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Environmental News

Global emissions hit record as energy demand boosts fuel use  

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2019 Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use hit a record last year after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade, reflecting higher oil consumption in the US and more coal burning in China and India. Those findings from the International Energy Agency mark a setback for the effort to rein in... 

Local industrial waste being made into paints

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 Local construction materials firm Amoriguard sustainably consumes recycled industrial waste to produce construction products and paints and, in certain applications, improve the performance of the products compared with conventionally produced products, says Amoriguard developer and founder... 

Local industrial waste being made into paints
BUILDING MATERIALS The company is finalising a basic colour range for cement tiles

Climate challenge harder than it seems, JP Morgan executive warns

By: Bloomberg     20th March 2019 The world isn’t cutting carbon emissions anywhere near quickly enough, a senior executive at JP Morgan Asset Management told clients this week – and changing that will require far harder choices than most people realise. In his annual 'Energy Outlook' report, Michael Cembalest, chairperson of... 

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2019 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace Africa on Tuesday reaffirmed its opposition to State-owned Eskom’s application for further postponements and/or suspensions from air quality legislation. The organisation explained that, in the interests of realising the Constitutional right to a healthy... 

Greenpeace opposes Eskom’s application to postpone air quality legislation compliance
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Greenpeace global air pollution unit lead analyst Lauri Myllyvirta

Coca-Cola fast-tracking collection, recycling of PET bottles

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2019 In commemoration of Global Recycling Day, and as part of a focused World Without Waste campaign, the Coca-Cola Company is accelerating the collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles across Southern and East Africa. Along with its bottling partners and other industry... 

Emira on track to achieve environmental sustainability targets – CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     15th March 2019 Diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund is continuing its positive impact on environmental sustainability by increasing its use of renewable energy resources, expanding its water efficiency initiatives and phasing out the use of ozone depleting R22 refrigerant gas. The... 

Emira on track to achieve environmental sustainability targets – CEO

Solution to convert plastic to cement-like blocks soon to launch in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th March 2019 Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration (CRDC) CEO Don Thompson has invested a process that he says can turn any plastic – dirty or clean and in any form – into cement-like blocks. The products (that achieve this) are called EcoArena Pre-Conditioned Resin Aggregate and Ecoblock, and... 

Solution to convert plastic to cement-like blocks soon to launch in South Africa

Variable climate presents challenges

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 A more variable climate is creating the challenges of ensuring adequate water supply in dry areas and dealing with higher rainfall in wet areas. Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd tells Engineering News that water variability in... 

Variable climate presents challenges
RIVERBANK EROSION Severe erosion is taking place in South African rivers, with sheer walls and embankments a sure sign of material being washed downstream

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 There is huge demand for electricity in Africa, with about 600-million people on the continent who have no access to electricity. 

Africa needs to embrace all forms of energy, says Van Loggerenberg
MARLEZE VAN LOGGERENBERG We need to embrace LNG as one of the renewables that can make a difference globally

World Bank doubles pledge for climate adaptation, mitigation in Africa

By: Bloomberg     14th March 2019 The World Bank will more than double its commitment to climate adaptation and mitigation in Africa over the next five years to $22.5-billion. “This region is particularly vulnerable to increasing floods, droughts and destructive storms,” World Bank Group Interim President Kristalina Georgieva... 

Redisa says to revive operations after Supreme Court ruling

By: African News Agency      14th March 2019 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) says it is committed to reviving its operations after the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in January overturned a liquidation order against it granted in 2017. Redisa said the SCA judgement found that former environmental... 

'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls – UN

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Global exploitation of natural resources – from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones – has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of natural resources –... 

Greenpeace Africa says Eskom’s MES postponement application draws false conclusions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2019 Environmental organisation Greenpeace Africa said on Monday that power utility Eskom was misleading the public and decisionmakers by underestimating the health impacts of its coal-fired power stations, in a bid to avoid compliance with air-quality legislation. Greenpeace was responding to the... 

