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Environmental News

Metrofile sees both environmental and business virtue in recycling

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa estimates that, for every ton of paper recycled, three square metres of landfill space is saved, 17 trees are put to other uses, coal-based emissions are cut down by a ton of carbon dioxide and enough energy is saved yearly to provide 520 homes with... 

There are financial gains to be had from 
greening the supply chain, says expert

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 Whether Al Gore’s documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘ struck a cord with you, or whether your pet hate is the abandoned paper at the printer, then there is a burning topic that needs to be discussed to get South African businesses going green. 

Lack of finance-package progress in climate talks a worry

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th June 2009 South Africa’s Environmental Affairs DG Joanne Yawitch – who spoke with Engineering News Online from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bonn, Germany – said on Thursday that she was confident that “we will come out of Copenhagen with an architecture... 

Sonjica says work on draft climate change policy continuing

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th June 2009 As World Environment Day was observed on Friday, South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica said that work on the country’s draft climate change policy continued. Work on the draft policy began in March this year, following intense deliberations at the Climate... 

Airports company to launch study into carbon footprint

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th June 2009 The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) would launch a study into its carbon footprint, by the second quarter of this financial year, the company said on Friday. Speaking at an environmental stakeholder breakfast, Acsa head of environmental safety Musa Dlamini said that the carbon footprint... 

AfDB invests R100m into clean-energy private equity fund

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2009 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R100-million equity investment in the Evolution One Fund, the first Southern Africa-focused private equity fund specialising in the areas of clean-energy and sustainable technologies.  

WWF to assess SA’s transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st June 2009 South Africa’s World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) is hoping to initiate discussions, and possibly also commission some analytical work, on what the constraints and opportunities for the country’s transition to low-carbon economy are. “There are a lot of outstanding questions. We can talk very... 

UNFCCC chief stresses importance of Copenhagen climate change pact 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2009 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretary general Yvo de Boer on Tuesday said that failure to reach agreement on climate change policy at the Copenhagen summit in December would result in future generations living in a world that was “extremely turbulent and... 

Green building becoming a mainstream global norm – council

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th May 2009 Globally, during construction and life-cycle, buildings consumed between 40% and 50% of the world’s energy produced, about 30% of resources, 20% of available water, and emit about 23% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than any other single sector. Buildings also produced about 30%... 

Office developers clamber for green-building accreditation, despite the crisis and higher costs

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd May 2009 Although there is no Green Star SA rated and certified property development in South Africa as yet, all the signs point to a built-environment industry that is beginning to take up the challenge of environmentally sound development, and one that is increasingly willing to transform. 

Businesses could cut emissions by switching off idle PCs

By: Christy van der Merwe     21st May 2009 Information Technology (IT) was said to account for 2% of global energy demand, and because a single Personal Computer (PC) running continuously could use in excess of 1 000 kWh/y, South African business could cut costs and associated carbon-dioxide emissions by implementing efficiencies. Of... 

Midrand’s Zonk’izizwe Town Center chosen as climate-positive project 

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th May 2009 The multi-billion Zonk’izizwe Town Center, an Old Mutual Property Investment’s mixed-use development in Midrand, was chosen as one of 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Programme (CPDP). The programme was a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) programme supporting the... 

Climate Group switches to telepresence system for international meetings 

By: Christy van der Merwe     20th May 2009 Telepresence, video and voice communications company Polycom and international nonprofit organisation the Climate Group on Wednesday announced an initiative using technology to advance climate change solutions. The initiative works to advance climate change solutions and accelerate a low-carbon... 

Conditions increasingly favourable in SA for IPPs, despite frustrations

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2009 Despite a definite air of frustration among potential South African independent power producers (IPPs), many of which have had their project plans set back by a series of regulatory and Eskom tender delays, international engineering consultancy Hatch believes that the prospects for IPP projects... 

WTO head calls for common vision on agricultural trade policy

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th May 2009 World Trade Organisation (WTO) DG Pascal Lamy has urged members to agree on a common vision for agricultural trade policy. However, he did maintain that the progress made, to date, has been important, despite the absence of a shared vision on agricultural trade policy. 

Lesotho efficient light bulb facility opens

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th May 2009 Lighting manufacturer Phillips says that it’s compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) manufacturing facility built in Lesotho, was opened in March this year. 

LOC to unveil Green Goal 2010 strategy in ‘weeks’, says Jordaan

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th May 2009 The FIFA 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) would unveil its national ‘Green Goal’ strategy in a “few weeks” confirmed LOC CEO Danny Jordaan. Speaking at the launch of the 2010 Sustainability Awards (an Impumulelo project in conjunction with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation),... 

CDM achievements ‘far outweigh’ difficulties and flaws – Unctad  

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th May 2009 A panel of climate experts, economists, and government officials have noted the difficulties, and discussed ways on how to increase participation by developing countries in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). At a three-day United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (Unctad) meeting... 

