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Biobased plastics launched to transform auto sector

15th March 2024 A consortium led by sustainable technology innovator Sonichem has been granted nearly R14.6-million in funding from UK government agency Innovate UK’s 'Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing' (REforMM) programme. The funding will accelerate the development of the proprietary Sonichem... 

Load-balancing helps optimise steam operations

By: Lynne Davies     2nd February 2024 Local operations and maintenance service provider Associated Energy Services (AES) has developed a load-balancing system that manages the splitting of a site’s steam requirements. An operation’s steam requirements fluctuate based on the production demands from multiple steam-users on the site,... 

EPR regulations positive for waste reduction

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 The amended Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations, instituted in November 2020, require product importers and manufacturers in the packaging industry to contribute towards the recycling of product packaging, which has had a significant impact on waste production, says Zero Waste... 

Image of a backhoe loader loading organic waste
DUMP DIVING The Western Cape government implemented a regulation in 2022 to divert organic waste out of landfills by imposing a 50% ban on organic waste dumping to landfills in preparation for a 100% ban in 2027

Funding increases for small business energy solutions as investment case improves

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2023 Different renewable energy, energy storage and/or generator solutions can partially address small businesses' energy related challenges, and funding to install such solutions in small businesses is increasing as the investment benefits for all parties become better understood. Small businesses... 

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Large-scale waste-to-DME projects in development

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st September 2023 Large-scale waste-to-dimethyl ether (DME) projects, one based in north-west Europe and the other on the Gulf Coast of the US, are in the feasibility stage, with the projects anticipated to produce the equivalent of about 165 000 t/y of renewable and recycled DME production. Off-grid energy... 

Judgment in favour of power utility welcomed

25th August 2023 State-owned power utility Eskom in July said it was pleased with the Johannesburg High Court judgment dismissing with costs, the interdict application by green energy supplier G7 Renewable Energies to prevent Eskom from implementing the Interim Grid Capacity Allocation (IGCA) rules. In passing... 

Renergen secures $500m loan for Phase 2 of Virginia gas project

By: Simone Liedtke     26th June 2023 Green energy supplier Renergen has marked another significant milestone for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project, through the completion of a notification process by the US International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) to the US Congress of a commitment to provide a $500-million loan to... 

South Africa must prioritise decarbonisation, as $1.5bn of exports to EU are at risk

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2023 South Africa should prioritise its decarbonisation strategy, as it has a carbon intensity much higher than most countries, and $1.5-billion of exports to the European Union (EU) are at risk in the short term. That figure is likely to increase when more products are covered under the EU's Carbon... 

Procurement of 400 MW of private power to create jobs in eThekwini

By: Yvonne Silaule     1st March 2023 The KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive council has approved the eThekwini metropolitan municipality’s procurement plan for an initial 400 MW of new generation capacity from independent power producers. This will create 8 000 job opportunities through a public-private partnership (PPP), Mayor... 

Govt aims to stimulate renewables investment with R9bn in tax incentives, reworked bounce-back scheme  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2023 South Africa’s 2023 Budget includes tax incentives worth R9-billion to support businesses and households invest in renewable energy, including rooftop solar, in a bid to offset the impact of intensifying power cuts. In addition, the National Treasury announced that it would amend the bounce-back... 

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Circular economy enables value-added by-products

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th January 2023 Nature-based solutions assist in creating a more circular economy and by-products from the treatment can create further value for the water treatment industry, says Rhodes University’s Institute for Environmental Biotechnology (EBRU) director Professor Keith Cowan. By-products can appeal to... 

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NATURAL SOLUTIONS Nature-based solutions create by-products such as biogas and minerals

AEC supports Symbion DRC biogas-to-power project

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2023 Industry organisation the African Energy Chamber (AEC) says it strongly supports the Makelele biogas project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which includes a 60 MW gas-to-electricity system to connect consumers in the Goma and North and South Kivu provinces through existing trading... 

Sanea conference speakers explore hydrogen, biogas energy potential

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th November 2022 With South Africa diversifying its energy mix, as it looks to mitigate loadshedding and to meet 2030 and 2050 carbon emissions reduction targets, alternative industry players like green hydrogen and biogas, offer potential; however, there are also challenges to contend with in pursuing these... 

Ten-week project cements supplier storage capacity

By: Halima Frost     4th November 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialists Lovemore Bros successfully concluded a substantial materials handling, stowage and delivery project of 73 parts weighing 307.1 t for a client based in Witbank, Mpumalanga. The project, which started in the second week of May, was finished when the last item... 

A large element of a gas plant which was dismantled and transported by Lovemore Bros being offloaded and then placed on a ship using heavy materials handling machinery at he Richards Bay port
STOWAWAY The stowage project undertaken by Lovemore Bros was concluded when the last part of a gas plant was delivered to the Richards Bay port

Kenya’s Ruto breaks ranks, says Africa must leapfrog fossil fuel

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2022 Kenya’s President William Ruto, who took office last month, urged Africa to embrace renewable energy, breaking ranks with continental peers that are pressing ahead with plans to develop natural gas resources. In order to boost energy generation from renewable sources and to adapt to a warming... 

Association revamps to improve services

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) will introduce its updated business plan and path to reach its 2030 goals at its ‘Vision 2030 – building a sustainable Southern African biogas market’ round table next month. Hosted by Sabia, it will include a discussion by representatives... 

A large domed biogas digester with a flute burning flare for heat at the plant
BURNING TOPIC The development of South Africa's biogas industry will be addressed at a round table discussion hosted by Sabia next month

Contamination at source affecting recycling   

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 A substantial portion of plastic waste is not recycled and ends up in landfills, contributing greatly to plastics being regarded as the biggest environmental threat, says industry body Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom. Forty-three percent of recyclable plastic waste in South Africa... 

