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Environmental News

Creating art out of historic waste

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2010 A sculpture, titled ‘Twenty Years Ago’, by Cape Town-based artist Christopher Swift, commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island prison, and is created out of mesh from the original prison fences and supported by scaffolding. 

Steel giant aims to reduce carbon footprint

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) tells Engineering News that the company has invested more than R-billion on environment-friendly projects to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure that it contributes to global efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental concerns. 

Institute aims to bridge the skills gap

By: Karishma Thakurdin     6th August 2010 The South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) is involved in a variety of initiatives to tackle the need for skills development and education in the foundry industry. 

Climate policy to go before Cabinet this month 

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd August 2010 South Africa's draft climate change policy, known as the green paper, would be submitted to Cabinet by the end of August, after which it would be gazetted for public comment, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said on Tuesday. DEA communications chief director Albi Modise further... 

New EIA regulations now in effect in South Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2010 South Africa's new environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations came into effect on Monday, which the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said started the official implementation process of a new regime aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of EIAs. The National... 

Act requires EIA for storage tank installation

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 While there is a drive from industries to become more ecofriendly, many small companies are not aware of the current environmental regulations under the National Environmental Management Act, No 107 of 1998, which require an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) to be undertaken before the... 

Developing a project 
pipeline in Africa

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 AMEC Minproc, part of international engineering and project management company AMEC, is developing its project pipeline in Africa through the delivery of feasibility studies, some of which it expects to convert to executable projects later this year. 

Coal miners should get involved in drafting of climate policy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th July 2010 The coal industry must be organised and innovative when providing comments on the draft Climate Change policy, which is expected to be released imminently, said Imbewu legal sustainability specialists consultant Marie Parramon. She said that coal miners should not simply oppose the document, but... 

Yearly green investments of $440bn needed to meet climate target 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2010 Some $440-billion a year of additional global investments would be required between 2010 and 2015 to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the levels outlined in the Copenhagen Accord, a new United Nations report argues. The ‘World Investment Report 2010', which was published earlier this week... 

SA business should investigate carbon tax implications

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th July 2010 South African companies must investigate the implications of a carbon tax, the details of which will be released soon, corporate law firm Webber Wentzel has said. The National Treasury has previously confirmed with Engineering News Online that the discussion document on carbon taxes would be... 

New fuel cell technology testing under way for marine industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2010 Provider of power solutions for the marine and energy industries Wärtsilä has installed a Wärtsilä Fuel Cell (WFC) 20 unit on board the Undine, a car carrier owned by Swedish maritime transport company Wallenius Lines and managed by Wallenius Marine, with the aim of testing a fuel cell in a... 

Engines meet future off-highway emissions standards

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2010 Supplier of engines, complete propulsion and power systems MTU, part of Tognum Group, recently presented their latest engine programme, designed to meet all future off-highway emissions standards, at Bauma, a construction machinery exhibition in Munich, Germany. 

Four SA cities earmarked for big Africa green city review 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2010 German technology giant Siemens has commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to compile an ‘African Green City Index' by the beginning of 2011, ranking the greenest cities in 12 African countries, including four South African cities. The study follows on from the recent publication of... 

Environment friendly approach 
can benefit 

By: Karishma Thakurdin     9th July 2010 Manufacturer of cable management systems and accessories Legrand South Africa says that it is crucial for all role-players within the cabling industry to adopt an environment-friendly approach to the development and sale of its products and systems. 

Business should embrace shift to low-carbon economy, EU climate commissioner asserts

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th July 2010 European Union (EU) commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard has urged business people to start immediately with the transition to a low carbon society. “While we are working hard politically at climate change negotiations, and establishing a global carbon price and so on, it is... 

Renewables scale-up core to Zille's sustainability road map 

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2010 Western Cape Premier Helen Zille officially released the Western Cape provincial government's (WCPG) strategic plan on environmental sustainability and resource-use efficiency in Cape Town on Wednesday, in which a target was set for generating 15% of the province's electricity from renewable... 

Association aims to tackle environmental issues

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 Industry body Packaging Council of South Africa, Pacsa, is involved in a variety of initiatives to actively promote the benefits of packaging, with a primary focus on environmental issues. 

New environment-friendly packaging solutions   

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 South African pulp and paper producer Sappi has introduced, innovative, custom-designed and environment-friendly paper packaging solutions through its ‘I choose paper' campaign. 

EU climate commissioner wants action on project financing pledges

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th June 2010 There are a "set of decisions on substantial issues" that should be tackled in the lead up to December's global climate change conference in Mexico - in particular the issue of financing from developed nations for projects in developing countries, said European Union (EU) commissioner for climate... 

