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Environmental News

Inert gas technology prevents oxidation

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Gas company Air Liquide reports that new inert gas technology which prevents the oxidation of wine, and thereby maintains the quality and character, has been introduced to the wine industry. 

Responding to 
climate change

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Winery Nederburg’s viticultural team is currently involved in a range of vineyard management strategies in response to climate change. 

Green logistics critical for business

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th November 2009 Diversified logistics company Imperial Logistics reports that there is a growing interest, awareness and maturity around the business necessity for green logistics and aims to place this environment-friendly trend higher on its business agenda. 

Identifying the water footprints of the beer value chain

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Major beer brewer SABMiller and global conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are working together on water footprinting to better understand the quantity, efficiency and geographical context of water used to produce beer, in order to better manage the resource. 

Hopes for ambitious climate agreement at Copenhagen fade

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th November 2009 Shifting from an optimistic standpoint in August, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica on Tuesday stated that it appears to be “increasingly unlikely” that the conference of the parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the meeting of the... 

SA delays release of draft climate policy to March

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th November 2009 South Africa’s draft zero climate change policy, which was due to be released by the Department of Environmental Affairs by the end of September, has been postponed, as the department deployed the majority of its resources into supporting negotiating standpoints related to international climate... 

Africa badly lagging its water, sanitation targets 

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th November 2009 Only 26 countries were on track to meet their targeted Millennium Development (MDG) goals on water and six for sanitation, African Minister' Council on Water (AMCOR) general secretary Bai-mass Taal told the second Africa Water week on Monday.  

Africa united at climate change negotiations, determined to avoid getting a ‘raw deal’

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th November 2009 Determined not to get a “raw deal”, Africa has emerged with “the most unified voice” compared with other negotiating blocs at the current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Barcelona negotiations. African negotiators in Barcelona on Thursday told journalists in... 

New legislation with increased penalties for environmental trespassers 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) reports that it is gearing up for the implementation of a new law, the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act. The department had hoped the act would have been in force by September, but it has been delayed to early next year. However,... 

SA businesses to feel climate change impacts

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Independent commercial law firm Deneys Reitz reports that climate change and all its associated effects are going to have a significant effect on South African businesses. 

Asbestos banned, but legacy continues

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Environmental consulting firm Conservation Support Services (CSS) South Africa project manager Robert Jones completed a study for the former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, which indicated that a large number of communities in the Northern Cape, North West province and Limpopo... 

Fuel giant drives 
risk assessment 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Energy company Engen has introduced a risk assessment profiling (RAP) tool as part of its five-year spill intervention programme to further drive its zero tolerance on fuel spillage and leakage. 

R12,5m air pollution project under way 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The South African government has contracted environmental monitoring company SI Analytics to measure the pollution levels for the five-year, R12,5-million Highveld priority area project, which started in August 2008. 

Corrugated pallets to help reduce carbon footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th October 2009 Corrugated pallet manufacturer CX Pallets, located in Johannesburg, reports that there is ever increasing pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprint and incorporate more environment-friendly products in the supply chain. 

‘Fresh money’ needed for technology transfer at December climate talks – Norway

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th October 2009 Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim has reaffirmed that “there must be fresh money on the table at Copenhagen for technology transfer and adaptation schemes”. Solheim was addressing South African journalists visiting Norway, and discussed the highly... 

Lack of political will threatens Copenhagen climate talks 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2009 The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that a lack of political will could divert the world from achieving a climate deal in Copenhagen, with WWF Global Climate Initiative leader Kim Carstensen saying that Copenhagen should not become another Doha, for which negotiations have continued for... 

Global body launches alternative-fuels service

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2009 A dramatic growth is expected worldwide in the use of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and hybrid vehicles, more than doubling their use in the next decade in helping address the issues of climate change and energy security, according to the International Fuel Quality... 

Second-generation biofuels on the brink of commercial breakthrough, says study

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd October 2009 Pretreatment and gasification technologies are on the verge of making second-generation biofuels a commercial reality, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, entitled ‘Worldwide Market Analysis of Second Generation Biofeedstock’. 

Government looks to CCS to drive its environmental 

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 At the launch of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage in Sandton, last month, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters outlined government’s road map for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in South Africa. 

Group aims to 
curb emissions

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) company Sasol has set tough targets to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in existing and new coal-to-liquids processes. To achieve these goals, Sasol CEO Pat Davies has indicated that the group would invest significantly in carbon capture and storage... 

