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Environmental News

GreenCape celebrates decade of green economy growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2020 Since its official launch on November 5, 2010, GreenCape has leveraged its funding partnerships and industry networks to facilitate about R41-billion worth of investment into the South African green economy, supporting the creation of about 19 000 direct green jobs, the organisation says. “When I... 

Renewables display Covid immunity with record 2020 and strong outlook 

By: Terence Creamer     10th November 2020 New additions of renewable-energy capacity worldwide will increase to a record level of almost 200 GW this year, shrugging off the demand slump that accompanied the Covid-19 crisis and which negatively affected the demand for fossil fuels. In addition, a new International Energy Agency (IEA)... 

Renewables display Covid immunity with record 2020 and strong outlook

Eskom Political Task Team remains concerned about debt owed to the utility 

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th November 2020 The Eskom Political Task Team has agreed that all avenues should be explored to deal with the utility's debt challenge, including dealing with the underlying causes; for example inefficiencies, cost overruns, misappropriation of funds, cash losses due to unpaid debt by municipalities and other... 

Greenpeace urges African countries to lead climate developments on the continent

By: Sane Dhlamini     9th November 2020 Not for profit environmental organisation Greenpeace has called on African countries to lead the development of new climate databases and models rather than depend on other countries as future average temperatures on the continent are projected to increase at a rate faster than the global average... 

Greenpeace urges African countries to lead climate developments on the continent

VW CEO Diess says pandemic poses biggest near-term challenge

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2020 Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said the coronavirus pandemic poses the biggest near-term challenge for the world’s largest carmaker, hitting as the company shifts strategy to tackle climate change. While VW has a “healthy order bank” and remains confident on sales in the coming weeks, its... 

Pandemic prompts local focus on energy efficiency

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Owing to Covid-19, the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) has witnessed an increase in the number of new applications from companies for the Section 12L Energy Efficiency tax incentive. “With companies aiming to be competitive under the pandemic and remain in business,... 

Pandemic prompts  local focus on  energy efficiency
BARRY BREDENKAMP The economic benefits of energy efficiency are indisputable and will assist companies that are re-starting their operations

Flowmeters can reduce wasted energy

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 Specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products Actum Group offers a range of energy efficient products to service a variety of industrial and electric applications. “In our energy efficiency range, we have world-leading brands that can help customers run not only a... 

UFS, CBSS partner to design groundwater monitoring network for Central Karoo 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th November 2020 Independent specialists and researchers from the Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) at the University of the Free State (UFS), in partnership with specialists from Carin Bosman Sustainable Solutions (CBSS), have been appointed by the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) to design a... 

Ekurhuleni ready to exchange ideas during World Town Planning Day

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th November 2020 The City of Ekurhuleni will join the world in commemorating World Town Planning Day on November 8, bringing together role-players in the planning fraternity to exchange ideas that improve city planning. This year’s World Planning Day, also known as World Urbanism Day, will be commemorated under... 

Ekurhuleni ready to exchange ideas during World Town Planning Day

Germany examines ammonia to deliver green fuel for industry

By: Bloomberg     5th November 2020 Germany is looking at using ammonia and methanol as ways to deliver hydrogen as a clean-burning fuel for industry, part of its effort to make Europe’s biggest economy climate-neutral by 2050. The government is financing a feasibility study to evaluate ways of transporting hydrogen and is focusing... 

Germany examines ammonia to deliver green fuel for industry

US exits Paris climate pact with election outcome uncertain

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2020 The US has officially become the first nation to quit the Paris climate agreement, even as the outcome of the country’s presidential race remains undetermined. President Donald Trump, who’s fighting for re-election, moved to withdraw from the landmark environmental accord exactly one year ago,... 

Entries now open for 2021 GreenPitch Challenge

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2020 Innovators and entrepreneurs with “economically viable" green economy innovation business ideas have been invited by nonprofit organisation GreenCape, to enter and participate in the Invest Cape Town Business Hub GreenPitch Challenge 2021. Entries are open from November 4 and will close on... 

WWF launches plastics report, encourages deeper collaboration to end pollution

By: Donna Slater     4th November 2020 All actors in the plastics value chain have a role to play in dealing with the plastic pollution challenge, and while there are various policies and actions in place, independent conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says little can be achieved without deep collaboration,... 

Nurdle spill reignites Greenpeace’s plea for single-use plastic ban 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2020 Following a recent spill of plastic nurdles off the Southern Cape coast, Greenpeace Africa plastic campaign lead Angelo Louw says nurdle spills have destroyed South Africa’s coastlines over the past few years. He stresses the need for government to ramp up its efforts to eradicate single-use... 

Nurdle spill reignites Greenpeace’s plea for single-use plastic ban
Plastic nurdles

Saldanha Terminal acquires another dust suppressor  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd November 2020 Transnet Port Terminals' (TPT's) Iron Ore Saldanha Terminal has acquired and commissioned an additional machine to suppress dust. The investment is aimed at protecting the environment and complements the existing dust suppression tools already on site, TPT says. 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd November 2020 Fund management firm Climate Fund Managers’ Climate Investor Two Fund has partnered with Namibia Infrastructure Development and Investment Fund (Nidif), managed by Namibian private equity fund manager Eos Capital, and Kelp Blue for the commercial development of the world’s first large-scale kelp... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast
Kelp Blue kelp farm

Sasol unveils first carbon-offset deal as it seeks yet more projects 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol reports that it has secured more than 100 000 carbon credits in a transaction concluded under the South African Carbon Offset Administration System (COAS), set up to facilitate the listing, transfer and retirement of such credits to offset carbon tax liabilities.... 

