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Environmental News

Investment in climate-positive companies growing – Joburg Indaba  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2019 Asset managers globally have become the lightning rod of populist views in Western countries, with the conversation now dominated by climate-change issues within the environmental, social and governance (ESG) paradigm as well as what the prospective upheaval in the vehicle industry means for... 

Opinion: A species under siege

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th October 2019 In this opinion piece, Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Martin Zhuwakinyu writes about rhino poaching. It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that Africa’s rhinos have been under siege for over a decade. They are targeted by unscrupulous elements who sell their horns to buyers in the... 

Opinion: A species  under siege

Transformation through wind energy warranted

4th October 2019 South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), published in August 2012, contains 14 desired outcomes, providing a blueprint to grow the economy, eliminate poverty and reduce inequality. 

Transformation through wind energy warranted
Photo by Bloomberg
THE WINNING SPIN Wind energy contributes greatly to the 2030 target of connecting 20 GW of renewable power to the grid

Iata raises key issues at key international civil aviation conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th October 2019 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) raised a number of important issues for the recent International Civil Aviation Organisation 40th (triennial) Assembly, in Montreal, Canada. IATA is the representative body of the world’s commercial aviation (airline and air freight) industry,... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2019 After stalling last year, global renewable energy capacity additions are expected to recover strongly in 2019, supported by a solid rebound in onshore wind deployments and ongoing solar photovoltaic (PV) growth. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects almost 200 GW of renewables capacity to... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

Fully committed to undertakings on climate – Minerals Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd October 2019 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, who is expected to submit the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) next week, told the Joburg Indaba on Thursday that he hoped to gazette the IRP to give South Africans another chance to comment on the document. With pressure building up globally... 

Fully committed to undertakings on climate – Minerals Minister
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe at Joburg Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

South African mining has ‘small window of opportunity to fix itself’, says panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 The South African mining industry has "a small window of opportunity to fix itself and move forward" which demands that mining companies sort out their balance sheets and recognise that there is a level of profitability within the industry, PwC South Africa partner Andries Rossouw told delegates... 

South African mining has ‘small window of opportunity to fix itself’, says panel
PwC South Africa partner Andries Rossouw discusses some of the mining industry's opportunities with a panel at Joburg Indaba, wherein Accenture senior MR Rachael Bartels highlights how the mining industry underpins the circular economy. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Godongwana calls for ‘simple’ transfer of R250bn of Eskom debt to sovereign

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2019 African National Congress (ANC) economic transformation committee head Enoch Godongwana outlined his preference for what he termed a “simple” transfer of R250-billion of Eskom debt to government, rather than pursuing the creation of a special purpose vehicle, partly financed through green... 

Godongwana calls for ‘simple’ transfer of R250bn of Eskom debt to sovereign
Photo by Creamer Media
ANC economic transformation committee head Enoch Godongwana

As great white sharks disappear, Cape Town searches for reasons

By: , Bloomberg     30th September 2019 Capetonians don’t know who to blame for the disappearance of their great white sharks: The orcas that eat them, the fishermen who sell their prey to Australia for use in fish-and-chips shops or gradual ecological change. The world’s biggest predatory fish haven’t been seen this year in False Bay,... 

HSF helps companies gear up for climate change risk mitigation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th September 2019 Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), in its latest report, finds that 1 600 laws and policies about climate change have been created across 164 jurisdictions to date, since 1997, which has obligated companies to mitigate against costs and risks. This is a 25-fold increase compared with the... 

Pilot solution could be ‘silver bullet’ to beetle threat

By: Simone Liedtke     27th September 2019 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund and newly formed Beetle Busters have successfully registered a “groundbreaking” treatment for the infestation of the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB), or Euwallacea fornicates, that has been killing trees in some areas of the country. The PSHB relies on fungus,... 

Pilot solution could be ‘silver bullet’ to beetle threat
Emira’s Hyde Park Lane Office Park

Water security a concern for the global mining industry, says Moody’s 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th September 2019 Securing reliable sources of water is becoming a challenge for mining companies globally, says ratings agency Moody’s. It notes that water is not only a vital resource in the mining process, but mines also use a significant amount of water in a variety of ways. Water is used for processing ore,... 

Water security a concern for the global mining industry, says Moody’s

South African companies, cities join fight against climate crisis

By: News24Wire      27th September 2019 South African businesses and municipalities have signed up for a new global initiative – the Alliance for Climate Action - to push for accelerated climate action. According to a statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF SA), these businesses and municipalities were part of a... 

S Africa legislation bans liquid waste from landfills

27th September 2019 A massive shift in South African waste legislation took place when, effective August 23, local legislation banned all liquid waste from landfills. 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur

27th September 2019 With a desire to clean up Soweto, educate the community and combat the problem of overfull landfills, waste management company Pendowave founder and MD Gordon Nkuta has built a thriving recycling business and has now earned the support of one of the world’s largest polyethylene terephthalate... 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur
CLEANING UP A baling machine contributes to the company’s progress and profitability

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth

27th September 2019 Last month, macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – a unit of the Fitch Group –reported that the global aluminum market will see a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and autos sectors, outpaces production growth. Notably, the global... 

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth
BUILDING SPEED The construction and automotive sectors have seen solid demand growth which has outpaced production growth

Company launches recycled bicycle

27th September 2019 Global food and beverage company Nestle Global’s brand Nespresso has announced the launch of its fully recycled aluminium bicycle the RE:CYCLE – part of its drive to remain at the forefront of a circular economy and demonstrating its commitment to recycling. Aluminium is one of the world's most... 

