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Environmental & Pollution Control

Technology helps improve building industry sustainability

6th May 2022 RIB Software, a multinational technology company providing solutions to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, has partnered with Building Transparency, a non-profit organisation that has developed a free and open access tool targeted at reducing the impact of embodied... 

Zero-waste-to-landfills achieved by vehicle group facilities

25th April 2022 Power management company Eaton has announced its Vehicle Group has certified 88% of its global facilities as “zero-waste-to-landfill” (ZWTL), having cut the amount of waste going into landfills by 55% since 2019. Eaton defines ZWTL as consistently achieving a landfill waste diversion rate of 98%... 

Image of swarf
Eaton Vehicle Group is diverting swarf waste from landfills

Carbon Calculator helps mines to quantify and reduce carbon emissions

22nd April 2022 A reduction in fossil fuel carbon emissions is recognised as a major challenge for carbon-intensive industries such as mining and there is a growing use of innovative technologies to achieve this aim. "Accelerated net-zero mining starts with clever technology applied to carbon footprint," says... 

Image of mine site to show that MaxMine’s Carbon Calculator tool helps miners  quantify and reduce carbon emissions
MaxMine’s Carbon Calculator tool helps miners quantify and reduce carbon emissions

Application facilitates environmental, social and governance data collection

24th March 2022 An all-in-one  environmental, social and governance (ESG) management solution has been developed to help  organisations comprehensively manage and report on ESG and sustainability performance. IsoMetrix recently launched the ESG application (app), built on its IsoMetrix Lumina software as a... 

Image of person with binoculars to illustrate that IsoMetrix has launched its new ESG application
IsoMetrix has launched its new ESG application

On-site oxygen production helps save costs

19th November 2021 Oxygen is critical to a variety of industries and is used in a range of applications, such as improving the control of heating patterns, increasing furnace efficiencies by lowering fuel consumption and for reducing particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions. Oxygen can also be used with fuel gases... 

Image of Atlas Copco's GP+ Oxygen Generators that produce oxygen on-site
Atlas Copco's GP+ Oxygen Generators produce oxygen on-site

SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2021 Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

Image of an electric reefer trailer with a modified Thermo King reefer engine (Advancer A400), in combination with a specialised battery system from Maxwell and Spark (70 kWh)
The four trailers in this pilot will have a modified Thermo King reefer engine (Advancer A400), in combination with a specialised battery system from Maxwell and Spark (70 kWh)

New technology to significantly reduce cement production emissions

22nd October 2021 A new solution developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and its partners, could result in significant reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the production of cement and quicklime. As one of the ingredients for concrete, cement is the world's most widely used building... 

Image of gloved hands holding dry cement to illustrate that VTT and partners have developed a solution that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the production of cement and quicklime
VTT and partners have developed a solution that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the production of cement and quicklime

Operators urged to desilt dams before rainy season

14th October 2021 Progressive build-up of silt over time may cause water storage and process dams to reach close to critical volume and an influx of water over the rainy season could have dire implications. Integrated Pump Rental has alerted operators that desilting of these facilities should be undertaken as soon... 

Image of The SlurrySucker desilting solution from Integrated Pump Rental
The SlurrySucker desilting solution from Integrated Pump Rental

Concrete admixtures help save water

22nd September 2021 Water-reducing admixtures for concrete can be used to help contractors support water conservation efforts, which are seen as particularly important in a water-scarce country such as South Africa. Chryso highlights that its admixtures were used to reduce water and improve workability during the... 

Image of CHRYSO’s Profilm 19 evaporation reducer that helps control evaporation
CHRYSO’s Profilm 19 evaporation reducer helps control evaporation

Fast-tracking the transition to all-electric mines

16th September 2021 A new range of solutions designed to help accelerate the move towards zero-carbon mines, has recently been launched. The ABB Ability eMine portfolio of electrification technologies is said to make the all-electric mine possible – from mine to port. It is integrated with digital applications and... 

