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Alison von Ketelhodt has been the secretary-general of SANEA since 2007 and has been a part of the transformation that has taken place over the past five years. She has also participated in the work of the World Energy Council and has especially been part of the mentorship programme for new member committees and member secretaries. Unfortunately the pressure of her day job has been increasing steadily and Alison has found it necessary to hand over the responsibilities of secretary-general. Fortunately Dave Wright has offered to assist here, and at the SANEA Board meeting held on 18 October the decision…
Johannesburg 21 October – Vuma Reputation Management has been honoured with the New and Innovative Business Award at the 11th edition of the Black Business Quarterly Awards, held at Emperor’s Palace on October 19th. The award is in recognition of Vuma’s innovation in the area of corporate reputation management, crisis communication, media training and the integration of social media tools into the business environment. Says Vuma’s Director of Special Projects, Shavana Mushwana: It is a real commendation that our work has received recognition from the ten-member BBQ panel. As the Vuma team, we see this recognition as an opportunity to…
By Emma Dempster, Senior Associate, Projects and Infrastructure Practice, reviewed by Kieran Whyte, Director and National Practice Head, Projects and Infrastructure Practice, Cliffe Dekker HofmeyrThe "Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects" First Edition 1999 (ISBN 2-88432-021-0) (“FIDIC Silver Book”) form of engineer, procure and construct ("EPC") contract is commonly used in South Africa (and internationally) for construction contracts in the power sectors. Contractors are generally familiar with the proposed allocation of risks between the parties which has the advantage of reducing costs to owners associated with contractors requiring additional risk premium in their prices for unfamiliar contract conditions. In particular,…
Measurement and Verification (M&V) is the most critical component in any project where the savings of any form of energy need to be quantified and South Africa are seen as the leaders in M&V in the world. In an initiative led by the University of Pretoria, an informative book titled: “Energy Efficiency Measurement & Verification Practices: Demystifying M&V through South African Case Studies” will be launched at the 7th Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention 2012 (2012SAEEC), on 14 November 2012 in the M&V Breakaway Session at Emperors Palace, Gauteng. 2012SAEEC will this year once again cover pertinent topics presented by…
KSE remains first and only independent power producer appointed by theBotswana Power Corporationto date.Based on its recent analysis of the power generation market, Frost&Sullivan recognises Karoo Sustainable Energy (Pty) Ltd [KSE] with the2012AfricaCompetitive Strategy Leadership Award. KSE is an independent power producer (IPP) actively pursuing power development projects inBotswanasince 2008.“The company has exhibited a competitive edge over other entities operating in the same environment, as reflected by its pioneering position of first IPP in Botswana,” notes Frost&Sullivan’s energy&power research analyst, Celine Paton. “Furthermore, the company has managed to negotiate the firstPower Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), which…
CSP Today have announced a complimentary webinar in association with the CSP Today Global Tracker: A journey through Global CSP: Tracking data on projects and markets in 2012This webinar will take place on Wednesday 24 October at 8.00AM (PST) / 4.00PM (UK) As the latest in a series of interactive webinars run by CSP Today, this hour-long session will give participants the opportunity to explore a wealth of fully verified data on CSP markets and projects around the globe. With Belen Gallego, founder of CSP Today, Pancho Ndebele president of STELA World and former President of SASTELA, Riian Meyer, Research…
Measurement and Verification (M&V) is the most critical component in any project where the savings of any form of energy need to be quantified and South Africa are seen as the leaders in M&V in the world. In an initiative led by the University of Pretoria, an informative book titled: “Energy Efficiency Measurement & Verification Practices: Demystifying M&V through South African Case Studies” will be launched at the 7th Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention 2012 (2012SAEEC), on 14 November 2012 in the M&V Breakaway Session at Emperors Palace, Gauteng. 2012SAEEC will this year once again cover pertinent topics presented by…
The recent European Union (EU) ban on the manufacture and import of incandescent light bulbs can be expected to have a major impact on the South African lighting industry in the coming months. Courtesy of this ban, once the existing stocks of incandescent bulbs in the EU are sold out, consumers will be left with a choice between compact fluorescent light (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Therefore, one can expect manufacturers of these lamps to focus even more intently on research and development (R&D) and product improvement. According to Gregg Fox, LED and Cleansui Product Manager at Verbatim in South…
The South African Industrial Container Reconditioners Association (SAICRA) and the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) recently signed their first ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MoU). According to a press release, this will pave the way towards better safety and environmental protection in the collection, transport and reconditioning of industrial containers. This is the first time that the chemical industry, represented by CAIA, and drum reconditioners, represented by SAICRA, have aligned themselves to work together for the benefit of both industries.The MoU details how the two industries will collaborate to ensure that containers that were previously used for storing chemicals comply…
