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Environmental News

Cape Town takes on new waste management bylaw

21st August 2009 The City of Cape Town is the first municipality in the country to introduce a new waste management bylaw in line with new national legislation. 

PET waste 
recycling doubles in four years

21st August 2009 The plastic bottle or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling industry has nearly doubled its tonnage since 2005 through the introduction of the voluntary recycling levy for producers of the plastic. 

Game reserve takes on waste management

By: Kelly Farthing     21st August 2009 Mmasebudule Recycling Company located in the Madikwe game reserve, in North West province, has recycled over 200 t of glass and 10 t of cans generated within the reserve. 

SA academics taking part in global bioenergy initiative

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 A new project has been launched at the University of Stellenbosch in response to the growing uncertainty about whether the world should look to bioenergy, such as biofuels, heat and electricity, to play a prominent role in the future. 

Carbon capture seen as transition measure as SA moves to cut fossil fuel reliance 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th August 2009 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) was a transition measure between South Africa’s reliance on fossil fuels to a greater reliance on nuclear or renewable energy forms, South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) senior manager Tony Surridge said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Energy... 

CDM projects picking up again after global crisis slowed development

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th August 2009 The value of the carbon market was about $118-billion in 2008, which represented an 84% increase in the total value of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions traded in 2007, with the volume of GHG emissions reductions traded in 2008 reaching four-billion tons - a 42% increase on the volume... 

Copenhagen Consensus Centre launches climate change project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2009 The Copenhagen Consensus Centre has launched the ‘Climate Change Project’, which was designed to promote informed debate about innovative ways to respond to global warming, ahead of the fast approaching global negotiations in Copenhagen in December. The organisation would release what it called... 

Green building goes beyond construction 

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 Green building has a positive impact on a number of factors besides simply water and electricity savings. The expansion of green building principles can impact on the ecosystem of an entire city, says PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA)Consulting Engineers green building initiative coordinator... 

Green Star application submitted for Sandton development

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 An application to the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the design category of the Green Star SA Office-rating version one certification has been submitted for the Nedbank phase two head office, in Sandton. 

management takes on green

By: Lindsey Berry     14th August 2009 International property consultant Colliers International property and facilities management CEO Bill Ward tells Engineering News that green building designs need to take into account the practicalities of running and maintaining buildings in the future. 

Development aims for KwaZulu-Natal’s first 
Green Star SA rating

14th August 2009 The Lincoln on the Lake project being jointly developed by JSE listed property company Growthpoint Properties, the Louis group and Key Developments aims to be the first Green Star SA Office-rating office building in Kwazulu-Natal.


UN climate change negotiations get under way in Bonn

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th August 2009 Global climate change talks, leading up to the Copenhagen conference in December, started in Bonn, Germany this week, and South Africa was represented at these informal talks by Department of Environmental Affairs negotiators. The aim of the talks was to pave the way to fair agreement, which... 

Climate change presents opportunity to move into new growth areas – CSIR

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th August 2009 Achieving economic growth and tackling climate change were not divergent issues, and a number of countries were seeing them as an opportunity to re-orientate some of their industries, by getting “out of the old failing industries and into new growth areas of green technology”, said Council for... 

Enviro specialists in short supply 
– recruitment consultant 

By: Darren Parker     7th August 2009 Environment-related jobs are in high demand, recruitment company Source Recruitment environmental specialist recruitment consultant Linda Maré tells Engineering News. 

Association urges proper disposal of ‘harmful’ electronic waste

By: Darren Parker     7th August 2009 The Institute of Waste Management Southern Africa (IWMSA) has issued a plea to consumers and business regarding the proper disposal of electronic waste (e-waste). 

Africa united at climate change negotiations 

By: Christy van der Merwe     4th August 2009 Africa’s position at climate change negotiations was viewed as unified and strong, in fact, as a region, Africa was “probably the most unified”, said Department of Environmental Affairs international cooperation DDG Alf Wills. He added that developing countries, in general, were unified on the... 

Companies urged to slash their 
environmental impacts

By: Leandi Kolver     31st July 2009 Companies needed to consider the impact that creating their product has on the environment, noted consulting firm LMI research fellow Taylor Wilkerson at the recent Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa conference, pointing out that the biggest environmental challenges came... 

Israeli solid-waste treatment firm eyeing SA market 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     31st July 2009 Israeli biological municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment company Arrow Ecology is hoping to offer its low-cost ArrowBio biological waste treatment system to the South African waste market. 

€400bn transcontinental solar-energy venture 
gains heavyweight backers

By: Terence Creamer     24th July 2009 Over the next three years a group of 12 large European companies will seek to map out investment plans of an ambitious transcontinental renewable-energy project, which proponents argue could supply up to 15% of Europe’s electricity requirements by 2050 and involve an investment of around... 