Image of open pit mine to illustrate that ABB has launched a portfolio of solutions to help accelerate the move towards zero-carbon mines
ABB has launched a portfolio of solutions to help accelerate the move towards zero-carbon mines

Environment-conscious management of readymix waste

20th August 2021 The challenge for the readymix industry to manage waste in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable way requires innovative solutions that focus on ensuring the health and safety of people and the planet. Sustainability hurdles faced by the sector include returned concrete, grey water,... 

Image of AfriSam readymix operations channellinh grey water into settling pits
AfriSam readymix operations channel grey water into settling pits

Admixtures support transition towards low-carbon economy

28th July 2021 A new range of admixtures aims to support South African contractors to reduce their carbon footprint. A key feature of the admixture range is that it allows for better utilisation of mixes that incorporate high volumes of pozzolans such as fly ash. CHRYSO asserts that its EnviroMix range of... 

Image of concrete and vegetation to illustrate that The CHRYSO EnviroMix range of admixtures allows for reduced environmental impact from concrete mix designs
The CHRYSO EnviroMix range of admixtures allows for reduced environmental impact from concrete mix designs

‘Green’ garden hose made from plant-based materials

22nd September 2020 A new ecofriendly garden hose made from ‘green’ raw materials has been introduced as the first plant-based polymer hose in the world. The hose, launched by technology company Continental, uses sugar cane ethylene instead of petroleum-based products and is said to significantly reduce greenhouse... 

Continental’s EcoRubber garden hose with Eco-brass fittings
Continental’s EcoRubber garden hose with Eco-brass fittings

Air purifying paint improves indoor air quality

18th September 2020 A new paint that is said to reduce the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air, has recently been introduced. The paint is designed to improve indoor air quality by incorporating new air purifying technology to reduce amounts of harmful formaldehyde. 

Plascon Double Velvet Pure with the addition of formaldehyde abatement technology
Plascon Double Velvet Pure with the addition of formaldehyde abatement technology

High speed doors help to reduce energy costs

3rd June 2020 The drive for reduced energy consumption has led to industries seeking new ways of optimising the efficiency of energy usage across supply chains. High speed roll up doors are seen as a way of contributing to reduced energy costs, while also ensuring employee comfort. The doors allow for rapid... 

The Apex range of high speed doors incorporates a counterweighted balancing system
The Apex range of high speed doors incorporates a counterweighted balancing system

Custom cyclone solution solves Zambian TSF challenge

22nd April 2020 An innovative hydrocyclone solution is allowing a large Zambian copper mine to develop a safe and cost effective tailings storage facility (TSF). The TSF faced a number of specific challenges, including its extensive planned capacity and the area’s flat topography. The mine’s process plant pumps... 

The Multotec GV cyclones are designed specifically for tailings dam applications.
The Multotec GV cyclones are designed specifically for tailings dam applications.

Innovative thermal energy storage chain

26th February 2020 Academics at the University of Nottingham, in the UK have developed thermal energy technology for a range of applications including buildings, greenhouses, cold storage and industrial processes. The patented ChainStore technology is being promoted by Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and... 

Researchers at the University of Nottingham holding a sample of ChainStore
Researchers at the University of Nottingham holding a sample of ChainStore

Thermal imaging simplifies building management

6th February 2020 A building inspection system that combines a built-in thermal imager with moisture hygrometer and multi-spectral dynamic imaging has been introduced. The all-in-one, thermal-enabled moisture meter aims to give users a full understanding of problem areas in a building, by enhancing Infrared Guided... 

Robust ribbed PVC materials available

31st January 2020 A range of ribbed material manufactured from durable, impact- and scratch-resistant material, is now available. The new range of ribbed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) strip curtains is suitable for heavy-duty and high traffic applications. 