Company launches recycled bicycle
THINK BIKE For every Vélosophy bike sold a second bike will be donated to a developing country in an effort to aid poverty relief

Precautions imperative when working at height

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     27th September 2019 The risks and incidents associated with working at height can be reduced if basic precautions are taken, says cleaning specialist Ultra High Level MD and Institute for Work at Height director Rob Urquhart. “Internationally, falls account for just more than 40% of work-related incidents. Many... 

Industry body aims for plastics recycling rise

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th September 2019 Having recycled 46.3% of plastic waste last year, plastics industry association Plastics SA aims to recycle 48% of plastic waste by the end of this year, despite economic challenges. 

Industry body aims for  plastics recycling rise
BRIGHTER FUTURE Plastic SA wants to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the environment

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th September 2019 Through research, innovation, skills development and corporate contribution, carbon tax training and consulting services expert 5inc is well placed to create jobs and skills development opportunities through projects based on waste collection and upcycling. 

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities
YASMINE MIEMIEC 5inc turns corporate waste into new and reusable products

Waste management a concern for S Africa

27th September 2019 “South Africa is a leader in waste management in Southern Africa, however, when considering waste management throughout the life cycle, South Africa is about 20 to 30 years behind European countries and other developed countries,” says Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)... 

Industrial symbiosis makes Vision 2030 viable

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th September 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, tells Engineering News that its industrial symbiosis programme is a great contributor to the initiative to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030 in South Africa. 

Partnership deploys waste recycling tech

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Energy equipment and waste disposal solutions provider Bio-Dynamic Fuel (BDF) is focusing on partnering with food service and retail businesses to deploy the company’s waste disposal and renewable-energy solutions on a national level. The company’s technology entails converting used cooking oil... 

Partnership deploys waste recycling tech
OIL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL The deployment will focus on the company’s developed B-Tech 40 ℓ processor and chemical mix, which converts used cooking oil into biofuel

Ships set to burn raw crude oil to beat new clean fuel rules 

By: , Bloomberg     26th September 2019 For almost three years, the oil industry has been puzzling over how to supply merchant ships with fuel that will meet tough new environmental standards. Turns out part of the solution was sitting in the ground and under ocean floors all the while: crude oil. Oil from off the U.K.’s coast, which... 

International airline body urging six priorities on global aviation organisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th September 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has affirmed that it has high expectations for the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s fortieth assembly, which started in Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday. Iata is the representative body of the world’s commercial aviation (airline and air... 

International airline body urging six priorities on global aviation organisation

Shipping sector sets course for zero carbon vessels, fuel by 2030

By: Reuters     23rd September 2019 Leading ports, banks, oil and shipping companies on Monday launched an initiative which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in another step by the maritime sector to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2). International shipping accounts for 2.2% of... 

Public, private sectors urged to double yearly investments in renewables 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2019 Public and private sector leaders are being urged to double yearly investments in renewable energy to keep the world well below the 2 °C increase in global temperatures, says a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The report was published ahead of the United Nations Climate... 

Least developed countries announce climate change vision

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2019 More than two-thirds, about 69%, of people killed in climate-related disasters in the past 50 years were living in 47 of the world's poorest nations, according to findings released by the group of least developed countries (LDCs) ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit, which took place... 

Global leaders issue call to continue growing Great Green Wall in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2019 Global government, business and civil society leaders have issued an urgent call to action to grow an 8 000 km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of the African continent. The Great Green Wall, an African-led movement, aims to drive forward climate-smart solutions and bring life... 

Absa, KCB join global banks committing to climate action

By: African News Agency      23rd September 2019 East Africa’s largest commercial bank KCB and South Africa's Absa said on Monday they had joined leading global financial institutions in launching principles for responsible banking at the United Nations headquarters, with 130 banks collectively holding US$47-trillion in assets signing up. By... 

Absa, KCB join global banks committing to climate action

Building, construction sector can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2019 As part of the tenth yearly World Green Building Week, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has issued a new vision of how buildings and infrastructure around the world can reach 40% less embodied carbon emissions by 2030, and achieve 100% net zero emissions by 2050. Building and... 

Building, construction sector can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – report

South Africa slowly turning tide against rhino poaching, says Minister

By: Reuters     23rd September 2019 Bringing local communities into mainstream conservation was vital to South African efforts aimed at curbing rhino poaching that has steadily declined from a peak of 1 215 animals killed five years ago, the environmental minister said on Sunday. South Africa, with one of the world's largest rhino... 

Coordinated action needed along battery value chain to reduce emissions

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2019 The use of batteries could reduce global emissions in the transport and power sectors by 30% by 2030, the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance outlines in a new report, titled ‘A Vision for a Sustainable Battery Value Chain in 2030’. According to the report, this  will create about... 

Pick n Pay rolls out low-cost reusable shopping bag

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2019 Pick n Pay is rolling out its new budget green People n Planet reusable bag nationally after a successful trial earlier this year. The bag is expected to be available in all stores by mid-October. 

Reducing scale of climate change a good investment – scientists

By: Thabi Madiba     20th September 2019 An international contingent of scientists on Friday called on world leaders to increase measures taken against climate change, stating that reducing its magnitude was also a good investment. The group published its study a few days ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Week, taking place in... 

Reducing scale of climate change a good investment – scientists

HVAC-R system to be introduced to S Africa in Q1 2020

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Diversified technology company Johnson Controls will introduce Verasys – the first plug-and-play control system that integrates heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) equipment and controls – to the South African market in the first quarter of next year. Johnson... 

Institute establishes drive for CO2 as natural refrigerant

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Local heating, refrigeration and air conditioning (HVAC) industry body the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) has established a drive to introduce the option of using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a natural refrigerant, referred to as R744, through technical talks... 

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