Greenpeace Africa says Eskom’s MES postponement application draws false conclusions

CSIR launches tool to help municipalities assess their climate risks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched an open access online climate risk profiling and adaptation tool – the Green Book – to assist municipalities across South Africa to assess their climate risks and implement adaptation measures to develop climate... 

Awash with plastic bottles and lacking a law, Kenya struggles to recycle

By: Reuters     8th March 2019 As global concern over plastic pollution rises, corporate giants such as Coca-Cola and Unilever are pumping cash into a recycling initiative in Kenya they hope will provide a model for other developing countries. However, the voluntary scheme lacks legal backing, leaving a few companies to pick... 

Ramaphosa takes Good Green Deeds environmental programme to the people

By: African News Agency      7th March 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa will, on Friday, International Women's Day, officially launch the national Good Green Deeds programme in East London, Eastern Cape, at the Sisa Dukashe stadium in Mdantsane.  Provinces are expected to host similar Good Green Deeds activities simultaneously, the... 

Climate kids march for climate action

By: News24Wire      7th March 2019 There is a new movement in South Africa led by "climate kids" who will join a global school strike on March 15 to call for climate action from governments who they say are "stealing our future". An estimated 2 000 pupils will gather outside Parliament in Cape Town and more at the Union Buildings... 

Water dept urges users to be mindful as end of rainy season approaches

By: Simone Liedtke     6th March 2019 Even though this year’s dam levels have improved drastically compared with two years ago, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Wednesday urged water users in all provinces to continue with water-saving habits in order to have enough water to last through the anticipated dry months... 

Chemicals sector crucial for South Africa's industrialisation

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2019 As one of 18 sectors identified by a Presidential working group as being crucial to accelerating gross domestic product (GDP) growth in South Africa, the chemicals sector has a foundational role to play in supporting the growth of the country's industrial sectors. The chemicals sector has a 12... 

PSA hopes for approval of producer responsibility plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th March 2019 Packaging South Africa (PSA) has welcomed the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) acknowledgement that government has failed to develop competent waste management facilities and that municipalities are not able to implement waste removal infrastructure, nor exercise control over current... 

PSA hopes for approval of producer responsibility plan

Seifsa invites entries for Environment Stewardship Award, other Excellence Award categories

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2019 To celebrate companies that have gone out of their way to invest in the environment, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) will present the Environment Stewardship Award to a company that has successfully implemented greening initiatives in its day-to-day... 

Renergen announces increased methane, helium reserves at Tetra4 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th March 2019 Integrated alternative and renewable energy business Renergen’s subsidiary, Tetra4, now has a total proven methane net gas reserve of 40.76-billion cubic feet and a proven helium net gas reserve of 1.01-billion cubic feet, following an updated independent reserve review undertaken by MHA... 

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show

1st March 2019 German chemicals giant BASF is one of the confirmed exhibitors at the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) Show later this month. Working within the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) 2035 strategic framework – the extended Automotive Production... 

BASF announces its participation in the Naacam Show
SECOND TIME This year marks BASF’s second time exhibiting at the show

Company to offer new digital printing technology

1st March 2019 By 2020, multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak working in collaboration with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, will become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages. The digital... 

Company to offer new  digital printing technology
CHARLES BRAND Commitment to our clients has fueled the collaboration which we hope will benefit all

Plastics body calls for support in plastics challenges

1st March 2019 Industry body Plastics|SA invites all role players in the plastics value chain interested in cooperatively finding workable solutions to end plastic pollution in the oceans and environment to join the South African Alliance to End Plastic Pollution. Plastics|SA says that it is essential for the... 