Sasol unveils first carbon-offset deal as it seeks yet more projects
The 7 MW Bethlehem Hydro IPP

Sustainable financing imperative to sustainable future, says JSE’s Soobramoney

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2020 Finance has a significant role to play in a sustainable future, which comprises economic, environmental, social and governance responsibilities, JSE chief sustainability officer Shameela Soobramoney said during this year’s virtual Green Building Convention on October 29. Sustainability emerged as... 

Nature must be brought back into cities, says regenerative design expert

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2020 The construction and built environment industries need to strongly consider creative solutions, like integrating regenerative design principles, when designing and building facilities, global consulting company Mott MacDonald regenerative design head Amanda Sturgeon has said. Regenerative design... 

Sasol to test market for Southern African carbon-offset prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     29th October 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has indicated that it intends issuing a request for information (RFI) for the development and implementation of carbon-offset projects in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and has called on potential participants to register their... 

Sasol to test market for Southern African carbon-offset prospects

New coral species discovered on seabed prized for mining potential

By: Reuters     29th October 2020 Three species of black coral have been discovered on the seabed of the northern Pacific Ocean, an area where several countries have contracts to explore for metals including cobalt and nickel as they race to find new supplies of the key battery elements. The corals were discovered on deep... 

Eskom moves to appoint advisers to structure 'green' transaction 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2020 South Africa’s coal-heavy power utility is moving to appoint financial advisers to assist it in structuring a potential transaction that could unlock discounted ‘green’ funding for the debt-laden State-owned entity in return for it meeting agreed decarbonisation targets. Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter... 

Eskom moves to appoint advisers to structure 'green' transaction

Unilever ring-fences €1bn for Clean Future initiative

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd October 2020 Consumer goods company Unilever has launched its Clean Future initiative, which is aimed at engendering sustainability in the way it produces products and renders services. During a virtual launch of the initiatives on October 22, the company explained that it was seeking to transform its... 

Pipe theft causes crude oil to flow into Durban's Umbilo river

By: News24Wire      21st October 2020 The theft of a pipe has caused a crude oil spill in the Bellair area, in Durban, affecting the Umbilo river. The river flows into the Durban Harbour. 

SABS calls for stricter self-regulation around hazardous waste disposal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 Since the global outbreak of Covid-19, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been refocusing its attention on improving its services to assist in the fight against the pandemic and the hygiene matters related to controlling the spread of infection. To this end, the SABS says the... 

S Africa must put into effect revenue collection – Haroon Bhorat 

By: Sane Dhlamini     16th October 2020 University of Cape Town Professor Haroon Bhorat said on Friday that for South Africa to manage its deficit going forward, apart from hoping that growth gets kickstarted in the remaining part of the year, it has to move quickly in effecting revenue collection. Bhorat, who is also a member of... 

S Africa must put into effect revenue collection – Haroon Bhorat

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by... 

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda
Deloitte's Andrew Lane discusses the company's new global report and value beyond compliance with Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Habitat destruction has decimated Côte d’Ivoire’s forest elephant population

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th October 2020 A new study by researchers at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny d’Abidjan-Cocody in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has reported a large-scale and disastrous decline in the country’s forest elephant population. The study was published in the open-access journal “PLOS ONE”. It is probable that, in... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing

16th October 2020 For many years, the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa “have been largely, frustratingly, moot”, according to a statement from industry association LPG South Africa (LPGSA). The doubt surrounding LPG’s benefits stems from an historically inconsistent and unreliable supply... 

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing
BIG BOY Bidvest Tank Terminal’s large-scale mounded LPG storage facility in Richards Bay was scheduled for completion this year

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 Energy solutions company GE expects gas power to play an increasingly important role in the medium- to long-term future of the country’s energy mix as government continues to pursue decarbonisation through balancing the demands between a coal-fired past and a renewables future. GE Gas Power... 

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future
GAS FOR GROWTH The industrialisation ambitions of African nations depend on cleaner energy sources such as renewables and gas

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Gap analysis needed to guide  gas-to-power industry growth
Photo by Adobe
FLOATING GAS South Africa will need to import liquid natural gas for the short-term future, which will serve to stimulate the market

Expansion set for completion

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has announced that the expansion of the R14-million bulk water supply project in Underberg, for the Harry Gwala district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed and handed over by the end of this month. “The project addresses... 

Expansion set  for completion
UPHILL BATTLE One of the challenges faced during the project entailed an uphill installation which Zimile Consulting Engineers successfully completed without complications

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 According to a rough consensus derived from its end customers and partners, about 38% of South Africa’s produced water is non-revenue water, but water technology company Xylem Water Solutions South Africa says its key technologies assist in addressing this challenge. Non-revenue water is water... 

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss
SMART DETECTIVE The Smart Ball water leak detection an assessment tool can be deployed without having to disrupt the flow within the system

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity
Grundfos team leader Andrew Brunette discusses the company’s energy efficiency and maintenance offerings.

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 In a capital-constrained Covid-19-affected market, gas-fired generators offer the advantage of a relatively low upfront capital cost, compared with coal- or diesel-fired alternatives, says energy solutions company GE Gas Power Sub-Saharan Africa  executive Nosizwe Dlengezele. She adds that it is... 

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost
NOSIZWE DLENGEZELE Gas plays an important role in bridging the energy gap to help create a lower-carbon energy future

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 The growth of the e-commerce industry has led to demand for protective and branded packaging, says sustainable packaging solutions provider Mielie Mailer cofounder and MD Trent Pike. Unlike warehouse-to-store fulfilment – usually by road, with consignments usually packaged in bulk format of about... 

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging
RECYCLED WINE BOTTLES Company develops packaging solution that is plastic-free and made from recycled wine bottles
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