Any future carbon taxes should be ‘revenue neutral’, 
accounting body argues

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th June 2010 She urges business to formulate a common position on carbon tax as a matter of urgency, pointing out that South Africa is behind the international curve. 

Cape Town using fan fest to showcase 
Green Goal initiative

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th June 2010 FIFA World Cup host city Cape Town is using the fan fest in the city to showcase its ‘Green Goal 2010’ environmental programme. 

New incinerator punted as a solution to SA’s medical-waste worries

By: Petronel Smit     25th June 2010 The significant global need for the safe incineration of medical waste, with no harmful effects on the environment, has led incinerator technology company Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) to design and manufacture the new, large-capacity Macroburn VMED 500C medical waste incinerator. 

Durban street traders receive 48 ‘safe’ plastic drums

25th June 2010 South Africa has seen a number of poison-related deaths recently from water being consumed from contaminated plastic drums. 

Company implements ‘uniform’ recycling policy

By: Petronel Smit     18th June 2010 A local security uniform provider, the Kit Group, has announced its intention to recycle more than 35% of its products within the next five years as part of a newly launched campaign designed to dispose of the clothing in an environmentally acceptable manner. Operating officer for the mining... 

SA backs Norway’s $1bn bid to advance carbon capture and storage

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2010 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has become the latest company to buy into the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), which is currently under construction in Norway, and which aims to further develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies - technologies viewed as a way to allow... 

SA backs Norway’s $1bn bid to advance carbon capture and storage

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2010 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has become the latest company to buy into the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), which is currently under construction in Norway, and which aims to further develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies - technologies viewed as a way to allow... 

Coca-Cola builds giant ‘crate fan’ in Newtown 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2010 Beverage giant Coca-Cola has completed its giant sculpture made from 2 600 Coca-Cola crates, which stands 15 metres tall in the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, overlooking the M1 highway. The company said that it was a quirky monument to the notion of recycling as part of the... 

Global carbon price platform required to help drive mitigation efforts 

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th June 2010 A "global uniform carbon price" was needed to ensure that adequate greenhouse gas emission mitigation took place to stop temperatures from rising to levels where dangerous climate changes would take place, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) structural policy analysis... 

Greening initiatives launched to offset World Cup carbon emissions 

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th June 2010 As the country prepares to welcome visitors for the imminent soccer spectacular, United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) outreach unit director Satinder Bindra said that he was in South Africa "to score an environmental goal or two", as stakeholders launched three initiatives under the... 

Industry has the potential to contribute to economic growth, avers council

By: Dimakatso Motau     4th June 2010 The composite materials industry has the potential to contribute to the growth of the local economy says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chief researcher and research group leader for composite materials Dr Rajesh Anandjiwala.  

Composite materials industry takes strain

By: Dimakatso Motau     4th June 2010 Material supplier of advanced composite products Advanced Material Technology (AMT) joint MD Jo Jacinto says that the negative effects of the global economy are a significant challenge, currently facing the composite materials industry. 

SA companies seek certainty on climate change policy – E&Y  

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd June 2010 The uncertainty around national climate change policy, regulations and timelines was negatively impacting South African companies' response to climate change, said consultancy firm Ernst and Young (E&Y) on Thursday, after conducting a survey on the matter. In a report, ‘Action amid uncertainty -... 

June will be a ‘watershed month’ for climate talks – WWF 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2010 As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) started in Bonn, Germany on Monday, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said that June would be a "watershed" month for global efforts towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future. The talks began on Monday, and the G8... 

Gauteng outlines green-economy plan

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th May 2010 The Gauteng Department of Economic Development said on Friday that it had developed a green economic development strategy for the province, to foster the development of manufacturing capacity and job creation. Economic Development Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Firoz Cachalia said that... 

Polyurethane product 
producer expands its 
service offering

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th May 2010 South African polyurethane product producer Uretech is expanding its service offering to local and foreign markets.  

Norway pushing for carbon capture to be included in CDM mix

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st May 2010 The Norwegian government continues to support the inclusion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as an acceptable technology under the clean development mechanism (CDM), as this would give companies and developing countries an incentive for CCS co-operation and technology deployment. “Fossil... 

SA should switch to a sustainable transport system 

By: Loni Prinsloo     19th May 2010 South Africa's transport sector faces a challenging future given its dependence on non-renewable oil resources and should seriously consider diversifying fuel sources and significantly reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, said the South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri).... 

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