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Environmental News

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... 

Tshwane’s first separation-at-source project in a public space signals success

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th May 2024 A separation-at-source recycling campaign, called S@S, at Tshwane’s public Fountains Valley Resort – a collaboration between the City of Tshwane and producer responsibility organisation Petco – is being described by officials as a success, with plans to extend it to other resorts and public areas... 

Petco recycling bins

Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station

17th May 2024 Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is operated by energy infrastructure operator E.ON. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received in the... 

The Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK
POWERFUL REVAMP The boiler build being undertaken by Valmet for the Steven’s Croft biomass power station will increase efficiencies and output

Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning landfill waste into power

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving towards implementation. Landfill gas, primarily made up of methane, is produced when organic matter,... 

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

Nedbank launches R10m Indalo Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th May 2024 Finance institution Nedbank on May 15 announced the launch of the R10-million Indalo Fund at the Indalo Inclusive Symposium at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria. The Indalo Fund is designed to change the way entrepreneurs are funded, creating a pipeline of viable... 

An image of Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility executive head Poovi Pillay
Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility executive head Poovi Pillay

$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,... 

A black and white image of a hand under a tap with a trickle of water
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

Cooling company to highlight new concepts

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to address future clients and investors at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape... 

An air-cooled condensers designed and manufactured by IWC
COOL AS A CUCUMBER According to thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Coolin air-cooled condensers are the most efficient, green option for cooling

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

Pioneer solution converts paper sludge, food and textile waste into bioethanol

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd May 2024 A pioneering solution has been developed to convert cellulose fibre-rich waste from pulp and paper mill operations into ethanol using a specialised fermentation process. The solution was announced by the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), in collaboration with Stellenbosch... 

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... 

Energy Council welcomes passing of Climate Change Bill

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd May 2024 Industry organisation the Energy Council of South Africa has welcomed the passing of the Climate Change Bill by Parliament on April 25. “The Climate Change Bill is a critical piece of legislation that seeks to enable the development of an effective climate change response and a long-term just... 

An image of Energy Council CEO James Mackay
Energy Council CEO James Mackay

Opinion: Pollution in the Vaal Triangle – progress, but more must be done

2nd May 2024 In this article, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Kobus Verster writes that industry across the Vaal Triangle, together with responsible corporate citizens in the steel industry, must constantly improve their overall environmental performance above and beyond air quality indicators. 

AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant 

2nd May 2024 Local waste management company Interwaste – a Séché Environnement Group company – has launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company describes the plant as a “first of its kind in South Africa,” noting that it marks a step forward in... 

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant
Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant

Panel highlights the urgency of climate change governance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2024 A panel of 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... 

Panel highlights the urgency of climate change governance

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

NCOP approves Climate Change Bill

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2024 The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Climate Change Bill. “The Climate Change Bill will provide the much-needed legal framework to regulate activities that contribute to climate change; ensure an effective response in all spheres of government and by society at large; ensure... 

An image of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Barbara Creecy

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... 

Coca Cola’s Namibia recycling partnership turns bottles into brighter futures

By: Sabrina Jardim     26th April 2024 An investment of more than $1.2-million through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and plastic packaging company Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flaking plant in Okahandja, Namibia. The plant is expected to double the... 

Namibian Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta officially opens the new $1.2-million plastic flaking plant in Okhanja
Photo by Coca Cola Beverages Africa
Namibian Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta officially opens the new $1.2-million plastic flaking plant in Okhanja

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 

Magazine cover image

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

Unctad calls for innovative investment strategies as global crises fracture foreign investment

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd April 2024 Amid the complex landscape of global foreign direct investment (FDI), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has called for innovative investment strategies to foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In its report titled ‘Global Economic Fracturing and Shifting... 

Novare partners with IFC to advance green building, retail decarbonisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd April 2024 Real estate investment firm Novare Equity Partners has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its Greening Real Estate Investment Portfolios (Grips) programme, which affords Novare access to a comprehensive suite of advisory and investment services. The strategic alliance... 

Green office block

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... 

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