Public–private waste management programme advancing

By: Darren Parker     24th July 2009 Packaging company Nampak’s waste management joint venture with steel producer ArcelorMittal, Collect-a-Can is assisting the Department of Transport and the Msunduzi municipality to implement an environmentally conscious and self-sustaining infrastructure for waste management.  

Israeli firm launches wastewater treatment solution in SA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     24th July 2009 Israeli wastewater treatment solutions provider Aqwise has recently launched its patented attached growth airlift reactor (Agar) activity in South Africa, exploring opportunities in the country's promising market. Aqwise is an advanced wastewater treatment solution for the industrial and... 

Chartered Accountants Institute unveils ‘Green’ book  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd July 2009 In promoting sustainability and sustainable reporting, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has launched ‘Green’, a book tackling the issue of why corporate leaders should embrace sustainability and ensure profitability. ‘Green’ author Graham Terry said that his... 

Water treatment 
technology showcased 
in the Western Cape

By: Lindsey Berry     17th July 2009 Consulting engineering, environmental and project management group SSI has commissioned a wastewater treatment plant in Gansbaai in the Western Cape, which the company reports is the world’s first full-scale domestic demonstration sewage treatment works to use the Nereda technology. 

South Africa’s potable water use can be reduced by 25%

17th July 2009 Consulting engineering company SRK reports that with careful planning and research, potable water use in South Africa could be reduced by 25%. 

Lesson from Israel’s recycling park hub

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th July 2009 Israel’s Dan Region Association collects up to 2 800 t a day of household waste and it is for this reason that the association is transforming the former garbage dumpsite, Hiriya, into the country’s largest, most advanced environmental centre and public park, an idea that South African... 

New aeration solution promises 
big energy savings

By: Shannon de Ryhove     17th July 2009 Israeli water technology provider Mapal Green Energy has installed an innovative, cost-effective aeration system for industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in Angola, with plans to export the technology to the rest of Africa, including South Africa. 

British Minister says SA plays positive role in climate change talks

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th July 2009 South Africa’s contribution to climate change negotiations was viewed as “very very welcome”, and the country was “playing a very positive role”, said British Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock on Tuesday. Addressing participants at the British High Commission in Pretoria, by way of... 

Govt adopts zero tolerance approach to water and environment offences

By: Dennis Ndaba     10th July 2009 South Africa is adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ of environment and water crimes, says Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. 

$160bn structure needed for developing nations to deal with climate change 

By: Christy van der Merwe     9th July 2009 A new global financial architecture would be an important part of the global climate change deal intended to replace the Kyoto Protocol post 2012, and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has suggested that this system would need to generate at least $160-billion a year. As the high-profile... 

More low-carbon technology inventions needed to combat climate change – report

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th July 2009 The fight against climate change would not be won unless a “revolution” in the use of existing low-carbon technology, and numerous new inventions took hold, said the Global Climate Network (GCN) in its report released on Wednesday. Entitled ‘Breaking through on technology’, the report was... 

The production of biofuels could 
adversely affect water supply

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd July 2009 American scientists, in a recently released report, are cautioning that water consumption and agrochemical use during biofuels production can have an adverse impact on both the availability and quality of water resources. 

SA’s emission reduction plan lacks action – WWF  

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 While South Africa had commendable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets, and played a positive role in international climate change negotiations, implementation and action on the ground was said to be lacking. “South Africa has the most comprehensive plan … on how we can reduce our... 

WWF urges G8 summit to take action on climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st July 2009 As the Group of Eight (G8) countries prepare for the G8 summit in Italy next week, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has urged leaders to put meaningful climate change action at the top of the agenda, and issued the top industrialised nations with their ‘climate change scorecards’. Issues on... 

Opening up trade could have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions – report 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2009 Opening up trade and combating climate change could be mutually supportive towards realising a low-carbon economy, a report published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep) stated on Friday. Examining the implications of... 

R700m bulk water pipeline project gets under way in KZN

By: Margie Inggs     26th June 2009 In one of the biggest capital projects it has ever undertaken, the eThekwini municipality’s water and sanitation unit has started work on a R700-million bulk water supply pipeline project that has been designed to boost supply to Durban’s western and northern areas, where unprecedented growth has... 

Separate tariffs may be required for large- and small-scale PV installations

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 In order to establish a functioning renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) for South Africa, Camco director Jonathan Curren suggests in the Socio-Economic Impacts and Regulatory Framework Requirements for a Solar PV Feed-in Tariff in South Africa study that two feed-in tariffs be established;... 

The case for including photovoltaics and biomass into South Africa’s feed-in-tariff system

By: Leandi Kolver     26th June 2009 In March, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announced and approved the landmark renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) guidelines, which included five renewable energy technologies, and drew praise from many ‘green lobbyists’ and potential investors. 

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