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Environmental News

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.... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

Ford Wildlife Foundation supports penguin rescue project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2021 The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) has extended its support to nonprofit the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds' (SANCCOB's) Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation project, in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. FWF is funded by the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and... 

SANCCOB's Penguin Rescue

SA Plastics Pact an effective platform for value chain collaboration

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2021 The South African Plastics Pact sets aspirational targets for the value chain to meet by 2025, and businesses, government, producer responsibility organisations, nongovernmental organisations and retailers are collaborating and developing solutions to ensure plastics are eliminated, reused or... 

Building owners have one year left to obtain energy performance certificates

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2021 Owners of buildings in South Africa have one year left to obtain and prominently display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or risk a fine of R5-million, five years imprisonment or both. The regulations, under the National Energy Act, were gazetted a year ago and apply until December 7,... 

HSBC says it will phase out financing of thermal coal by 2040

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2021 HSBC Holdings is planning to phase out the financing of coal used for generating electricity by 2040, the latest bank to commit to ending support for the greenhouse gas-intensive fossil fuel. The London-based lender will stop financing thermal coal in the European Union and countries belonging to... 

Eskom to engage on way forward after being denied permission to delay air-quality compliance  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2021 Eskom says the decision by government to refuse several applications for the postponement of the implementation of some of the air-quality compliance timelines set in legislation will result in the immediate shutting of 16 000 MW of capacity and have a “very significant impact on Eskom's ability... 

An Eskom power station
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Difficult road to air-quality compliance for Eskom

CHEP pallet rental solution reduces Clover's carbon emissions

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2021 Supply chain solutions company CHEP rents out and reuses 345-million wooden pallets used in the transportation of goods, which reduce costs and minimise environmental impact. The reuse model makes business sense, said CHEP South Africa customer relationship manager Celeste Enoch. 

Manufacturers key to redesigning products for a circular economy - Averda

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 While international climate agreements and local initiatives, such as the updated National Waste Management Strategy, help to spur businesses to pursue zero emissions and waste to the environment, 45% of global greenhouse-gas emissions are generated by the way people make and use products, says... 

As global steel industry mulls sustainable solutions, SA urged to ‘green’ iron-ore

By: Nadine James     10th December 2021 Producing ‘green steel’ in South Africa might be a distant dream, but exporting ‘green iron-ore’ is achievable in the medium term, says Afriforesight materials engineer and project innovation manager Dr Brandon Davoren. Amid the global trend towards sustainability and in the wake of the... 

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'Special apartheid': Mantashe accuses anti-Shell lobby of 'oppressing' development  

By: News24Wire      9th December 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has condemned "unrelenting attacks" on oil and gas development in South Africa, which appear designed to thwart economic growth and deepen unemployment in the country. "Africa deserves an equal chance to develop its economies on the strength of... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Sappi’s Cloquet mill receives external environmental management verification

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2021 Dissolving pulp producer Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US, is one of the first dissolving pulp facilities to complete an external environmental management verification process. The mill achieved a final score of greater than 80% on the Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification... 

Pic of Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US
Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US

JSE releases sustainability, climate change disclosure guidelines

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2021 Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become central and are, more than ever, being factored into the development of sustainable and resilient markets and economies, both locally and globally. The JSE acknowledges the challenges faced by listed companies in navigating the... 

Sahpra approves Pfizer booster dose in S Africa to curb Omicron variant

By: Sane Dhlamini     9th December 2021 The South African Health Products Authority (Sahpra) has approved a third booster dose for South Africans following the outbreak of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. This follows concerns at early evidence suggesting that the Omicron has a higher re-infection risk. 

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Speakers highlight factors impacting on ESG, funding

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2021 There are several things that are impacting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and funding for ESG measures, speakers outlined on day one of Fitch Ratings’ ESG Outlook Conference on December 8. Fitch sustainability director Nneka Chike-Obi said climate change was of importance for... 

Afri-Plastics Challenge kicks into third gear

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 The final strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge, called Promoting Change and delivered by London-based innovation foundation Nesta Challenges, will begin accepting applications from December 8. This marks the last leg of the challenge after Strand 1: Accelerating Growth and Strand 2: Creating... 

Up to 72 000 energy transition jobs could be created in Mpumalanga by 2030, study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2021 South Africa’s Mpumalanga province can compensate for a large share of the job losses that will arise in its declining coal sector and lay the foundations for the creation of a new clean-energy hub for the country by scaling up investments in renewable energy and accelerating coal... 

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Scatec awarded A-rating by CDP for tackling climate change

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 Renewable power producer Scatec has been placed on global environmental nonprofit organisation Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP’s) prestigious A-list for its corporate sustainability efforts in tackling climate change The company is among a few high-performing companies out of almost 12 000 that... 

GBCSA awards City Industrial Property building with Green Star, Net-Zero Carbon rating

By: Simone Liedtke     8th December 2021 City Industrial Property’s flagship Belville facility and home to City Logistics in Cape Town, has achieved a 4-Star Green Star Custom Industrial rating and a Net-Zero Carbon rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). “City Industrial Property is showing true leadership with... 

Pic of City Industrial Property's facility in Cape Town
City Industrial Property's facility in Cape Town

Decarbonisation roadmap highlights economic benefits and international support for South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2021 Europe-Africa energy cooperation foundation Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa's (Res4Africa's) 'Decarbonisation Roadmap for South Africa' report highlights the economic benefits of modernising and decarbonising the country's economy and demonstrates the broad international financial and... 

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