With the announcement during this year’s budget speech of a likely carbon tax to come into effect in the 2013/2014 tax year, South African business has expressed concern and dissatisfaction. However, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated that there would be further opportunity for businesses to comment with the release of a discussion document by the National Treasury.Currently, the proposal is for a tax rate of R75 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted, with this rate to increase over time. Research performed by Trucost, a company that assists organisations to measure and manage the environmental impact of their operations, indicates that…
The diversified resources company Exxaro Resources Limited has become the first company in South Africa to achieve Road Transport Management System (RTMS) consignor and consignee accreditation. The RTMS is an industry-led, voluntary self-regulation system that encourages consignees, consignors and hauliers engaged in the road logistics value chain to implement a vehicle management system that preserves road infrastructure, improves road safety and increases the productivity of the logistics value chain. The system consists of recommended practices for consignors, consignees and hauliers. Exxaro’s Grootegeluk and North Block Complex business units are the first company sites to receive RTMS accreditation. The Chamber of…
The Department of Energy recently published regulations regarding the mandatory blending of biofuels and diesel in the Government Gazette. The regulations are published in terms of the Petroleum Products Act of 1977 and were published for comment in November 2011. However, the implementation date has not been made public yet.The regulations set down conditions for the mandatory blending of bio-ethanol and biodiesel with petrol and diesel respectively. According to an agricultural and biofuels advisor, Fanie Brink, the Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, announced a minimum concentration of 5% for biodiesel blending with mineral diesel and a permitted range from 2%…
Engen, a leading challenger for downstream petroleum product market share in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, is taking its lubricating oil franchise, The Oil Centre (TOC), into Zambia. The company plans to roll out another eight TOCs this year in selected countries across its footprint of 17 sub-Saharan countries outside South Africa. In addition, it is introducing a further diversification of its business channels through a non-branded distribution partnership model. Engen envisages rolling out nine of these models this year throughout the rest of the earmarked region.Andre de Wet, acting general manager of Engen’s International Business Division (IBD),…
The South African Cabinet recently approved the lifting of the moratorium on shale-gas exploration in the Karoo Basin, which was imposed in February last year, allowing licences for the exploration of shale gas to be issued under certain circumstances. “Under the Cabinet decision, the actual fracturing cannot be done now, even though exploration will involve some drilling,” said the Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu.South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says it will move to consider the shale-gas licence applications for the Karoo Basin, but indicated that only “normal” exploration “excluding actual hydraulic fracturing”, or fracking, will be allowed…
The Department of Water Affairs’ second draft National Water Resources Strategy (NWRS2) was gazetted on 27 August 2012, following Cabinet’s approval. The proposed NWRS2 aims to mitigate the protection, use, development, conservation, general management and control of South Africa’s scarce water resources. The draft strategy – a requirement in terms of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) – will be available to stakeholders for a 90-day period to make comments and suggestions. Thereafter the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, will finalise the policy and take action regarding the strategies tabled.The first NWRS, published in 2004…
The Overseas Power Investment Corporation (Opic), the United States government’s development finance institution, will invest up to US$250-million in its first photovoltaic project in South Africa, according to PV Magazine. The 60MW plant will help to diversify the country’s electricity generation beyond its heavy coal concentration and will displace approximately 140 000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in its first year of operation. The project came about in response to the new Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPP), a South African government initiative that aims to increase investment in renewable energy production – especially solar power – with the…
There are huge opportunities for investment and innovation in South Africa’s power sector, according to Dr Steve Lennon, the power utility Eskom’s group executive for sustainability. Lennon was speaking at the fifth edition of the Innovation Summit in Johannesburg. This two-day annual event seeks to bring together entrepreneurs and creative thinkers from academia, private companies and the government to network, share ideas and pitch concepts to potential funders.According to Lennon, there are many energy opportunities in the southern African region. However, he added that although the region is energy-rich, it is under-exploited. Lennon noted that there is massive coal resources…
The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has launched the PILOT Energy and Water Benchmarking tool for the commercial property industry, which allows property owners to see how their building’s consumption measures up to industry norms.The GBCSA has launched the Pilot version of its Energy and Water Benchmarking tool, which, for the first time, analyses existing building performance, and allows property managers to see how their buildings measure up in terms of energy and water consumption compared to industry norms. Measuring existing stock This launch is particularly relevant because until now, the GBCSA has focused on the certification and…
