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Environmental News

Income redistribution no ‘silver bullet’ for inequality, UN says

By: , Bloomberg     10th December 2019 Inequality has spread through so many areas of life that tilting tax systems in favor of the less well-off won’t be enough to address the gap, a new UN report said. While a full redistributive package that includes more progressive income taxes and earned income discounts at low income levels... 

SAHRC finds some Mpumalanga municipalities violating the Constitution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th December 2019 The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) in Mpumalanga on Monday said it had determined that some municipalities were violating Sections 24(a) and 10 of the Constitution owing to a continued failure to effectively address the challenges of sewage spillages and the inadequate treatment of... 

SAHRC finds some Mpumalanga municipalities violating the Constitution

Creecy reiterates that Africa needs financial assistance for damages caused by extreme weather

By: African News Agency      9th December 2019 South African Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has reiterated that the mandate of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in this year's United Nations (UN) climate change conference is making sure that Africa has access to funds for loss and... 

Apple buys first carbon-free aluminium from Alcoa, Rio Tinto JV 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2019 Technology company Apple has bought the first-ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminium from a joint venture (JV) between two aluminum suppliers. The metal is being made by Elysis, the Montreal-based JV of Alcoa and Rio Tinto. The JV was established last year, with $144-million in funding... 

Company to procure gas-powered gensets from specialist

6th December 2019 The power systems business unit of global industrial technology company Rolls-Royce sealed a contract of cooperation with gas-powered generator specialist 2G Energy which covers the mutual supply of gas-powered generator sets. Rolls-Royce is to procure from 2G gas-powered generator sets and... 

Company to procure gas-powered gensets from specialist
PROCURING GENSETS Rolls-Royce is to procure gas-powered generator sets and cogeneration modules in the 250 kW to 550 kW power range with and without heat extraction

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Cool coating technologies, also known as cool surfaces, can play a key role in making human settlements more energy efficient and sustainable, and buildings more habitable, says research institution South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency cool surfaces... 

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable
!KHEIS COATING Local youth cover a roof in cool coating in Groblershoop, in the !Kheis municipality in the Northern Cape

Water, land reform concerns weigh on agriculture sector's confidence 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th December 2019 The Agricultural Business Chamber and the Industrial Development Corporation Agribusiness Confidence Index declined from 46 points in the third quarter of this year to 44 index points in the fourth quarter. This level below the 50-point neutral mark, Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo told... 

Water, land reform concerns weigh on agriculture sector's confidence
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Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo

CT and nine world cities participating in carbon-neutral competition

By: African News Agency      4th December 2019 The City of Cape Town on Wednesday said it will be participating to the carbon-neutral competition with Chicago, Dubai, Lima, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Singapore, Reykjavik, and Rome. The competition requires projects to deliver the most ambitious climate solutions that will also benefit the local... 

 CT and nine world cities participating in carbon-neutral competition

Pick n Pay introduces packaging-free zone, expands its 'nude' produce wall

By: African News Agency      4th December 2019 South African retailer, Pick n Pay on Tuesday said it is piloting a new packaging-free zone as one of its efforts to lead the change in reducing packaging and plastic waste. The retailer said that the ‘pick and weigh’ shopping experience will also provide customers with the opportunity to... 

Greenpeace calls for urgent ocean protection action

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 Environmental organisation Greenpeace has called for an urgent global political response in the next 12 months to address the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans. A new report by the organisation titled ‘In Hot Water: The Climate Crisis and the Urgent Need for Ocean Protection’ was... 

Global temperature headed toward 5 °C increase, WMO says

By: , Bloomberg     3rd December 2019 The world’s average temperature is headed toward a gain of 3 °C to 5 °C by the end of the century. The findings by the World Meteorologic Organization are another indication of how far off track the planet is in meeting its target to contain global warming to 1.5 °C since the dawn of the... 

Treasury invites public comment on carbon offset regulations 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 The National Treasury has published for public comment two further sets of regulations around carbon tax – the Draft Regulations for the Trade Exposure Allowance and Draft Regulations for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Benchmarks. The Carbon Tax Act was promulgated by President Cyril... 

Flanders govt grants €1m to Africa climate change fund

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2019 The government of Flanders, the northern federated state of Belgium, has granted €1-million to the Africa Climate Change Fund to support five projects in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). In a statement, the AfDB said the new contribution... 

