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Environmental News

UN climate change negotiations get under way in Bonn

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th August 2009 Global climate change talks, leading up to the Copenhagen conference in December, started in Bonn, Germany this week, and South Africa was represented at these informal talks by Department of Environmental Affairs negotiators. The aim of the talks was to pave the way to fair agreement, which... 

Climate change presents opportunity to move into new growth areas – CSIR

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th August 2009 Achieving economic growth and tackling climate change were not divergent issues, and a number of countries were seeing them as an opportunity to re-orientate some of their industries, by getting “out of the old failing industries and into new growth areas of green technology”, said Council for... 

Enviro specialists in short supply 
– recruitment consultant 

By: Darren Parker     7th August 2009 Environment-related jobs are in high demand, recruitment company Source Recruitment environmental specialist recruitment consultant Linda Maré tells Engineering News. 

Association urges proper disposal of ‘harmful’ electronic waste

By: Darren Parker     7th August 2009 The Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa (IWMSA) has issued a plea to consumers and business regarding the proper disposal of electronic waste (e-waste). 

Africa united at climate change negotiations 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th August 2009 Africa’s position at climate change negotiations was viewed as unified and strong, in fact, as a region, Africa was “probably the most unified”, said Department of Environmental Affairs international cooperation DDG Alf Wills. He added that developing countries, in general, were unified on the... 

Companies urged to slash their 
environmental impacts

By: Leandi Kolver     31st July 2009 Companies needed to consider the impact that creating their product has on the environment, noted consulting firm LMI research fellow Taylor Wilkerson at the recent Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa conference, pointing out that the biggest environmental challenges came... 

Israeli solid-waste treatment firm eyeing SA market 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st July 2009 Israeli biological municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment company Arrow Ecology is hoping to offer its low-cost ArrowBio biological waste treatment system to the South African waste market. 

€400bn transcontinental solar-energy venture 
gains heavyweight backers

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2009 Over the next three years a group of 12 large European companies will seek to map out investment plans of an ambitious transcontinental renewable-energy project, which proponents argue could supply up to 15% of Europe’s electricity requirements by 2050 and involve an investment of around... 

Public–private waste management programme advancing

By: Darren Parker     24th July 2009 Packaging company Nampak’s waste management joint venture with steel producer ArcelorMittal, Collect-a-Can is assisting the Department of Transport and the Msunduzi municipality to implement an environmentally conscious and self-sustaining infrastructure for waste management.  

Israeli firm launches wastewater treatment solution in SA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     24th July 2009 Israeli wastewater treatment solutions provider Aqwise has recently launched its patented attached growth airlift reactor (Agar) activity in South Africa, exploring opportunities in the country's promising market. Aqwise is an advanced wastewater treatment solution for the industrial and... 

Chartered Accountants Institute unveils ‘Green’ book  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd July 2009 In promoting sustainability and sustainable reporting, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has launched ‘Green’, a book tackling the issue of why corporate leaders should embrace sustainability and ensure profitability. ‘Green’ author Graham Terry said that his... 

Water treatment 
technology showcased 
in the Western Cape

By: Lindsey Berry     17th July 2009 Consulting engineering, environmental and project management group SSI has commissioned a wastewater treatment plant in Gansbaai in the Western Cape, which the company reports is the world’s first full-scale domestic demonstration sewage treatment works to use the Nereda technology. 

South Africa’s potable water use can be reduced by 25%

17th July 2009 Consulting engineering company SRK reports that with careful planning and research, potable water use in South Africa could be reduced by 25%. 

Lesson from Israel’s recycling park hub

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th July 2009 Israel’s Dan Region Association collects up to 2 800 t a day of household waste and it is for this reason that the association is transforming the former garbage dumpsite, Hiriya, into the country’s largest, most advanced environmental centre and public park, an idea that South African... 

New aeration solution promises 
big energy savings

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th July 2009 Israeli water technology provider Mapal Green Energy has installed an innovative, cost-effective aeration system for industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in Angola, with plans to export the technology to the rest of Africa, including South Africa. 