The new Concept B-Class Electric Drive Stuttgart/Paris – A new addition to Mercedes-Benz's family of electric vehicles: at the Paris Motor Show, the company is presenting a battery-powered electric variant of the B-Class. This concept vehicle is one of the first models to incorporate the term "Electric Drive" into its model designation. In future, "Electric Drive" lettering will adorn the boot lids of all battery-powered electric passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and smart. Similarly to the successful B-Class models with combustion engines, the battery-powered Concept B-Class Electric Drive also combines a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience with full suitability for…
After two and half years of struggling to get a corrosion proof solar water heater, MaxLite has officially unveiled their WaterLite 110Lt plastic, gravity outlet system. Trevor van der Vyver, CEO of MaxLite has registered a patent for what he believes is a world first plastic SWH which has passed SABS 1307 and eligible for the ESKOM rebate. The tank and outer skin of this unique system is produced entirely from polyethylene. Polyethylene is a plastic material manufactured by SASOL in South Africa. The need for such a system stems from the shortage of products compliant with SABS installation and…
The Egyptian electricity industry is expected to grow significantly, with additional power generation capacities coming online on an annual basis for the next decade. Total installed capacity is expected to double and reach almost 51 GW by the year 2020, compared to 2010. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.energy.frost.com), Strategic Overview of the Egyptian Electricity Industry, estimates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% for electricity demand from fiscal year ending June 2011 to 2020. This growth is supported by improving socio-economic development, continuing urbanisation, and sustained population growth. However, electricity demand is expected to slow down in…
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) says it will back a 60MW plant that will help diversify South Africa’s electricity generation beyond its heavy coal concentration. The OPIC financing will enable two US companies, MEMC and its subsidiary SunEdison, to construct and operate a PV plant in Boshoff in South Africa’s Free State province. All electricity generated by the plant will be sold to the national grid through a power-purchase agreement. The project came about in response to the new Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program – a South African government initiative that aims to increase investment in renewable energy…
South Africa will run dry by 2050, should no action be taken to conserve water. It is pertinent that the key players in South Africa’s food industry implement strict water saving measures through the use of water recycling, to help address the impending water deficit that is threatening food security and produce all around the country.According to Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Managing Director of Ecowize - a leading hygiene and sanitation company servicing the food sector, it is crucial for food producers and manufacturers to introduce elements of strict control through implementations of water saving disciplines, as water will always be a…
The diversified resources company Exxaro Resources Limited has become the first company in South Africa to achieve Road Transport Management System (RTMS) consignor and consignee accreditation. The RTMS is an industry-led, voluntary self-regulation system that encourages consignees, consignors and hauliers engaged in the road logistics value chain to implement a vehicle management system that preserves road infrastructure, improves road safety and increases the productivity of the logistics value chain. The system consists of recommended practices for consignors, consignees and hauliers. Exxaro’s Grootegeluk and North Block Complex (NBC) business units are the first company sites to receive RTMS accreditation. The Chamber…
Drilling for geothermal power in the north-western part of Rwanda is set to begin in December, according to the country’s permanent secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, James Kamanzi. Kamanzi told The New Times, one of the country’s newspapers, that the government has already signed a contract with a qualified firm to start drilling.Three potential sites with a depth of 2-3km have been identified on the southern slopes of the Karisimbi volcano. In early 2011, preliminary findings by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), which was contracted in 2010 to conduct a thorough surface exploration of geothermal energy, indicated that…
The Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) plans to develop a renewable energy plant at a cost of US$3,8-million in Kitwe, Zambia. Funds for the biomass gasification-based power plant project will come from the Global Environmental Fund through the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation facility by the Development Bank of Zambia. The rest of the funding is expected to be raised from a combination of debt and equity. According to a CEC press release, the project will use wood waste from the Copperbelt Forestry Company, where it will be based. A feasibility study commissioned by CEC indicates that there is enough feedstock…
Smart metering is increasing in South Africa as municipalities start rolling out smart-grid technology, according to Accenture SA’s executive director, Lungile Mginqi.Smart-grid technology is seen as a way to curb electricity losses from inefficient transmission and distribution, and helps local authorities to monitor and control electricity supplied to the national grid from independent power suppliers. Mginqi adds that smart meters could reduce billing problems and encourage energy-efficiency. A smart grid gathers and responds to information about the behaviour of suppliers and consumers, and is meant to improve efficiency, reliability, economics and sustainability of the distribution of electricity.“When it comes to…
