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Environmental News

Climate change could force millions to migrate within countries by 2050, warns World Bank

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 Unless urgent climate and development action is taken globally and nationally, just over 143-million people could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change by 2050, a new World Bank report 'Groundswell - Preparing for Internal Climate... 

AfDB teams up with international organisation to drive solar development in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the development of solar energy in Africa. The joint declaration recognises the bank's leadership in working with several parties, including governments, the private sector... 

Association urges producers to meet standards

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 There is a strong need for all bottled, or packaged, water producers to comply with stringent legislation and meet globally benchmarked standards to prevent gross disservice to the bottled water industry and the consumer, says South African National Bottled Water Association CEO Charlotte Metcalf. 

Association urges producers to meet standards
CHARLOTTE METCALF The quality of municipal water in South Africa is high, but it does vary daily

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission report. "To avoid a state of national panic, similar to that which occurred... 

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

New energy, environment partnership to further continental economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 A new Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) trust fund, covering Southern and East Africa was launched on Monday, with a combined commitment of €25-million from Finland and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The EEP is a multidonor fund providing early-stage grant and catalytic financing to... 

New energy, environment partnership to further continental economy

Scientists call for greater action on climate change

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has joined the global science community in calling on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change. The call forms part of a Consensus Statement on Climate Change, launched on Monday by 22... 

Scientists call for greater action on climate change

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th March 2018 University of Cape Town (UCT) academic and Future Water Institute lead researcher Dr Kevin Winter was part of a team of experts that joined United Nations (UN) climate action special envoy Mike Bloomberg – founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York – on a tour of the... 

UCT academic joins UN special envoy to discuss Cape Town’s water future
Photo by Reuters
Climate and weather variability has raised new uncertainties

Energy company launches new product, expands operation

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 Independent energy company SA Oil made its new brand of fuel, Accelerate Special Gasoline, available to the market last month. This follows the response to a product trial, which ran between 2016 and 2017, where it was made available in limited quantities and “enthusiastically accepted among... 

Energy company  launches new product,  expands operation
GARY PULLEN SA Oil is entering the agricultural market, with a client-centric service offering

Spending on innovation in industry inadequate

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th March 2018 The private sector is not investing enough money and resources in innovation in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, says thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak business development director Malindi Nkambule. “One of the greatest challenges facing the industry is the lack of product... 

Spending on innovation in industry inadequate
MALINDI NKAMBULE The chemicals and petrochemicals industry is in a fairly good state in relation to the challenges being faced

New targets for sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was... 

CSIR makes progress on first African climate change model 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is making progress in developing the first Africa-based earth system model to provide reliable projections of the potential impact of climate change on the continent. The model will provide input into the coupled model intercomparison... 

CSIR makes progress on first African  climate change model
CSIR natural resources and environment executive director May Hermanus and CSIR principal researcher Dr Rebecca Garland discuss the new Africa-developed earth system model.

Mondi joins WWF’s climate saving business leadership programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 Global packaging and paper group Mondi has adopted 2050 science-based targets to help limit the rise in global temperature to under 2 ˚C above pre-industrial levels by joining nature conservation organisation, the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) climate leadership programme for businesses –... 

Mondi joins WWF’s climate saving business leadership programme
Mondi's uncoated fine paper plant

Zambia taps climate fund to battle worsening drought

By: Reuters     5th March 2018 Zambian farmers facing more extreme weather are set to get better early warning and weather information to help them cope, as part of a new grant from the Green Climate Fund. In a funding round announced this week, the international climate fund approved $32 million toward a broader effort by the... 

Dialogue between govt, private sector key to R&D tax incentive success

By: Anine Kilian     2nd March 2018 The success of the research and development (R&D) tax incentive is dependent on ongoing and constructive dialogue between the government and the business sector, Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday. A task team, comprising representatives from the private and... 

Cape Town launches two landfill gas projects, working towards more 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 The City of Cape Town’s Department of Solid Waste Management on Friday launched gas extraction and flaring systems at the Coastal Park and Bellville South landfills, while a similar system is under development at the Vissershok South landfill. Each system comprises a wellfield made up of a... 

Cost-effective water treatment solutions imperative

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd March 2018 South Africans have to reduce water use and wastage by optimising existing processes such as segregating, recovering, treating and recycling effluent waters for reuse, reducing the overall water footprint, says water treatment specialist Proxa director of business development Elspeth Grahn. "This... 

Cost-effective water treatment  solutions imperative
CONSTRUCTION ON COURSE The construction of the two seawater desalination plants by Water Solutions - Proxa JV in Strandfontein and Monwabisi, in the Western Cape, is under way

Water preservation and treatment industry expected to grow

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Water preservation and treatment industries - from harvesting rainwater to the recycling of grey water and purification to potable water, as well as desalinating sea water - will vastly grow in importance globally, says Johannesburg-based valve manufacturer and supplier AVK Holding Southern... 

Water preservation  and treatment industry expected to grow
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES The Cape Town City Council is investigating advance leak- and pressure-detection technology to improve non-revenue water management within the region

SA company exploring nuclear, other opportunities abroad

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services’ current plans surrounding diversification into biomass, waste-to-energy and gas projects as well as its targeted geographical expansion is supported by the company’s niche expertise in bespoke... 

