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Environmental News

Parallel compressor systems brought on by tech development

18th September 2020 In the past, individual or single compressor systems were used for most medium and low temperature applications. However, with continuous refrigeration technology development, multiple or parallel refrigeration systems were introduced into the industry. 

Environmental concerns driving industry change

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 A disruptive change is currently underway in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) refrigerant market, global safety science company UL states. 

Environmental concerns driving industry change
GOING GREEN Driven by environmental concerns, global promoters are advocating the phase-out of traditional refrigerants in favour of new alternatives with a lower global warming potential

HVACR industry at a turning point

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry is at a turning point and it is up to all the innovators in the industry to take the lead and set a new standard for South Africa, multinational air-conditioning manufacturing company Daikin South Africa MD Koen Van... 

HVACR industry at a turning point
KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate

Creecy shares strides govt has made in circular economy efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy says government understands how green industries can open up new possibilities for development and create much-needed jobs in South Africa. Delivering a keynote address at the Waste Khoro 2020 event, which was held virtually on... 

Global Center on Adaptation opens regional office in Côte d’Ivoire

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2020 Hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) launched its African regional office on September 17.  GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that... 

South Africa partners with Unido to raise awareness about protecting the ozone layer 

By: Yvonne Silaule     17th September 2020 South Africa has partnered with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) to hold roadshows to raise the awareness about the need to protect the Earth's ozone layer. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu says that, as a Party to the Montreal... 

Sasol to become first raw material supplier signatory of Operation Clean Sweep

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has become the first South African raw material supplier to the plastics industry to become a signatory of Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) – an international stewardship programme designed to prevent resin pellet, flake and powder loss and help keep this material out... 

Circular economy to be promoted through new waste strategy − Creecy 

By: Donna Slater     14th September 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy says South Africa has aligned policy and strategy with the circular economy concept. This follows shortly after Cabinet's approval of the National Waste Management Strategy 2020 (NWMS).  

Government approaches climate change action from all angles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th September 2020 Cabinet last week approved three key actions that will contribute to an environment that is healthy for all South Africans and able to contribute effectively to sustainable economic development and job creation, says the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF). These actions... 

Government approaches climate change action from all angles

Female and male leopards hunt at different times of the day, research has discovered

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2020 Research conducted in Tanzania has established that, unexpectedly, female and male leopards are active at different times of the day. The work was conducted by Natural History Museum of Denmark researcher Rasmus W Havøller in the dense rainforest-covered Udzungwa Mountains. As the area is... 

JSE introduces ETFs to help investors meet ESG objectives

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2020 The JSE has introduced the Satrix MSCI World Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Enhanced exchange-trade fund (ETF) and the Satrix MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Enhanced ETF. The Satrix MSCI World ESG Enhanced ETF and Satrix MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Enhanced ETF give investors the opportunity... 

CSP towers’ impact on birdlife lower than expected, can be reduced

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 A study conducted by Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of AgriSciences has found that the 50 MW Khi Solar One facility, near Upington, is impacting on the surrounding bird life, but not to the extent expected. It is also possible to reduce the impact that concentrating solar power (CSP) towers... 

CSP towers’ impact on birdlife lower than expected, can be reduced
Khi Solar One plant, in Upington

Large-scale solutions for Indian companies

11th September 2020 Multinational conglomerate company General Electric Power India Limited (GEPIL) has been awarded three contracts in July for a combined value of $112.57-million to supply its best-in-class air quality control systems (AQCS) solutions to three companies. 

Large-scale solutions  for Indian companies
AIR QUALITY CONTROL GEPIL has been awarded three contracts to supply its best-in-class air quality control systems solutions to three companies

Low-pressure mist solution effectively mitigates dust

By: Theresa Bhowan     11th September 2020 To mitigate fugitive dust emissions at mining operations, environmental solutions company I-CAT offers end-to-end integrated dust-management solutions that comply with all relevant industry regulations and standards. 

Low-pressure mist solution  effectively mitigates dust
FLY-AWAYS With low-pressure misting solutions, water droplets dampen the dust and limit its volatility

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Private reserves support public reserves in protecting carnivores

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2020 Research undertaken in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province by an international team of wildlife ecologists has not only confirmed the value of privately-owned nature reserves and game farms in conserving free-ranging carnivorous animals but also highlighted the fundamental role of formal... 

Cabinet approves establishment of Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2020 Cabinet has approved the establishment of a Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission. This is in line with the Presidential Job Summit Framework Agreement signed during the Presidential Job Summit in 2018. 

Research makes clear that protected areas are crucial to conservation

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th September 2020 A study led by researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia has highlighted the importance of protected areas for wildlife conservation. Indeed, many endangered mammal species are dependent on these protected areas for their survival. “Since the 1970s, the global network of protected... 

Research makes clear that protected areas are crucial to conservation
Photo by Kaziranga National Park
The Greater one-horned (or Indian) rhinoceros is now totally dependent on protected areas for its survival

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 International cooperation will be key to unlocking the competitive production of green hydrogen as global trade will be required to link those countries, such as South Africa, that are best suited to producing the energy carrier, using a combination of low-cost renewable energy, water and... 

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen

Satellites confirm rapidly increasing ice sheet loss

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th September 2020 The European Space Agency (ESA) highlighted on Tuesday that analysis of data, much of its gathered from ESA satellites, had established that the loss of mass by the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets was matching the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst-case scenarios. (ESA is... 