“The newly launched South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) is expected to assist the government in addressing South Africa’s energy needs,” Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said at the recent launch of the organisation in Johannesburg. Sanedi was established through the merger of the South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) and the National Energy-Efficiency Agency (NEEA). Sanedi’s chief executive officer, Kevin Nassiep, said the establishment of Sanedi will assist the green economy and job creation, among others.“We also need to develop solutions for sustainable development in the future. South Africa needs to be a pioneer of innovation,” he said.…
Engen Mozambique has been awarded a significant share of commercial tenders as major new mining projects come on stream in Mozambique, which together are expected to consume up to 300-million litres per year of diesel and 5-million litres of lubricants per year by 2015. The company won the total supply of fuels and lubricants in a tender floated by the global mining giant Rio Tinto for operations of a mine it acquired in Moatize (Tete Province). “The deal is for the supply of 200-million litres of diesel and 3-million litres of lubricants over the next five years,” says Moises Alberto,…
South Africa’s distribution grid must undergo an urgent upgrade, otherwise there will be an increase in power outages, reports Independent Online. The maintenance backlog, which will cost the government R35-billion, must be addressed before 2015. This is according to Deon Louw, the deputy director of electro-technical services at Overstrand Municipality in the Western Cape, who points out that the grid will fail in stages as “some parts are older than others”. Eskom’s network upgrade needs R10-billion, while municipality needs amount to R25-billion. Grid maintenance requires R6,5-million per year, but only an average of R3,5-billion is actually spent. The lifespan of…
The latest SANS 151ed7 for fixed electrical-storage water heaters has taken a bold step in South African history, by adding an energy-efficiency label as a legal requirement to geysers. From now on, all geysers that are sold in South Africa need to have a label fixed to the product and electrical efficiency information must be made available to consumers. Previously, geysers were bought on price and availability. Now the geyser’s efficiency must be clearly displayed. In terms of the SANS standards, standard domestic geysers, used in conjunction with heat pumps and electrical connections, are still 25% less efficient than dedicated…
Sanea is committed to encouraging energy-resource debate in South Africa. On 21 August Gregg Nott and Happy Masondo, directors at Werksmans Attorneys, discussed the opportunities and challenges that independent power providers (IPPs) face within the current South African legislative environment and energy sector. The overriding argument was that independent power can play a significant role in mitigating the country’s dwindling energy supply. However, certain challenges, such as tariff, policy, limited technical capacity and capability of human resources, need to be overcome. Ultimately, in order to meet these challenges, there needs to be continuity in planning, as well as political commitment…
The South African government has signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) with the US Export-Import Bank, which will see US$2-billion invested in the country’s renewable energy projects. The DOI, signed between the Export-Import Bank and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), is effective from August 2012. Under the DOI’s conditions, the 18-year term loan will benefit both the United States (US) and South Africa (SA), as the funding will go to US firms, contracted to the country’s energy projects. Companies such as General Electric, Solar Reserve and Siemens, among others, will benefit from this funding. The DOI will…
By Rip Wyma of Shared Energy Management, a Johnson Controls partnerEnergy efficiency is fast becoming an important item on the South African corporate agenda, for a number of reasons. While some organisations have taken this to heart with the implementation of Green Star energy rated buildings, and many organisations are beginning to take steps to reduce energy consumption, others have not even begun. There are many things that can be done to reduce energy consumption, however addressing these issues in isolation means that organisations fail to achieve the important ‘big picture’ view of their overall energy usage. Improving energy efficiency…
The energy scene in Africa is developing speedily, and the industry is facing huge challenges - potential growth in demand limited by supply side constraints, and limitations on cross border trade. In response to this two long-established international energy consultancy and training businesses, PPA Energy and MJMEnergy, have pooled resources to form the Energy Academy Africa. This Academy will offer advanced training in the commercial, technical and operational aspects of gas and power. The first pilot training course - Power System Operation: the Fundamentals is aimed at utility managers needing to understand more about system operations and their economic impact…
For the second year in a row, the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) has won the US-based Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) 2012 Overall Best Chapter Performance Award in the international category, in addition to the Best Website Award, and the Best Community Service Award. The AEE has a membership base of over 16,000 professionals in 89 countries and recognises significant achievements of its US-based and international chapters through the annual Chapter Recognition Awards Program which comprises 7 possible awards, of which SAEE won 3. The SAEE is currently in its 10th year of existence and in the…
The South African government is currently deploying many efforts towards employment creation through massive infrastructure development projects. Employment creation also figures high in water programmes, such as the Working for Water and the River Health programme. However, these programmes are all rather top-down and very specialized. It is increasingly realized that there should be more community-driven projects in collaboration with local government. These challenges and possible solutions were highly debated during the launch of the Water Research Commission’s (WRC) Water Currents Policy Series on 14 August 2012, at Leriba Lodge, Centurion. The launch which attracted over 150 registered delegates provided…