British Minister says SA plays positive role in climate change talks

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th July 2009 South Africa’s contribution to climate change negotiations was viewed as “very very welcome”, and the country was “playing a very positive role”, said British Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock on Tuesday. Addressing participants at the British High Commission in Pretoria, by way of... 

Govt adopts zero tolerance approach to water and environment offences

By: Dennis Ndaba     10th July 2009 South Africa is adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ of environment and water crimes, says Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. 

$160bn structure needed for developing nations to deal with climate change 

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th July 2009 A new global financial architecture would be an important part of the global climate change deal intended to replace the Kyoto Protocol post 2012, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has suggested that this system would need to generate at least $160-billion a year. As the high-profile... 

More low-carbon technology inventions needed to combat climate change – report

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th July 2009 The fight against climate change would not be won unless a “revolution” in the use of existing low-carbon technology, and numerous new inventions took hold, said the Global Climate Network (GCN) in its report released on Wednesday. Entitled ‘Breaking through on technology’, the report was... 

The production of biofuels could 
adversely affect water supply

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd July 2009 American scientists, in a recently released report, are cautioning that water consumption and agrochemical use during biofuels production can have an adverse impact on both the availability and quality of water resources. 

SA’s emission reduction plan lacks action – WWF  

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 While South Africa had commendable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, and played a positive role in international climate change negotiations, implementation and action on the ground was said to be lacking. “South Africa has the most comprehensive plan … on how we can reduce our... 

WWF urges G8 summit to take action on climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 As the Group of Eight (G8) countries prepare for the G8 summit in Italy next week, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has urged leaders to put meaningful climate change action at the top of the agenda, and issued the top industrialised nations with their ‘climate change scorecards’. Issues on... 

Opening up trade could have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions – report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2009 Opening up trade and combating climate change could be mutually supportive towards realising a low-carbon economy, a report published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep) stated on Friday. Examining the implications of... 

R700m bulk water pipeline project gets under way in KZN

By: Margie Inggs     26th June 2009 In one of the biggest capital projects it has ever undertaken, the eThekwini municipality’s water and sanitation unit has started work on a R700-million bulk water supply pipeline project that has been designed to boost supply to Durban’s western and northern areas, where unprecedented growth has... 

Separate tariffs may be required for large- and small-scale PV installations

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 In order to establish a functioning renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) for South Africa, Camco director Jonathan Curren suggests in the Socio-Economic Impacts and Regulatory Framework Requirements for a Solar PV Feed-in Tariff in South Africa study that two feed-in tariffs be established;... 

The case for including photovoltaics and biomass into South Africa’s feed-in-tariff system

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 In March, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announced and approved the landmark renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) guidelines, which included five renewable energy technologies, and drew praise from many ‘green lobbyists’ and potential investors. 

'Green Drop' report to be 
released next month

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th June 2009 The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA) will be releasing the Green Drop report next month. 

Levy on nonrenewable electricity to become effective July 1 

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th June 2009 The 2c/kWh tax on electricity generated from non-renewable resources would be implemented starting July 1. The tax, which was first suggested in the 2008 Budget by the Minister of Finance at the time, Trevor Manuel, was initially delayed, but would now come into effect, confirmed National... 

Industrial giant shows 
greenhouse gas leadership

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 Diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company GE has surpassed its first ‘ecomagination’ goal to reduce its own greenhouse gas intensity. 

KZN hopes to highlight waste-management progress and challenges through awards

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) in conjunction with the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs are calling on all waste management organisations in KZN to enter their annual Waste Management Awards. 

Paper group to team up with 
street collectors for recycling cause

By: Leandi Kolver     12th June 2009 It is estimated that approximately 1,9-million tons of recovered fibre is available for collection and recycling in South Africa every year. Every box that is recycled reduces wastepaper going to landfill sites and, at the same time, creates jobs. 

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.  


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