Firms increase carbon transparency as SA moves to make practice mandatory 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2009 South African resources and industrial groups, many of which are involved in what would be considered highly carbon-intensive business activities, featured strongly in the top 15 positions of the 2009 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report, which was topped by banking group Nedbank. The report,... 

2010 soccer World Cup emissions to soar – Minister

By: Reuters     19th October 2009 Carbon emissions from next year's soccer World Cup are expected to soar from the 2006 benchmark set by Germany, but host South Africa said on Monday it would invest in carbon credits to mitigate the impact. Emissions accelerate global warming and major sports events, including the Olympics and... 

Findings of ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report’ 
to be discussed at November conference

By: Leandi Kolver     16th October 2009 The majority of South Africa’s companies are not implementing environmentally sustainable business strategies, according to TerraNova Research’s ‘Supply Chain Intelligence Report 2009’.


Cape Town susceptible to effects of sea level rise – new study

By: Jade Davenport     16th October 2009 Global climate change predictions suggest that, amongst others, sea level rise and an increase in the intensity and frequency of storm events may have a significant impact on coastlines across the globe.  

Insurers have role to play in 
climate change mitigation

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 The report named ‘The Climate Risk Challenge - The role of insurance in pricing climate-related risks’, explains that there is a strong need to create a structure of sustainable, market-friendly incentives for climate risk adaptation and mitigation. 

Companies lauded for 
being open about their 
carbon footprints

By: Darren Parker     9th October 2009 Insurance company Allianz, energy company Consolidated Edison, infrastructure systems provider EMC, home, health and personal-care product supplier Reckitt Benckiser, technology producer Siemens, chemicals group BASF, airplane maker Boeing and network provider Cisco Systems were among the global... 

SA has signficant bioenergy production capability – academic

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 South Africa has the intellectual capital and natural resources to produce renewable bioenergy to power cars, contribute to the national power grid and create thousands of jobs, according to Stellenbosch University’s Professor Johann Görgens. 

How one SA company mines SA’s satellite-imagery resource to make life easier while making a profit 

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 There’s more to geography than capitals, clouds and tornados, climate, countries, people, maps, and flags. Today, geography is a serious consumer-facing business, helping us to reach our destinations with the aid of global positioning systems (GPS) on our cell phones, or even the simple road map,... 

Busa calls for sustainable and balanced climate change deal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2009 Business should play a positive role in creating a new global climate change agreement that would be “sustainable and more successful than the Kyoto Protocol”, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Tuesday. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC’s) global... 

WWF calls for strict global ‘carbon budget’

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd October 2009 Coinciding with the global climate change discussions currently taking place in Bangkok, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Friday released an offering to governments for discussion, entitled ‘Sharing the effort under a global carbon budget’, and called for strict implementation of a global... 

'Decisive action' needed on climate change 

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd October 2009 Consensus on the science of climate change had emerged at various meetings of the major economies, however, it was hoped that this consensus would "translate into decisive action", said French Embassy deputy head of mission first counsellor Phillippe Orliange. He said he hoped for a major... 

Active antenna solution could 
help reduce carbon emissions

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd October 2009 Global communications network solutions and services provider Nokia Siemens Networks and international mobile telecommunications company Vodafone have successfully tested a new antenna technology designed to reduce carbon emissions and improve the cost efficiency of mobile phone networks for... 

Cement firm to include carbon-disclosure ‘stamp’ on packaging

By: Darren Parker     2nd October 2009 Cement producer Afrisam continues to make an effort to reduce is carbon footprint and move toward sustainable, environment friendly cement production, following its announcement to introduce a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rating ‘stamp’ that will appear on every bag of cement that the company... 

Calls for CCS technology to be included under CDM

By: Christy van der Merwe     30th September 2009 Speakers at the South African Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) conference on Wednesday agreed that including CCS under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) would be imperative in driving the technology forward, particularly in the developing world. International Energy Agency analyst Brendan... 

CCS technology can help SA reduce emissions - Minister   

By: Christy van der Merwe     29th September 2009 "We cannot neglect any technology that will assist us to address the matters of energy security and climate change," said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday, as she officially opened the South African Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) conference. She explained that although South Africa did... 

Multiutility Inga model questioned and defended

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2009 A South African electrical engineer has raised serious concerns about the wisdom of pursuing the multibillion-dollar Inga hydroelectricity project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a regional endeavour, capitalised solely through equity finance from the five founding shareholder... 

SA to host carbon capture and storage conference

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th September 2009 South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters will on Tuesday officially open the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) conference, which aims at raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of implementing this technology. As an emerging economy with a coal-based energy economy, the South... 

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