Frost & Sullivan Share Technologies and Innovations Reshaping Careers and Industry at GIL 2012: AfricaCAPE TOWN – 23 August 2012 - Top CEOs and executives from various industries, gathered in the city of Cape Town today at Frost & Sullivan’s second annual Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) event, held at the Table Bay hotel. Visionary innovators and industry leaders united to share best practices, engage in discussions around new trends reshaping the future of business, and inspire new ideas for rethinking and strengthening company growth strategies.Dorman Followwill, Partner & Director for Frost & Sullivan EIA, set the stage by emphasising…
Frost & Sullivan Recognise African Industry Leaders for Vision, Innovation and Leadership at GIL 2012: AfricaThe African continent provides opulent opportunities. Newly-elected African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, recently stated that infrastructure is the key to linking African countries. Although the continent may face challenges, the potential for growth and expansion is vast in sectors such as infrastructure, mining, environment and mobile communications; an industry which has recently demonstrated one of the highest growth rates in the world. During this year's GIL 2012: Africa event, four Africans, representing four very vast industries will be recognised for their visionary leadership…
The British High Commissioner Dame Nicola Brewer, in association with the Green Building Council of South Africa and the World Green Building Council, launched the Cato Manor Green Street case study at the the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Pretoria Yesterday (30 July 2012). South Africa’s first ‘Green Street’ upgrade, which was completed last year, consisted of the upgrade of thirty low-cost houses in a small cul-de-sac road in the historic township of Cato Manor in Durban. Some of the findings of the ZAR1.2-million project, along with policy implications and estimates for what could be achieved by a nation-wide retrofit…
A new pilot project by Philips and the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority to install solar-powered LED street lighting in Nairobi has the potential to generate up to 100% energy savings, if implemented on a wide scale across the country. The pilot project, which is the first of its kind in East Africa, was launched on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, 2012. The initiative aims to highlight the benefits of sustainable energy sources and alternatives to expensive, less efficient traditional lighting. The…
The federal government of Nigeria has asked Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) to pay $5-billion for the oil spill that occurred in its Bonga oil field in December last year. But the managing director of SNEPCO, Chike Onyejekwe, said the company was not thinking about compensation for affected communities, saying the spill did not reach the shoreline before it was contained. According to the website www.bussinessweek.com, the disclosures were made at a meeting organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Environment which was aimed to ascertain a progress report on the Bonga oil spill. The chairman of…
The delay in the Medupi power plant and underinvestment in municipal electrical infrastructure can lead to a future power crisis this year, which will increase genset sales in South Africa. The cost of downtime that companies face when electricity blackouts and load-shedding occur can be significant and companies that do not prepare for this possible situation can face permanent damage to their operations and reputations.   New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the South African genset market earned revenues of $212-million in 2010 and this is expected to almost double by 2016. The market concentration in the South…
The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, through its private sector window, approved a senior loan of US $60-million for the expansion of the Takoradi II thermal power plant expansion in mid-July. This expansion aims at improving electricity supply and energy security in Ghana. According to the Today News outlet in the country, Ghana’s economy has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade, increasing the aggregate demand for electricity and creating an energy challenge that has been primarily addressed by further electricity imports. The country’s installed power capacity will soon be insufficient if additional capacity is…
Project Ikhwezi, PetroSA’s flagship initiative to secure additional reserves to sustain its Mossel Bay gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery, has been granted regulatory approval by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to produce gas feedstock from offshore development fields. The approval follows PetroSA’s application to Nersa in December 2011. It is a major milestone in the project and allows the national oil company to produce natural gas from the development fields when the project is commissioned. Project Ikhwezi is aimed at sustaining the life of the Mossel Bay GTL Refinery. The wells are based off the F-O field, which is…
The International Energy Agency (IEA) made headlines recently by concluding that fossil fuels received far more global subsidies than renewable energy in 2010. According to the website www.oilprice.com, it appears that the IEA survey only included data from the countries with the largest fossil fuel subsidies, which are mainly developing countries whose economies largely depend on fossil fuel production. National Geographic’s The Great Energy Challenge also includes fossil fuel subsidy data from developed countries (figure 1), bringing the total global value close to $500-billion for 2010. Bear in mind that exactly what is defined as a subsidy can be rather…