South Sudan accuses oil group of pollution, threatens shutdown

By: Reuters     1st March 2018 South Sudanese lawmakers have accused the consortium running the country's last working oilfields of dumping expired chemicals in the bush, and have threatened to shut down production unless it stops. Members of parliament's energy committee told the assembly they had seen containers holding old... 

Gabon accuses France's Veolia of polluting amid concession dispute

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Gabon accused French environmental services group Veolia on Tuesday of widespread pollution at SEEG, the power and water utility it operates there, amid a growing dispute over the company's concession. Veolia, which has already threatened legal action after the government seized SEEG earlier this... 

Diesel cars can be banned from German cities, court rules

By: Reuters     27th February 2018 German cities can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets, a court ruled on Tuesday, a move likely to be mirrored in other parts of Europe and to force automakers to pay to improve exhaust systems or switch to cleaner vehicles. There has been a global backlash against... 

China puts responsbility for battery recycling on makers of electric vehicles

By: Reuters     26th February 2018 China will make manufacturers of electric vehicles (EV) responsible for setting up facilities to collect and recycle spent batteries, as part of its efforts to tackle mounting waste in the sector, say new rules published on Monday. China, which began promoting electric cars in 2009, aims to... 

Company addresses ICT cooling shelters

23rd February 2018 Technology products manufacturer and services provider Tellumat has redeveloped its TK1 Positive Pressure System Air Handling Unit into a modular version of the revolutionary cooling system. The TK1 is a free air-cooling system specifically designed for information and communication technology... 

Company addresses ICT cooling shelters
Photo by Bloomberg
COOL COMMUNICATIONS South Africa’s climate of temperature extremes presents a significant challenge to the cooling of ICT equipment housing shelters

Energy efficiency hot topic in HVAC industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     23rd February 2018 The biggest potential for growth in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry lies in energy efficiency, as a great deal of research and development is going into variable-speed drives (VSDs) because they can cut a chiller’s yearly energy use by up to 30%, says HVAC company... 

Energy efficiency hot  topic in HVAC industry
TIME IS MONEY Johnson Controls’ products can get up and running within 30 seconds

SAWEA welcomes govt’s commitment to renewables

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) on Thursday appealed to President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as to the Finance, Energy and Public Enterprises Ministers to ensure the setting of a firm date for concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) for duly procured renewable energy, by no... 

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change  

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has published the second edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (Sarva), alongside the relaunch of the newly revamped online portal, to help business navigate current research on the risk and vulnerability of key social... 

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change
CSIR Natural Resources and Environment executive director May Hermanus discusses the climate change impact on Africa and the need for accessible information to aid decision-making. 21/02/2018. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Climate change driving energy innovation

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 Climate change is a major driver of global energy innovation, says Clinton Foundation climate initiative senior regional manager Fiona Wilson. Speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, she said climate change has not just become an environmental concern, but also an... 

Climate change driving energy innovation
Photo by Duane Daws
Clinton Foundation climate initiative senior regional manager Fiona Wilson

City of Cape Town welcomes 'major court victory for preservation of water sources'

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 A ruling by the Western Cape High Court has been described as "a watershed ruling" for the preservation of Cape Town's rivers, floodplains, and wetlands. The judgment refers to a case in which the City approached the courts to order Really Useful Investments, a developer of the Hout Bay Beach... 

Coega SEZ receives EIA approval for desalination, aquaculture zones

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Eastern Cape, has received environmental-impact assessment (EIA) approval for a 440 ha land-based aquaculture development zone (ADZ) and a desalination plant in Zone 10 of the Coega SEZ. “The approval of the EIA is a step towards fulfilling the Coega... 

Avian flu detected among seabird species

By: African News Agency      19th February 2018 The Department of Agriculture on Monday confirmed that the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu have been detected among sea bird populations in the Western Cape. Seven cases from six different sites across the provincial coastline have tested positive among African penguins and due to these species... 

Competition Tribunal dismisses Massmart complaint

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a complaint by Walmart-owned Massmart that exclusivity agreements between other retailers and landlords are excluding its Game stores from selling fresh grocery products. The Tribunal, for a second time, on Tuesday upheld arguments made by Shoprite Checkers,... 

Electric trucks sale targeted for 2019

9th February 2018 Truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units already being put into operation together with selected reference customers this year. 

Electric trucks sale  targeted for 2019
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks will reduce the burden on the roads during daytime rush-hour traffic

Water department seeking partnerships to strengthen policy environment

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated that it is seeking partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to strengthen the current water and sanitation policy environment, said Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, during the Water Infrastructure Investment... 

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Saliva drug testing growing in popularity

By: Paige Müller     9th February 2018 Since establishing that antiretrovirals (ARVs) cause positive cross-reactions during employee drug testing, saliva testing methods, which circumvent cross-reaction issues, have drastically increased in popularity, says Pretoria-based drug and alcohol testing equipment and accessories company... 

Fresh legal challenge in 'big stink' landfill battle

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 The row over the "rotten egg, big stink" - said to come from a landfill site adjoining the Durban suburbs of Hillcrest and Shongweni - has intensified, with a fresh legal challenge seeking to compel the relevant ministers and departments to take action against the site’s owners, waste management... 

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