Plastics body calls  for support in  plastics challenges
CLEAN-UP GREEN-UP The collection and recycling of plastic waste is imperative to the country’s future says Plastics SA

City of Joburg, Pikitup starts registering waste pickers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th February 2019 The City of Joburg on Thursday announced that its Environment and Infrastructure Services Department (EISD), in conjunction with waste management company Pikitup, has started to register waste pickers within Johannesburg. “Region D was the first of all the city’s regions to start [with] the... 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome 

28th February 2019 Linhleko Projects officially launched its cooperation agreement with FLSmidth this month, in which the 50/50 profit sharing agreement allows Linhleko to use FLSmidth’s REFLUX Classifier technology to enhance chrome recovery from Sibanye-Stillwater’s Waterval operation. Nadine James tells us more. 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome
FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome

Dubai scientists grow super crops that thrive in salty deserts

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2019 Scientists in Dubai are developing crops like quinoa that can thrive in the salty soils intruding into the world’s croplands. Winning over enough people to eat them is proving a greater challenge. At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the... 

South Africa pushes ahead with ocean monitoring satellite programme

By: News24Wire      28th February 2019 The government, through the Department of Science and Technology, has affirmed a further commitment to the Maritime Domain Awareness satellite programme. In addition to funding of R16.5-million, the department will pump another R27-million into the programme over the next three years, department... 

Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant passes 10 000 kℓ mark  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th February 2019 Africa’s first solar-powered seawater desalination plant, the OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara and located in Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape, has produced more than 10  000 kℓ of drinkable water. The plant has been fully operational since December 20, 2018, providing... 

Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant passes 10  000 kℓ mark
The OSMOSUN plan

Wastewater audit missing as countrywide water shortage looms

By: News24Wire      26th February 2019 A countrywide water shortage is a decade away unless urgent action is taken to rehabilitate and preserve our rivers and catchment areas, fix and maintain crumbling infrastructure and implement water re-use, reports GroundUp. Without intervention, South Africa faces a deficit of about 3 000... 

Polystyrene Association to establish metro, municipal hubs to increase polystyrene recycling  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2019 Following success with various recycling projects over the last 11 years, the Polystyrene Association of South Africa (PASA) hopes to increase its collection and recycling rate of post-consumer polystyrene through establishing recycling hubs. “These projects will enable us to increase... 

Unilever, L'Oreal, Danone deemed most ready for climate change

By: Bloomberg     25th February 2019 Among the world’s biggest consumer companies, Europe’s Unilever, L’Oreal SA and Danone are best prepared for the effects of climate change relative to their peers, according to a report from the nonprofit CDP. Formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP took a double-barreled approach in... 

DEA to undertake R7m water quality testing project in PE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2019 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will lead a R7-million water quality testing project, titled ‘Improving Ocean Governance in the Benguela Current Large Marine Econsystem’ (BCLME III) in the Swartkops area, in Port Elizabeth. The project is being implemented by the Benguela Current... 

AHR Expo showcases excitement at HVAC global market expansion

22nd February 2019 The latest advancements in technology and product advancement in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry were on display during the three-day 2019 AHR Expo that took place last month from 14 to 16 January in Atlanta in the US. For the first time since 2001, 1 824 companies... 

AHR Expo showcases  excitement at HVAC  global market expansion
ENERGY FOR FUTURE OF HVAC The HVACR industry is in a exciting position at the moment and that energy was evident on the Show Floor this year

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Despite improvement in the number of people who are obtaining training and qualifications to become registered refrigeration gas practitioners, the number of air conditioner installers without an authorised refrigeration gas practitioner registration licence, or with a fraudulent certification,... 

Unregistered HVAC practitioners still a threat to industry – Saracca
Photo by Hot Mustard
VITAL QUALIFICATIONS There are many employment opportunities for those trained and certified practitioners who are compliant

Another fuel levy increase lies ahead, carbon tax to be implemented 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 A carbon tax on fuel of 9c/l on petrol and 10c/l on diesel will become effective from June 5, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. Further, the general fuel levy will increase by 15c/l for petrol and diesel from April 3, while the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy will be increased by... 

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