Biogas digesters have been installed in the Upper Thukela area in KwaZulu-Natal as part of a natural resource management project to enhance the quality of life of people living there. Greg Austin, a member of the Sustainable Energy Society of South Africa (SESSA), tells the story of some of the community members whose lives changed because of a biogas digester. He says that before her Agama bio-digester was installed, Mama Ethel Khumalo spent R800 of her R1 140 monthly pension on energy.  Today she uses the dung from her five cattle to feed the bio-digester. The gas it produces is…
South Africa could create at least 5 000 jobs by providing ship and oil rig repair and maintenance, Transport Minister Ben Martins said recently. Addressing the 2012 South African Maritime Industry Conference, Martins said a re-invigorated maritime industry could become a key driver of economic growth and job creation in the country. According to the website www.southafrica.info, one of the biggest opportunities that had been identified in the maritime sector was that of positioning South Africa as a centre for ship and oil rig repair and maintenance. Cape Town’s harbour is already involved in the repair of a number of…
Grid-scale energy storage and renewable energy are a natural fit. The website www.spectrum.ieee.org states that when the wind blows the strongest and the sun shines at its brightest, power generated by renewable energy sources is usually lost when it can’t be used right away. “Storing it for calm periods or a cloudy day is a crucial part of many future energy plans,” the website cites.   A number of technologies, like flywheels, sodium-sulphur batteries and compressed air storage, will eventually contribute to that storage, but these all have drawbacks. According to the website, some don’t store enough energy, some discharge…
On Tuesday 17 July 2012, Deputy Minister, Derek Hanekom of the Department of Science and Technology officially opened the Multipurpose Fluorination Pilot Plant (MFPP) at Pelchem in Pelindaba, Pretoria. Pelchem SOC is a subsidiary of the state owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and is the only fluorochemical producer in Southern Africa which currently supplies high value products to twenty countries in six continents. The MFPP will be focused on: • The production of commercial scale samples of various fluorochemical products for market penetration and qualification • Obtaining of process parameters and engineering data for scale-up to commercial plants • R&D work…
The new 30 % glass fiber-reinforced Ultramid® S3WG6 Balance has found a production application at A.Raymond. The internationally active automotive supplier of fasteners and connectors with headquarters in France uses the polyamide (PA) 6.10 from BASF that was first introduced at the K 2010 in quick connectors for fuel lines. The material is characterized by not only its hydrolysis resistance, but also its exceptionally high resistance to fuel.   The mechanical properties after storage for over 2,000 hours at elevated temperatures in biofuels such as E 24, B30, or B100, for instance, are at a level comparable to those of PA…
The Green Hour radio program, an initiative of the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) and Kingfisher FM in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), celebrates its first anniversary after producing 44 energy efficiency and sustainability awareness shows. Launched on the 4th of July last year, the SAEE joined forces with Gareth Burley, a radio presenter on Kingfisher FM to start a national conversation about energy efficiency. The community in NMB have been privileged to hear live studio interviews from various prestigious personalities within the energy industry like Lisa Reynolds representing the SABS who discussed the latest building standards, Dr Braam…
A country’s history is inextricably linked with that of its water resources. Without its many dams and water transfer schemes, South Africa could not  become the powerhouse that it is today. Lani van Vuuren, the author of a new book that explores the history behind the construction of South Africa’s biggest dams, was honoured during the book’s formal launch in May. The book, In the Footsteps of Giants, Exploring the history of South Africa’s largest dams, contains 340 pages filled with various anecdotes and behind-the-scene stories of engineers and specialists who designed and built the dams. It is an overview…
The third annual China Sourcing Fair will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 28-30 November 2012. The fair is a sourcing platform for global buyers and sellers and this event attracts more suppliers from greater China than any other trade show in Africa. Last year’s fair, which was attended by thousands of buyers, not only showcased many cost-effective products from China, but it also included a free conference where topics such as sourcing tips for beginners and veteran entrepreneurs were discussed. Solar and energy-saving products at the fair Over 800 exhibitors showcased their products at the…
For South Africa to reach its goals in becoming a low carbon economy in 2013 and delivering on energy demands to sustain a growing economy is not an easy task. The government can’t reach these goals alone and needs to reach out to every energy user in the country to help them achieve this. Leading the country’s citizens in becoming more energy-efficient becomes easier when there is a platform for both consumers and corporate organisations, providing credible and technical information on how to change their behaviour. Innovation Group, a key player in the alternative energy sector who specialises in the…
Nuclear power and its associated risks remain a public concern. This is according to the Human Science Research Council (HSRC). In the 1988 White Paper on Energy Policy, the government signalled its intent to investigate nuclear as a source of energy. To develop a better understanding of the views of civil society on nuclear technologies, Jarè Struwig and Ben Roberts presented select findings from one of the first detailed studies of public attitudes towards nuclear technology and energy in South Africa. The HSRC says it is imperative that the government, the nuclear industry and non-governmental stakeholders alike must invest in…