Satellites confirm rapidly increasing ice sheet loss
Photo by ESA
Ice pillars floating off Greenland

Zimbabwe bans mining in wildlife parks

By: Reuters     9th September 2020 Zimbabwe's government has banned mining in game reserves following concerns from conservationists who accused two Chinese companies of exploring for coal in the biggest national park, Hwange. Hwange, in western Zimbabwe, is home to the country's biggest elephant herd - more than 40,000, large... 

juwi sponsors employee’s 7 000 km solo Atlantic rowing endeavour

By: Donna Slater     8th September 2020 Departing in December, Capetonian Zirk Botha – a former naval combat officer and adventure racer – will undertake a 7 000 km solo rowing trip from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, with renewable energy company juwi Renewable Energies South Africa sponsoring his feat. Botha, who also works... 

juwi sponsors employee’s 7 000 km solo Atlantic rowing endeavour
juwi economic development manager Zirk Botha with his boat - Ratel - at the False Bay Yacht Club.

AfDB joins African Green Revolution Forum as sponsor for virtual event

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th September 2020 Finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) is returning as a partner of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) – Africa’s largest agriculture conference – being held online for the first time in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The tenth yearly AGRF, being held from September 8 to... 

Scientists ascertain oceans are absorbing more carbon dioxide than previously believed

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2020 An international research team led by scientists at the University of Exeter in the UK has determined that the world’s oceans are absorbing significantly more carbon dioxide than previously believed. The team also included scientists from the University of the Highlands and Islands, the... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has initiated a process through which it aims to identify potential partners for the development and demonstration of technologies that can utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced at its South African operations as part of a broader strategy to lower its... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations

New proportioning system ideal for refineries

By: Darren Parker     4th September 2020 Fire-suppression systems developer FireDos launched the third generation (Gen III) of its foam proportioners for fire extinguishing systems globally at the end of last year. The technology has since been made available in South Africa through local partner and distributor DoseTech. The Gen III... 

New proportioning system ideal for refineries
A NEW GENERATION The Gen III foam proportioner can handle all types of foam agents, even highly viscous, alcohol-resistant and fluorine-free foam agents

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 Krugersdorp heat pump manufacturer EMS Holdings will officially launch its world-first 200 ℓ low-pressure, integrated heat pump alongside its official distributor, ACDC, at Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect from September 7 to 11. “For the first time in a long time, we have something that is... 

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra
FRANCO DIEDERIKS Since the ease of the lockdown, sales are starting to pick up, especially among new developments and refurbishment projects

Japan continues to assist in oil cleanup off Mauritius coast

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2020 Following a massive oil leak earlier this month from a stranded vessel off the coast of Mauritius, Japan has dispatched a third Japan Disaster Relief Expert (DRE) team to undertake on-site environmental assistance activities, at the request of the Mauritian government. The team left Japan on... 

EDS Systems launches GHG emissions monitoring, reporting tool

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2020 Technology company EDS Systems has launched a carbon tax analytics solution called EcoGauge. This locally designed tool assists organisations with the monitoring and management of their carbon emissions, to ultimately help reduce the administrative burden of compliance measurement and... 

FNB cuts the carbon footprint of its branches by 50% over five years

By: Donna Slater     1st September 2020 After the adoption of carbon-cutting measures to drive energy efficiency across a network of more than 600 branches in South Africa, financial services provider First National Bank (FNB) FNB has reduced the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint in its branches by nearly 50% over a period of five years.... 

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?

1st September 2020 In this opinion article, Vantage GreenX MD Alastair Campbell, who spent 25 years as an investment banker and who manages the R5-billion GreenX Debt Funds, says the renewables programme has proved that the private sector will invest in South African infrastructure once policy certainty is... 

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?
Alastair Campbell

State is falling short of expectations – Ramaphosa  

By: Sane Dhlamini     31st August 2020 As South Africa prepares to observe Public Service Month in September, President Cyril Ramaphosa admits that there are fundamental problems government is working to fix. He pointed out that the experience for many South Africans is a State that is falling short of expectations. He said government... 

State is falling short of expectations – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Department invites comment on guidelines for GHG verification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2020 The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has invited public comment on the Technical Guidelines for Validation and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by September 24. The purpose of the verification guideline is to support the implementation of the mandatory... 

Department invites comment on guidelines for GHG verification

Private reserves in SA contribute to protection of carnivores but formal parks remain key

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th August 2020 Research undertaken in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province by an international team of wildlife ecologists has confirmed the value of privately-owned nature reserves and game farms in conserving free-ranging carnivorous animals but also highlighted the fundamental role of formal (national and... 

Private reserves in SA contribute to protection of carnivores but formal parks remain key
Photo by Gonçalo Curveira-Santos
A Leopard photographed by one of the research cameras

Regulations, pricing a challenge for local LNG uptake

By: Theresa Bhowan     28th August 2020 Despite there being vast benefits to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) locally, natural gas producer Renergen tells Engineering News that regulations and pricing are impeding the growth of the LNG sector. 

Regulations, pricing a challenge  for local LNG uptake
RENEWING ENERGY Renewable energy is fast becoming more affordable

Camden power station resumes operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2020 Operations at the Camden power station resumed on August 27 after a four-month shutdown. The shutdown was implemented to relocate ash from an unsafe dam at the station. 

Govt extends enviro assessment practitioners registration deadline to 2022

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2020 The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has confirmed that environmental assessment practitioners have until February 7, 2022, to register with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa. This extension of 24 months, from the prior deadline of February 8... 

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