and their attitude towards it is generally positive, but trust in companies requires strengthening and more innovation and legislation is needed to drive increased engagement and action, shows a survey by business assurance and risk management... 

Nigerian VP calls for natural gas to be accepted as a transition fuel

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for natural gas – which Africa has in abundance – to be accepted by the rest of the globe as a transitional fuel. In his address to the Davos Agenda 2022 – hosted by the World Economic Forum – on January 21, Osinbajo reminded world leaders that,... 

A photo of Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo
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Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo

French energy group joins UAE green hydrogen aviation fuel project

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 French global major energy group TotalEnergies has joined United Arab Emirates (UAE) sustainable and clean energy company Masdar and Germany’s Siemens Energy, in a project to use green hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The three groups signed the collaboration agreement on the... 

Shell appeals $2bn judgment in Nigeria pollution case

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2022 A Nigerian court will hear Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s appeal to overturn an almost $2 billion award against the company for allegedly spilling oil in the West African country. The energy giant is challenging a November 2020 judgment in favor of community members claiming a leak from a company... 

SA’s aggressive decarbonisation strategy to start

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 South Africa is planning to source 41% of its total energy supply from renewable energy –including solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydropower and concentrating solar thermal power components – by 2030, which energy solutions provider Energy Partners Intelligence head of business development Tygue... 

Integrated solution offers less reliance on national grid

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 South Africa-based renewable-energy solutions company Solareff has designed and installed an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV), diesel generator and battery energy storage system (BESS), with an engineered energy management system (EMS), for a retail developer on the West Rand. 

Picture of the PV panels on the roof of a retail development on the westrand
SUNNY SOLUTIONS Now about 30% of the electricity load is generated from solar energy for a retail developer on the West Rand, generated from these photovoltaic panels

Solar streetlight designed for longevity

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 Last month, lighting solution manufacturer Beka Schréder began the first SOLARPOLE project roll-out in the country.  

Picture of BEKA Schréder's new SOLARPOLE design
SOLARPOLE LUMINAIRE The SOLARPOLE is a vertical, aesthetic solar lighting solution for road and urban applications

Global climate action accelerating, presenting commercial opportunities and risks - Boston Consulting

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2022 Many company leaders underestimate the pace and extent of the change ahead and, as such, climate change early-movers can attract more talent, play in higher-growth segments and save cash and carbon, as well as reduce risk exposure, access cheaper financing and achieve higher shareholder value,... 

UK providing urgent climate crisis aid funding to East Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th January 2022 The UK announced on Monday that it was going to provide a new support package to four East African countries, to help them deal with both extreme drought and flooding conditions. The package, worth £17-million, was announced by British Minister for Africa (roughly equivalent to a Deputy Minister... 

Calls for renewables rises as scrutiny increases on corporate power use – Wood Mackenzie

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 Flush with opportunity and the capital needed to move investment and merger and acquisition (M&A) strategies forward as the rush to decarbonise the global energy system heightens, corporate power and renewables companies need to prepare for rising near-term risk, says consultancy group Wood... 

Eskom may get trial date for misleading air quality officer on emissions

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2022 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s biggest polluter, may find out on March 25 when it will face a trial for allegedly supplying misleading information to a government air quality officer, exceeding emission limits at the Kendal coal-fired power plant and breaching its Atmospheric Emission License. In... 

DFFE deploys environmental inspectors to investigate KZN mine slurry river pollution

By: Schalk Burger     14th January 2022 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has deployed a team of environmental management inspectors to assist in an investigation into a slurry dam burst in KwaZulu-Natal on December 24, which resulted in tailings material flowing into nearby rivers and onto nearby land.... 

Coca-Cola, partners launch new sustainability platform to build on past successes 

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2022 Beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola’s Africa Operating Unit (AOU) and its bottling partners have launched an Africa-focused sustainability platform – Jamii, which houses Coca-Cola AOU’s existing and new sustainability initiatives to improve water use, empower women and better manage waste streams.... 