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have unveiled a new initiative that aims to reduce pollution levels, improve resource-efficiency and reduce infrastructure costs in cities across the world. Launched recently at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities will work with local and national governments, the private sector and civil society groups to promote energy-efficient buildings, efficient water use, sustainable waste management and other activities.   Cities with populations of 500 000 or more are invited to join the initiative, which aims to attract 200 members by 2015. In a rapidly urbanising world, cities…
“Japanese authorities failed to disclose United States data about the spread of radiation spewing from a crippled nuclear plant last year,” a Japanese cabinet minister said in June. “This meant that some evacuees fled in the same direction as the radioactive emissions.” News that Japan’s nuclear watchdog and the science and technology ministry sat on the information collected by US military aircraft is likely to add to mistrust of nuclear power. An earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 devastated the Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo, triggering explosions and meltdowns and causing about 160 000 people to flee the…
“South Africa’s current refining capacity is insufficient and urgent decisions need to be made on the construction of a new oil refinery at Coega in the Eastern Cape province,” Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said recently. South Africa currently has a total refining capacity of about 700 000 b/d of conventional refining, coal-to-liquids (CTL) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) refineries, but the country has been a net importer of gasoline and diesel for over two years. Operational setbacks and industrial action by trade unions at the country’s refineries, which are centred in the coastal cities of Durban and Cape Town, have frequently led…
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said recently that more than 50 governments have launched new energy strategies, while private investors have pledged more than $50 billion to help carry out his goal to double the share of global renewable energy and the rate of energy-efficiency improvement by 2030. The UN chief unveiled these commitments to his Sustainable Energy For All initiative at the Rio+20 United Nations Development Conference in Brazil – the first public pledges made to the programme since its launch in September 2011.   “This initiative is already mobilising significant action from all sectors of society. Working…
A total of 5% of global electricity consumption could be saved every year through a transition to efficient lighting, resulting in annual worldwide savings of over US$ 110 billion. These are among the main findings of 150 national assessments and a new global policy map on efficient lighting, which was released recently by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners.   In some cases, the assessments show that the financial savings and climate change mitigation benefits achieved by phasing out incandescent lighting in developing and middle-income countries are much more significant than previous studies suggested. The yearly savings in…
The war on coal is environmentally sound, but the lack of subtlety in getting rid of this dirty energy stepchild is destructive and natural gas would eventually triumph over coal without hard-hitting regulations. According to the website www.oilprice.com, a resolution in the United States Senate seeking to overturn federal regulations that limit toxic mercury and other dangerous emissions from coal-burning power plants failed to pass in June, with 46 votes for and 53 against it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to unleash its war on coal, which means that any new coal plants built cannot emit more carbon dioxide…
The energy sector reforms of the Federal Government of Nigeria  got a boost as the Indian government recently unveiled plans to offer a $100-million (about N16-billion) credit line to investors in Nigeria. According to the Guardian newspaper in Nigeria, there are indications that no less than 12 energy firms from the Asian country are now indicating interest to invest in Nigeria. The High Commissioner of India, Mahesh Sachdev, noted that plans are in motion to sign a credit facility agreement with the Nigerian government soon. Sachdev assured Nigeria of his country’s commitment to increase the bilateral trade relationship between the…
“Major new natural gas discoveries in Tanzania have pushed the reserve estimates up to 28,7-trillion cubic feet from 10-trillion cubic feet,” Tanzania’s deputy minister of energy and minerals, Stephen Masele, told Dow Jones Newswires recently. “These latest finds in the country’s deep-water gas blocks are attracting new interest from a host of international oil companies, especially as the bulk of the country’s offshore and onshore gas and oil blocks are yet to be explored,” Masele said. The US Geological Survey estimates that East Africa’s coastal region holds up to 441-trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Tanzania is also trying to…
Two sister publications, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment and REN21’s Renewables 2012 Global Status Report, were launched in June. “Against an increasingly rough and tumble competitive landscape, the total investment in renewables excluding large hydro increased by 17% to a record $257-billion last year. It is a six-fold increase when comparing it to the 2004 figure and is 94% higher than the total in 2007, the year before the world financial crisis,” says the UNEP report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012. The report was prepared by the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate…