Sibanye recognised by Rand Water for water conservation

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2019 Dual-listed miner Sibanye-Stillwater has been recognised as the most collaborative and water saving company in the South African mining industry at the yearly Rand Water awards, which took place last week. The award recognises Sibanye for its positive contributions and willingness to assist, as... 

L2D launches rooftop aquaponics farm at Eastgate shopping centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th November 2019 Real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) on Friday launched a rooftop aquaponics farm district at its Eastgate shopping centre, in Bedfordview. The farm is a first for the company’s shopping centres. It uses smart technology to provide sustainable food production solutions to... 

Waste management, recycling needed for sustainability

29th November 2019 Waste management and recycling practices play an important role in South Africa’s sustainability drive. With the conservation of resources being the responsibility of all governments, South Africa introduced the Carbon Tax Act with the aim of reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025. 

Waste management, recycling needed for sustainability
AGAIN AND AGAIN Nampak has undertaken to recycle and reuse plastics in their plight to produce sustainable packaging

Company installs leachate tank at landfill

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th November 2019 Industrial and commercial steel water-tank manufacturer SBS has recently installed a 500 m³ capacity landfill leachate storage tank with a floating cover at a landfill site in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal. The ST21-03 SBS tank measures 14.33 m in diameter and 3.17 m in height.  

Company installs leachate tank at landfill
SAFELY CONTAINED Once the leachate liquid is safely contained, it requires further processing to obtain an environmentally safe liquid

Company launches first plastics research centre

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Specialist chemicals company Clariant last month announced the inception of its EcoCircle centre of excellence, based on its plan to offer significant support to reduce, reuse and recycle. The first such centre will be based at Clariant’s Masterbatches Business Unit in Pogliano, Italy, and aims... 

Company launches first plastics research centre
BACK TO GREEN The EcoCircle center of excellence brings with it support of the reduce, reuse and recycle concept

Innovation key in reducing sector impact on environment

29th November 2019 The energy and electrical sectors should be at the forefront of innovation to reduce its impact on the environment, says diversified power management company Eaton South Africa’s Energy Saver System business development manager Marcel Buckner. “This at a time when the world’s focus is... 

Innovation key in reducing sector impact on environment
GOOD GAS The Xiria switchgear system does not use harmful sulphur hexafluoride gases

Mortar saves energy, costs

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 With a constrained power grid and the ever-increasing cost of energy, the sustainability features of Pratliperl translate into significant growth opportunities in South Africa, says industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley’s marketing director Eldon Kruger. Pratliperl is derived... 

Mortar saves  energy, costs
TOO HOT TO HANDLE The Pratliperl coating offers thermal insulation with subsequent energy-saving and environmental benefits

Research grant awarded at environment conference 

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Stellenbosch University research fellow Dr Hayley Clements was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant last month at the tenth Oppenheimer Research Conference held in Midrand, Gauteng. The research grant was set up to honour the late Jennifer Ward... 

Research grant awarded at environment conference
Oppenheimer Generations research head Dr Duncan MacFadyen discusses the Oppenheimer Research Conference and the recipient of the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant

Water-treatment technology launched in Amsterdam

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Earlier this month, flow control, filtration and environmental technology supplier Flowrox launched its Flowrox Corona non-thermal plasma water-treatment technology at the Aquatech expo, in the Netherlands. The Flowrox Corona was selected as one of the finalists for the Aquatech Innovation Award... 

Water-treatment technology launched  in Amsterdam
PURI-FECT The Flowrox Corona uses cold plasma technology to purify wastewater before being reintroduced into the environment

Local air-filtration manufacturer enhances plant

By: Cameron Mackay     29th November 2019 In its twenty-first year of servicing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, local air-filtration and dust-collection products manufacturer Filtaire SA has completed a significant enhancement to its production plant, with the acquisition of an additional 16 sewing machines... 

Local air-filtration manufacturer enhances plant
PRODUCTION EXPANSION Filtaire SA has enhanced its production plant with the acquisition of 16 sewing machines and the addition of seven new production staff

Solaris-based biodiesel introduced to operations at OR Tambo

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2019 Various entities on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Project Reya Foya, the follow up to Project Solaris, which will introduce Solaris-based biodiesel into the ground-handling operations at OR Tambo International Airport. Solaris is a nicotine-free tobacco plant used by... 