An image of Coca-Cola Africa sustainability director Dorcas Onyango
Coca-Cola Africa launches new sustainability platform – Jamii

Vergelegen wine estate tests environment-friendly gum poles

By: Schalk Burger     14th January 2022 Wine producer Vergelegen Wine Estate, in Somerset West, is testing a new concept – environment-friendly eucalyptus poles that have not been chemically treated – in some of its vineyards The untreated poles have been installed in two blocks of vineyards, extending over 3.55 ha. These are planted... 

Vergelegen Wine Estate viticulturist Rudolf Kriel
Vergelegen Wine Estate viticulturist Rudolf Kriel

Toxic fumes ship will be dumping chemicals off St Helena Bay until March - maritime authority

By: News24Wire      13th January 2022 Around 1 500 tonnes of chemicals on the NS Qingdao bulk carrier were being dumped into the sea about 250km off St Helena Bay in an operation expected to end in March, the SA Maritime Authority (Samsa) said on Thursday. In October 2021, the ship was evacuated from the Port of Durban to St Helena... 

Green public procurement can help cut 15% of global GHG emissions – report

By: Schalk Burger     13th January 2022 A report by the World Economic Forum and business strategy consultancy the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has found that about 40% of global greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions related to public procurement can be abated for less than $15/t of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to the 'Green... 

Another seismic survey is heading to SA waters, this time from Australia

By: News24Wire      13th January 2022 Just as the Amazon Warrior, a vessel that was to conduct a seismic survey off the Wild Coast on behalf of Shell, left South Africa, attention is now focused on another planned survey, this time off the West Coast. In December, the Makhanda High Court granted an interim interdict to halt Shell’s... 

Indian Ocean

Resources companies must balance costs, benefits of reducing environmental impact

By: Schalk Burger     12th January 2022 Natural resources and commodities producers and traders will have to balance the increase in costs to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and supply chains with the beneficial impact these measures have on the environment and communities in which they operate, three natural... 

Govt departments urged to focus on integrated disaster risk reduction

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2022 Disaster risk reduction (DRR) should be a priority for government at all levels, but failures in adequately addressing major factors, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and growing economic hardship in South Africa, point to insufficient capacity and commitment to carry through on this... 

An image of a flooded road
A flooded road in South Africa

Climate concerns dominate ‘long-term risks’ – WEF  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2022 The World Economic Forum (WEF) has highlighted climate action failure, growing social divides, heightened cyber-risks and uneven global recovery as the foremost risks the world will be facing in coming years. Launching the ‘Global Risks 2022’ report on January 11, which was compiled in... 

WEF president Børge Brende
WEF executives comment on the top global risks in the short, medium and long-term

Mondi sets net zero by 2050 goal

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2022 Packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi says it is accelerating its plans to reduce its carbon emissions by committing to transition to net zero by 2050. The group plans to expand on almost two decades of such progress, including a 45% reduction in specific greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions against... 

Effective circular waste management important to maintain healthy air, study shows

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2022 A study by research institute the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) shows that circular waste management systems can help to effectively curb emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, although the waste sector is often neglected in discussions about climate... 

Opinion: Shell prevented from proceeding with seismic survey offshore of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province

10th January 2022 In this opinion piece, law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon, senior associate Ernst Muller and associate Mandy Hattingh write about the High Court's decision to grant local communities an urgent interim injunction prohibiting Shell from conducting any... 

Herbert Smith Freehills partner Peter Leon
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Herbert Smith Freehills partner Peter Leon

Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

Photo of Martin Creamer
Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar

Shell’s seismic vessel leaving South Africa after court loss

By: Bloomberg     5th January 2022 The vessel hired by Royal Dutch Shell to look for potential oil- and gasfields is on course to leave South African waters after community groups won a court case to temporarily halt the activity. A judge on December 28 granted local activists an interim interdict blocking any seismic surveys... 

Amogy closes funding round, partners with Amazon

By: Mariaan Webb     17th December 2021 Sustainable technology company Amogy has closed a Series A funding round that will enable it to advance its first commercial product for ammonia-powered shipping and other transport applications. Led by hydrogen technologies investor AP Ventures, with new investment from Amazon’s Climate Pledge... 

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