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Climate Change

Forestry value chain innovations can help mitigate effects of climate change

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      22nd March 2024 Given the climate crisis in South Africa and around the world, tertiary education institution University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Technology and Innovation senior lecturer Dr Schalk Grobbelaar argues that innovations in the forestry value chain will be key in safeguarding the environment.  “When a... 

R600m financing facility to support S Africa’s renewables landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd March 2024 Financial services firm Standard Bank and China National Building Materials International (CNBM) have concluded a R600-million sustainable finance solution. The strategic financial package, comprising a R500-million invoice financing facility and a R100-million working capital facility, is set to... 

The strategic financial package is set to enable more South Africans to access affordable solar energy solutions
LYDIA ZHANG The strategic financial package is set to enable more South Africans to access affordable solar energy solutions

Technological solutions key to creating climate-resilient future

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      22nd March 2024 Leading subsurface software technology company Seequent highlights that technology solutions will assist in mitigating the global threat of climate change. Seequent, The Bentley Subsurface Company, builds “world-leading technology that is at the forefront of Earth Sciences”.  

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MITIGATING THREATS Climate change poses significant threats to long-term food and water security

Businesses could enable environment-friendly future – consultants

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      22nd March 2024 Global professional services firm BDO South Africa asserts that the imperative for businesses to expedite their environmental commitments remains crucial to promoting sustainable growth. The firm identifies carbon emissions, energy use and landfill waste as major contributors to the climate... 

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NATO OOSTHUIZEN There has been a significant shift in business attitudes regarding the environment, as someBDO South Africa clients are using energy-saving lighting and appliances, while others are doing away with the reliance on paper and plastics

New approaches to waste needed to alleviate impact

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th March 2023 Establishing a hierarchy to avoid and minimise waste production, following a circular economy model and increasing awareness on the impact of waste can alleviate the impacts of current waste management systems, says waste management service Interwaste marketing director Kate Stubbs. Current waste... 

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RE-FRAMING WASTE Waste products can be used to meet other resource demands

Climate change-focused conference aims to inspire action

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th March 2023 The inaugural 1.5 Degrees Conference and Exhibition aims to inspire action towards achieving net-zero emissions and limiting global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. The conference will take place at the Century City Conference Centre and Precinct, in Cape Town, from March 28 to 30. 

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TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF The event aims to bridge the gap between high-level climate change conversations and civil society

Engineered wood a carbon-efficient material

By: Nadine Ramdass     24th March 2023 The international construction industry is moving away from carbon-producing materials, such as steel and concrete, in favour of more sustainable materials. Engineered wood offers a multitude of benefits, including being a more sustainable and cost-effective material while offering shortened... 

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WOOD INNOVATION Engineered wood are more sustainable, cost-effective material, offer shortened construction time and are customisable, stronger and uniform panels
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