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Climate Change News

Algae offers new carbon emissions solution

By: Halima Frost     Updated 5 minutes ago Based on the concept that algae are a carbon-capture powerhouse, Austin, Texas biotech company Reactive Surfaces has invested over $2-million in the research and development of an algae-infused paint and surface area treatment, to not only capture but also sequester carbon emissions. Lichen is a... 

Seminar commemorates World Metrology Day, with a focus on sustainability

By: Sabrina Jardim     20th May 2024 In celebration of the first Unesco-recognised World Metrology Day on May 20, as well as a global emphasis on climate change and sustainability, the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) held a World Metrology Day seminar, focused on the theme of ‘measurement science in support of... 

Opinion: Time to open the floodgates on infrastructure development

16th May 2024 In this article, Stellenbosch University PhD student and Centre for Sustainability Transitions junior researcher Alboricah Rathupetsane writes about the impact of extreme weather events on South Africa's infrastructure and the need for increased investment in infrastructure development, as well... 

Alboricah Rathupetsane
Alboricah Rathupetsane

$2.2bn pledged to support clean-cooking access in Africa

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2024 Pledges worth $2.2-billion to support clean-cooking access in Africa were made at a summit in France on Tuesday, convened by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is estimated that more than one-billion people in Africa currently lack access to clean-cooking solutions and instead cook over... 

IEA executive director Fatih Biro
IEA executive director Fatih Biro

Big guns will speak at Enlit

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan, a global strategy consulting and market intelligence firm with a long-standing presence in Africa will again be represented by its partner and Africa CEO Hendrik Malan at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape Town International... 

Gas cylinders in front of a gas transporting ship
NATURAL SELECTION The increased uptake if natural gas will be the talking point at a panel discussion held at this year’s Enlit Africa

Water a hurdle in Africa’s development - expert

10th May 2024 Water scarcity poses a significant hurdle to Africa's growth and development, with climate change and deteriorating infrastructure intensifying the challenges, says advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan consultant Hannro Steenekamp. He explains that South Africa’s ongoing water crisis,... 

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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE BUT... The scarcity of drinkable water is denting the development of Africa as a continentent

Organisers expect record attendance at event

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by global dignitaries and industry leaders”. The Enlit Africa 2024 will be held at the Cape Town... 

A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
TAKING TO THE FUTURE This years Enlit Africa theme – Less Talk, More Action – aims to encourage attendees and speakers to move away from talk in favour of action and implementatio

Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo. These countries have agreed to implement Nationally Determined... 

Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo standing on a stage talking
SABINE DALL"OMO A panel – The Factors Determining Success in Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Future – will be sponsored by Siemens, and be led by Dall’Omo on May 22

South Africa to provide new coal-plant closure timeline to secure secure $2.6bn

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2024 South Africa will provide a new timeline for the shutdown of coal-fired power plants in a bid to secure about $2.5-billion in climate finance, an agency in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office said. The timetable to be proposed to the Climate Investment Funds in June aims to ensure the country... 

Eskom coal fired station

Panel highlights the urgency of climate change governance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th May 2024 A panel experts recently underscored the critical importance of climate change governance for businesses and governments worldwide in a webinar hosted on April 17, 2024, by Creamer Media Webinars in collaboration with ESG Africa Conference. The session, which was moderated by ESG Africa... 

World Bank suggests actions for lower-emission agricultural land use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2024 The World Bank has outlined in a report the actions that every country can take to make the global agrifood system more sustainable and achieve markable reductions in greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bank says the world is faced with a largely misunderstood reality in that the system that... 

Cans with food

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2024 The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets is calculated at a hefty R1.5-trillion in the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP). Less visible, however, are the socioeconomic costs... 

Wind and solar

South African tech startups have three more days to enter Irish Tech Challenge

By: Darren Parker     2nd May 2024 High-impact South African startups have until May 5 to submit their applications for the Irish Tech Challenge South Africa, which promises to provide winners global market access. The challenge is a partnership between the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa, the Department of Science and... 

CER lauds enactment of Climate Change Bill, says related policies should also be collaborative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th April 2024 With the National Council of Provinces having passed the Climate Change Bill and it nearing official promulgation, nonprofit organisation the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has stressed the need for constructive stakeholder consultation on the development of various policies and laws that... 

Mic with Paris Agreement background

Critical minerals, food crops at risk of climate disruption by 2050, report shows

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2024 More than 70% of critical minerals needed for the transition to net zero emissions will be at risk from climate disruption by 2050, professional services firm PwC says. The firm's latest report, titled ‘Climate Risks to Nine Key Commodities Report’, shows that the production of copper, cobalt and... 

A graph showing the heat stress and drought riks of various commodities

Nuclear associations call on G7 States to strengthen the sector to fight climate change

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th April 2024 Eight major international and national nuclear industry associations have urged the Group of Seven (G7) major democratic industrial economies to take steps to further develop nuclear energy capacity and technology, to help counter climate change. They also welcomed the opportunity to provide... 

African leaders seek record World Bank financing to combat climate change

By: Reuters     29th April 2024 African leaders on Monday called for rich countries to commit record contributions to a low-interest World Bank facility for developing nations that they rely on to help fund their development and combat climate change. Donors will make their cash pledges to the International Development... 

COP29 climate summit host Azerbaijan defends oil and gas investments

By: Reuters     26th April 2024 Azerbaijan, host of this year's UN climate summit, will defend the right of oil and gas producing nations to invest in the sector, the country's president said on Friday, noting that despite climate targets, fossil fuel demand remains strong. As the host of the United Nations COP29 climate... 

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2024 In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end the economy’s persistent underperformance 

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South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2024 Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP), for which pledges of $11.5-billion have been made by several developed... 