A group of Bricks baled together made out of cement and polystyrene which makes them more cost effective, lightweight and insulated
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom discusses the circular economy and how plastic must maintain its position in it instead of in the environment

Circular economy uptake addressed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The need for and uptake of the circular economy mindset by larger organisations locally and globally was addressed during a webinar hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) last month. The webinar, titled ESGS Webinar: Circular economy: Opportunities and Benefits,... 

A man wearing protective gloves holding a handful of shredded tires which have been broken down for recycling at the Unki Mine in Zaimbabwe owned by Anglo American Platinum
GETTING TIREDThe world does not have enough resources to cater to the growing population, forcing companies to take up the circular economy

SAB launches ESG strategy 

By: Darren Parker     28th September 2022 Beverage producer South African Breweries (SAB) has launched its first environment, social and governance (ESG) strategy, and will release its first Global Reporting Initiative-compliant ESG report in November. Speaking at the launch of the SAB ESG strategy in Johannesburg on September 28, SAB... 

bottles on production line
In this video, SAB corporate brand director Sphe Vundla talks about the launch of SAB's ESG strategy and upcoming ESG report.

Kibo acquires waste-to-energy project in the UK

By: Darren Parker     22nd September 2022 Renewable energy development company Kibo Energy has signed a definitive share purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire a 100% interest in a waste reception, anaerobic digestor (AD) and combined heat and power (CHP) power plant named Southport at Merseyside, in the UK. The company said on September 21... 

Kibo issues RFP to assess feasibility of replacing coal with biofuel for power generation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2022 AltX- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy’s share price on the JSE rose by more than 9% on August 25, after announcing that it had started a request for proposals (RFP) process to investigate the feasibility of replacing fossil fuel (coal) with renewable biofuel. This followed an extensive review of the... 

Company to pilot zero-emissions heavy duty hydrogen trucks

22nd July 2022 Industrial and specialty gases supplier Airgas has signed an agreement with zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial vehicles supplier Hyzon Motors to pilot two heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks, including one 100 kW fuel cell truck and the first Hyzon 200 kW hydrogen fuel cell... 

Mpumalanga considering green economy opportunities

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th July 2022 The Mpumalanga province is considering steps to diversify its economy away from its reliance on coal mining and coal-fired power generation and to promote the green economy, particularly in relation to climate-resilient agriculture, Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane said on July 13. During a trade... 

Small IPPs consider legal action after programme is cancelled  

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2022 Some of the preferred bidders that participated in the Small Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (Smalls), which has subsequently been terminated, are considering legal action against Eskom and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to have the projects reinstated or to... 

Image showing a wind turbine and solar panels

SANEDI celebrates more efficient waste-to-energy system design

By: Schalk Burger     30th May 2022 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has, ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, announced the finalisation of a concept design for an efficient and sustainable waste-to-energy technology. SANEDI had commissioned the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)... 

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Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Study shows potential of off-grid anaerobic biogas energy in South Africa – SANEDI

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 A study, commissioned by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), has uncovered the untapped potential for a micro-digester sector to aid in climate mitigation and the green circular economy, and showed that the sector has significant opportunity to grow if it can... 

Cold boxes being precooled in preparation for gas

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 JSE-listed Renergen reported on May 3 that it was making “strong” progress in terms of the commissioning of Phase 1 of the Virginia gas project, which comprises exploration and production rights of 187 000 ha of gas fields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, in the Free State. Cold boxes –... 

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

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The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking
CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking

SAB signs PPA with waste-to-energy company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2022 The South African Breweries (SAB) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with black-woman-owned industrial-scale biogas waste-to-energy company Bio2Watt. Bio2Watt will supply SAB with renewable energy from its Cape Dairy biogas plant once it reaches commercial operation. 

A Bio2Watt waste-to-energy plan

DBSA calls for applications for Green Fund financing

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2022 Development finance institution the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has announced the availability of funding towards green economy development projects and programmes under the Green Fund. The Green Fund has been set up to contribute towards a range of goals in transitioning to a... 

Policies drive gas interest

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 The regulatory environment for environmental policies and decreasing emissions is a key driver when a boiler owner decides to convert to using natural gas as a fuel source, says natural gas supplier Egoli Gas MD Vishal Pooran. “Natural gas-fuelled boiler studies have shown an overwhelmingly... 

A large gas fueled boiler inside a building used in industrial applications
GOING GAS The amount of companies moving to gas fueled burners owing to an increased interest in going green has grown substantially

SAB switching to renewable electricity to brew Castle Lite

By: Simone Liedtke     4th January 2022 South African Breweries (SAB) has committed to brewing with renewable electricity by 2025 as part of its efforts to take pressure off the national electricity grid and to meet its sustainability goals. The move is in line with holding company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) globally committing to... 

Pic of bottles at SAB's Alrode Brewery

Castle Lite beer to be made using renewable electricity 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd October 2021 South African Breweries (SAB) will soon produce its Castle Lite beer using renewable electricity, which will reduce the electricity drawn from the grid and reduce interruptions to production. Further, SAB is committed to fully switching to renewable energy sources by 2025. 

Biogas engines supplied to ethanol producer

15th October 2021 Multinational gas and diesel power plant specialist Clarke Energy has secured the sale of two of gas engine manufacturer Innio Jenbacher’s biogas engines to ethanol distiller PressCane Limited, based in Chikhwawa, Malawi. The ethanol production site generates biofuel in the form of ethanol, which... 

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Metal pipes of a correctly installed pipe system for the HVACR system
HOW TO... The association has released a new installation manual which will be used by training providers form this month
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