Strip curtains help to improve health and safety

16th January 2020 General purpose strip curtains offer a means of improving workplace health and safety by offering solutions for controlling dust, insects and temperature fluctuations. Large volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic in food manufacturing facilities and retail stores lead to an associated... 

Prize-winning edible straws

16th January 2020 A passion for environmental sustainability recently bagged a second-year Chemical Engineering student at Stellenbosch University (SU) a massive cash prize. Moved by a Facebook post of a sea turtle with a plastic fork stuck in its nose, 19-year old Leila Siljeur felt she had to do something to... 

Environment-friendly edible straws are popular with students
Environment-friendly edible straws are popular with students

Preventing sick building syndrome

6th December 2019 Monitoring devices that are able to detect high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have been introduced to the local market, with the aim of detecting poor air quality that can lead to sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome is a medical condition affecting people that occupy a specific... 

I-CAT

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th November 2019 I-CAT supplies tailor-made dust suppression technologies for both the mining and construction industries, implementing dust mitigating solutions for haulage roads, in plant areas as well as dormant and active tailing dams.  

I-CAT

Flooring gets a GreenTag

7th November 2019 A range of rubber flooring and paving products has achieved a Global GreenTag Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Level B rating from the green building product rating and certification organisation, GreenTag. GreenTag is an independent ecolabel and certification standard aimed at... 

Reusable bag puts the green back into greengrocers

24th October 2019 A reusable bag made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles will soon be available at Pick n Pay stores countrywide. The bag is aimed at promoting the circular economy by turning post-consumer primary packaging, in the form of plastic bottles, into secondary reusable... 

Helping companies to understand the Carbon Tax Act

10th October 2019 Training that assists companies to better understand and comply with the newly implemented Carbon Tax Act, is now available. The Carbon Tax Act commenced in June 2019 and aims to impose a tax on carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions and address related matters. 

Carton packaging moves to paper straws

10th September 2019 Customers have started field-testing the use of paper straws for packaged beverage products in Europe. The paper straw was developed to meet internationally recognised food safety standards and to be a fully functional and practical alternative to plastic straws. Made from Forest Stewardship... 

Battery electric loader set to launch

10th September 2019 A new battery electric load-haul-dump (LHD) underground mining loader is currently being developed. The design promises the use of advanced technology lithium-ion batteries and fast, onboard charging to advance safety and promote higher production. 

The new battery electric loader will use lithium-ion batteries and onboard charging
The new battery electric loader will use lithium-ion batteries and onboard charging

Continuous Emission Monitoring technologies to reduce carbon emissions

26th August 2019 The South African Carbon Tax Act, 2018 has been in operation since 1 June 2019. The South African government has committed to a 34% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020 and a 42% reduction by 2025. In addition, many companies are taking active steps to reduce industrial carbon... 

Renewable energy mounting system offers environment-friendly solution

13th August 2019 A new solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting solution offers a flexible way to build a solar energy system, without the use of obstructing substructures that are potentially damaging to the environment. By mounting solar modules on specially-designed ropes, which are attached to walls or pillars, a... 

New technology removes greenhouse gases

25th June 2019 New South African legislation will be in place by April 1, 2020, requiring existing plants to comply with minimum emission standards, or MES, for new plants to meet nitrogen oxides, or NOX, levels of less than 350 mg/Nm3. New technology is now available to assist nitric acid plants to become... 

African Innovations in Affordable Drinking Water

4th June 2019 A water purification system has been designed to offer a self-service drinking water refill solution for consumers. The system offers an alternative to single-use plastic water bottles and sachets and uses mobile technology to remotely track water usage at retailers across Africa.   

The team from I-Drop Water and Bluewater Group demonstrate the Waterpod
The team from I-Drop Water and Bluewater Group demonstrate the Waterpod

Pollution Monitoring Equipment

6th November 2018 Sole distributor of Dado Labs automatic isokinetic stack sampling equipment and ambient air quality (PM10 and PM 2.5) monitoring equipment.  Tel: 27833843641 

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