SA, Uganda agree to further develop science and technology cooperation

By: Keith Campbell     1st May 2009 SOUTH Africa and Uganda are seeking to develop their scientific and technological cooperation in number of important fields, including biosciences, environmental sciences, satellite applications, and energy research. The two countries are already partners in a number of international scientific... 

Cleantech approach to business continues to face impediments

By: Christopher Clarke     1st May 2009 A key factor in the expansion and economic success of new cleantech enterprises in South Africa, and globally for that matter, pertains to the demystification of cleantech as a business model. 

Green building council to start work on Green Star SA retail rating tool

By: Christy van der Merwe     28th April 2009 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) on Tuesday said it was looking for members to form a technical working group, which would work on the development of the Green Star South Africa retail rating tool. This would follow the model of the already established rating tool for office... 

Global regulatory changes to affect industrial packaging industry

By: Leandi Kolver     10th April 2009 A number of regulatory changes has been made by the United Nations (UN) regarding the transport of dangerous goods and the globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals, which will affect the entire industrial packaging industry. 

Cape Town hopeful that pressure-management system will save money and water

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th December 2008 The third-largest water pressure management system in the world was commissioned in Cape Town last month, not only to save the City millions of rands but also to help conserve South Africa’s scarce water resources. 

Fraser Alexander, Miwatek launch new AMD treatment technology

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     11th June 2008 Mining solutions company Fraser Alexander and water treatment company Mine Water Treatment Technologies (Miwatek) on Tuesday launched their acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment solution, in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. Unlike traditional AMD treatment solutions, which generate high volumes of... 

Sanitation infrastructure is underdeveloped and undermaintained

By: Leandi Kolver     6th June 2008 The issue of proper sanitation infrastructure in rural communities and its maintenance is still not fully addressed, Gauteng MEC Qedani Mahlangu acknowledged at the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) between government and mining companies for the Olifants river water resources... 

Electricity crisis creates nurturing environment for accelerated deployment of green-building techniques

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th April 2008 Awareness of the need to save energy and safeguard natural resources has grown markedly over the last decade as the scientific evidence of climate change and its potential consequences have permeated the popular imagination. 

Dwaf continues to develop Hartebeespoort dam resource management plan 

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) held the fourth technical task team workshop with its stakeholders in February this year at Broederstroom, to develop the resource management plan (RMP) for Hartbeespoort dam. 

Wastewater management facility receives new dissolved oxygen systems

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Supplier of monitoring and control instrumentation and sensors for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment applications, Action Instruments, has delivered two additional dissolved oxygen (DO) systems to the wastewater management facility, East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat). 

Engineering firm tackles tricky installation

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Gauteng engineering firm the Thuthuka group has assisted Rand Water with the installation of a large diameter pipe reticulation system to resolve water stagnation at one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the Southern hemisphere. 

Construction giant receives water treatment works upgrade contract

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Construction giant Group Five is making progress on a R165-million contract for Johannesburg Water for a 50-million liters a day extension to Johannesburg city’s biggest plant, Northern Waste Water Treatment Works (NWWTW). 

Sludge removal from Gautrain site

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 Process solution provider Alfa Laval is asisting Bombela project managers to find a more economic way to dispose of the unwanted sludge at its Mushroom Farm Park site.  

Engineering company receives Ballito wastewater treatment plant contract

28th March 2008 A positive record of decision was given to Siza Water Company by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) at the end of 2007, for the construction of the new Sheffield wastewater treatment works, north of Ballito.  

Greenfield sewage treatment works on the cards for Cape Town

28th March 2008 Specialist consulting engineering and project management group SSI, a subsidiory company of the Netherlands DHV engineering company, in joint venture with multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm PD Naidoo & Associates, has been awarded a multimillion-rand contract by the City of  

Borehole system offers mine dewatering solution

28th March 2008 Manufacturer of submersible electrical motors Franklin Electrical and manufacturer of engineered pumping solutions Denorco have joined together to introduce an innovative method of dewatering coal mines, using borehole pumps.  

Local company offers wastewater solutions

By: Loni Prinsloo     28th March 2008 The rapid population growth throughout the Southern African region has placed pressure on industry and institutions to manage wastewater more effectively. This has involved the upgrading of existing plants and pump stations and the installation of new reticulation systems. As a result, additional... 

Bearings group launches remanufacturing service centre

14th March 2008 Local bearings company SKF South Africa launched its bearings remanufacturing service centre in Jet Park, east of Johannesburg, last month. The R4-million project was a result of one of the major challenges facing the bearings industry, which are the ever-increasing lead-times for the... 

Glass recycling seen as big Big employment opportunity 

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th December 2007 The Glass Recycling Company (GRC) intends to set up at least 80 entrepreneurs a year, which, in turn, will see at least 4 800 new informal jobs created as up to 60 collectors sell glass to an entrepreneur. 


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