Solaris-based biodiesel introduced to operations at OR Tambo
A Solaris seed pod

FirstRand commits to disclosing fossil fuel exposure

By: , Bloomberg     28th November 2019 FirstRand, Africa’s biggest bank by market value, has committed to disclosing its fossil fuel-related assets and lending but said it can’t meet a deadline requested by some investors. A resolution to produce that information by October next year wasn’t passed at the Johannesburg-based company’s... 

'Perfect storm' awaits farming and fisheries if world doesn't curb emissions

By: Reuters     28th November 2019 The world needs to urgently cut its planet-warming greenhouse-gas emissions to avoid a "perfect storm" that will lead to simultaneous falls in food production from both farming and marine fisheries, researchers said. If emissions continue to rise rapidly, nearly "90% of the world's population ...... 

Sasol pledges climate action

By: , Bloomberg     27th November 2019 Sasol, South Africa’s second-biggest producer of greenhouse gases after State-owned Eskom Holdings, pledged more clarity on plans to reduce its impact on the environment. The company, which together with Eskom also produces pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and particulate emissions, said its... 

UN calls global climate outlook ‘bleak’ 

By: , Bloomberg     26th November 2019 The world has refused to slash its collective greenhouse gas emissions, narrowing the planet’s pathway back to a safe climate. Authors of an annual United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report published Tuesday were uncharacteristically direct in their 2019 assessment of the gap between... 

Climate risk widely acknowledged, but rarely incorporated into strategy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) says that although the majority of South African corporate companies recognise climate change as an already occurring and imminently worsening risk, they are slow to mitigate and manage these risks, at least according to publicly accessible information.... 

Thirty JSE-listed companies embark on biodiversity valuation assessments

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2019 Thirty JSE-listed companies, across various sectors, are being supported by a World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) Nedbank Green Trust project team to assess their current levels of biodiversity mainstreaming into their strategies and activities. The assessments are supported by the... 

Zim set to benefit from pumped hydroelectric energy storage power plant

By: Simone Liedtke     25th November 2019 With Zimbabwe currently experiencing up to 18 hours of load-shedding daily, business development service provider Ngonyezi Projects executive director Tomas Persson says the company’s pumped hydroelectric energy storage power plant at Osborne dam, in Zimbabwe, will contribute to the reduction of... 

South Africa needs comprehensive plan to tackle plastic waste – Creecy 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd November 2019 A comprehensive plan is needed to tackle the plastic waste problem countrywide and to reach the ideal of a plastic-waste-free South Africa by 2030, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy said on Friday. Speaking during a keynote address at the Plastics Colloquium, in Gauteng,... 

South Africa needs comprehensive plan to tackle plastic waste – Creecy
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Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

UK provides funding for small nuclear reactor programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd November 2019 Britain’s quasi-autonomous national research and development (R&D) agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) confirmed early this month that it had released £18-million in funding to a British industrial consortium developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR). The consortium, which has been... 

Energy efficiency gains in decline, IEA warns

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 The global rate of progress of improving energy efficiency is slowing and has declined for three consecutive years, leaving it well below the 3% minimum that intergovernmental organisation International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis shows is central to achieving global climate and energy goals,... 

Kudos for local industrial demolition company

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 The safe decontamination and demolition of three redundant gold and uranium complexes earned local industrial demolition company Jet Demolition an international recycling and environmental award from construction information firm KHL Group and the European Demolition Association. The project... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation   

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2019 After two years of development, gathering input, undertaking consultations and further refinements, the Gauteng City Region is preparing to implement an overarching Climate Change Response Strategy and Action Plan. Unveiled at the third Gauteng Climate Change Indaba, held in Pretoria, the plan... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation

Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city extends water-supply cuts

By: , Bloomberg     21st November 2019 Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city of Bulawayo will extend interruptions to water supplies because of depleting resources, the town clerk said. Outages will increase to 96 hours a week from November 25, Christopher Dube said in an emailed statement on Thursday. Last month, the city imposed a 72-hour... 

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