Workers unstalling solar panels

South Africa advised by World Bank on climate insurance, contingency fund options

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2024 The World Bank is advising South Africa’s National Treasury on a climate risk strategy after floods in recent years caused billions of dollars of damage. The country may take out climate insurance or establish a contingency fund to deal with major adverse weather events, a person familiar with... 

World Bank

CSIR researchers confirm latest El Niño is among harshest in history

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd April 2024 A research team tasked to monitor the impact of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climatic phenomenon has confirmed that the 2023/24 El Niño was among the top five strongest on record. El Niño is associated with warmer and drier weather conditions in South Africa.  

Drought

Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2024 The combination of public and private procurement of large-scale renewables in South Africa signals increased stability for manufacturers of key components, a new GreenCape report argues. Published ahead of the release of the much-anticipated South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM),... 

Together with large-scale procurement, rising rooftop solar installations are offering greater market stability that could stimulate local manufacturing
Together with large-scale procurement, rising rooftop solar installations are offering greater market stability that could stimulate local manufacturing

Panel highlights the urgency of climate change governance

18th April 2024 A panel experts recently underscored the critical importance of climate change governance for businesses and governments worldwide in a webinar hosted on April 17, 2024, by Creamer Media Webinars in collaboration with ESG Africa Conference. The session, which was moderated by ESG Africa... 

A 30% increase in whole grain adoption can reduce carbon emissions by 120Mt - BCG finds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2024 A report published by global consultancy Boston Consulting Group (BCG) finds that, with thoughtful and gradual changes to how wheat is grown, processed and consumed, the food system can be transformed to be more nutritional. With grains, in particular, including wheat, corn and rice, most... 

Grain in hand

CSIR joins international science community to improve understanding of ocean metabolism

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th April 2024 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has recently joined a new global research programme focused on improving understanding of the future state of the oceans under various climate change scenarios. Led by CSIR principal researcher Dr Tommy Ryan-Keogh, the programme, titled... 

IWMSA stresses importance of combatting plastic pollution

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th April 2024 Amid an increasing need to combat plastic pollution, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) highlights the need for concerted efforts to combat plastic pollution in South Africa. IWMSA president Mpendulo Ginindza notes that the plastic economy in South Africa is based on a... 

African Risk Capacity to pay out insurance to drought-affected Southern African farmers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2024 Farmers in Mozambique and Zambia are being impacted by one of the worst droughts in decades, United Nations (UN) assistant secretary-general Reena Ghelani has said as she met with stakeholders to organise food and cash assistance in countries affected by the drastic El Niño-induced weather. She... 

Drought in corn field

Impact manager Acre raises $100m for African climate infrastructure

By: Reuters     17th April 2024 Two former BNP Paribas bankers have raised almost $100-million for a new fund which aims to unlock billions of dollars of funding for climate-aligned infrastructure projects in Africa. Acre Impact Capital, a private-debt impact investment manager, is looking to address the estimated $100-billion... 

UNTD calls for more fiscal flexibility to help developing countries reach SDGs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2024 While the global economic slowdown in 2023 was less severe than expected, intergovernmental organisation United Nations Trade and Development (UNTD) has warned that a further deceleration in global economic growth can be expected this year. UNTD secretary-general Rebeca Grynspan has called for... 

UNTD secretary-general Rebeca Grynspa
UNTD secretary-general Rebeca Grynspa

People at the heart of South Africa’s water sector recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2024 The complexity of the water sector in South Africa, along with the numerous and seemingly insurmountable challenges faced, demands a series of integrated interventions – and people are at the centre of these solutions. South Africa’s long-known water woes are the result of several factors,... 

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Multilateral development banks still need work on implementing reforms, group says

By: Reuters     11th April 2024 The World Bank and six other multilateral banks have made good progress in integrating global challenges like climate change into their agendas, but most have miles to go in implementing other needed reforms, a tool tracking the reforms shows. The tracker, developed last year by the Center for... 

Dollar and euro banknotes

Rolls-Royce Power Systems enters partnership to achieve carbon capture for its mtu engines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2024 Rolls-Royce, the UK-based global major power and propulsion systems group, has announced that it is partnering with Switzerland-based carbon dioxide and dry ice company ASCO Carbon Dioxide (ASCO) and UK-based clean energy transition enterprise Landmark Power Holdings (LMPH) to develop scalable... 

March marks yet another record in global heat

By: Reuters     9th April 2024 The world just experienced its warmest March on record, capping a 10-month streak in which every month set a new temperature record, the European Union's climate change monitoring service said on Tuesday. Each of the last 10 months ranked as the world's hottest on record, compared with the... 

Climate change

Eskom defends pollution record, saying it’s spending billions

By: Bloomberg     8th April 2024 South Africa’s State power utility, stung by reports about the health impacts of emissions from burning coal, said it’s spending billions of dollars to reduce them and has an ambitious target to reduce output of one of its most dangerous pollutants. Eskom Holdings said it’s committed to a... 

Eskom's Duvha power station

88% of global fossil fuel, cement CO2 emissions linked to 117 producers

By: Darren Parker     4th April 2024 A new report, released on April 4 by InfluenceMap using the Carbon Majors database, shows that 88% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels and cement from 2016 through 2022 can be linked to 117 producers. In addition, most fossil fuel companies produced more fossil fuels in the... 

fossil fuel emissions

IEA strengthens collaboration with climate leaders as more commitments take shape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2024 After nearly 200 countries made major energy commitments at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is taking a leading role in ensuring these promises are transformed into action. The agency is tracking countries’ progress towards key objectives, sharing policy... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
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