Philips has announced an extension to its range of energy-saving LED bulbs recently. This makes their range one of the most complete portfolios of high quality cost-effective LED lamps on the market. The new entry level LED light bulbs will replace incandescent or halogen bulbs and offer energy savings of up to 90% whilst lasting 10 to 15 times longer. In addition, the bulbs offer quality light, contain no mercury and emit no ultraviolet (UV) radiation. John Westermeyer, marketing manager for Philips Lighting in southern Africa, says the development of LEDs offers them an opportunity to innovate and develop an…
The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) encouraged all South Africans to participate in celebrating National Water Week by being more cautious of how they use and conserve this precious resource. National Water Week, which took place in March, is an annual awareness campaign of the Department of Water Affairs that seeks to focus attention on water as a scarce and precious commodity in the country. According to the Department of Water Affairs, this year’s theme was Water is life – Respect it, Conserve it, Enjoy it. In the midst of an increasing water scarcity across many parts of the…
Rueil-Malmaison (France) – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, and KROHNE, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of solutions in industrial process instrumentation, today announced a partnership to provide customers with a complete solution including Schneider Electric’s PlantStruxure™ process automation architecture  and KROHNE’s instrumentation offer. Schneider Electric’s open system architecture and KROHNE’s customized instrumentation offer allows for easy integration of the complete solution, which enables customers to achieve increased energy efficiency, productivity, and process optimization. "We are building this partnership on the shared values of search for simplicity, drive for innovation and Voice of the Customer oriented developments. I…
The National Energy Barometer Survey invites participation in this year’s survey by registering before 25 July 2012. Supported by the Department of Energy’s Save It! campaign and the National Energy Efficiency Agency, the National Energy Barometer assesses all participants in each category’s energy bills—the average in industry then becomes the benchmark to which your building’s energy use can be compared to see whether it uses more or less energy than the industry average. “Knowing where your building ranks in your category allows you to make informed decisions on where to start with an energy efficiency strategy,” says Braam Dalgleish, project…
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) welcomes the launch of the country’s first public Wind Atlas. According to the association, it will aid decision-makers in recognising the undeniable scale of the potential wind resources in South Africa. The Verified Numerical Wind Atlas (VNWA) forms part of the Department of Energy’s initiative that is intended to accelerate the implementation of wind energy. It enables prospective wind-farm developers to obtain free modelled wind data from a dataset which has been verified with physical wind measurements spread across the modelled area. “Accurate wind data is an important part of choosing a good…
The South African Department of Energy recently named two projects developed by Windlab as preferred bidders in its renewable energy procurement programme. These projects represent 40% of the  560 MW of wind-energy capacity awarded in Window 2 of the programme. “This is another demonstration of Windlab’s ability to develop affordable renewable energy projects. Our success in South Africa is underpinned by our proprietary windscape technology,” said Roger Price, Windlab’s chief executive officer. “Our scientific approach to wind development allowed us to locate the strongest resource and then work with communities, environmental experts and commercial partners to bring these projects to…
South Africa approved 19 wind, solar and hydropower proposals in a second bidding round, increasing the cost of renewable-energy projects given the go-ahead to R73-billion ($8,8-billion) as the nation boosts cleaner energy. “The Department of Energy got 79 bids for 3 255 MW in this round and 51 met the qualification criteria,” Minister Dipuo Peters said in Pretoria recently. Among the winners were Tata Power Co. and Exxaro Resources Ltd. (EXX)’s Cennergi venture, as well as a group including Acciona SA and Aveng Ltd. “The total capacity on offer in this round was 1 275 MW,” Peters said. That is…
The start of operation of the Mabubas hydro-electric dam that was re-inaugurated in May is a gain for Angola, when looking at the electricity it will provide to the population. The Angolan Minister of State for Economic Coordination, Manuel Vicente, said during the ceremony of inauguration of the hydro-electric dam that he last visited the location 26 years ago. According to him, the dam remained out of service for 20 years and was restored thanks to the work done by the executive committee led by president José Eduardo dos Santos. Vicente said the province of Bengo and the country as…
An electric vehicle has begun an unassisted 5 000km journey from Nairobi, Kenya, to Johannesburg, South Africa, in an expedition designed to showcase the endurance of battery-powered vehicles and promote green energy usage. The driver, electric car campaigner Xavier Chevrin, left on 11 May after a send-off news conference at the Nairobi headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “We want to break the clichés of electric-powered vehicles and show that they have a range of uses,” Chevrin said. Without any back-up, Chevrin will head south through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana before finishing in Johannesburg in late June.…
Africa has the potential to become the next global energy hub, but for this to happen nearly 110 000 skilled workers are required, experts said in Johannesburg recently. Former African leaders and experts met at Wits University to talk about leadership and skills creation in the energy sector. The meeting came ahead of Africa Day. Charles Stith, director of the African Presidential Centre in the United States, said measures need to be taken to draw in and retain skills on the continent if it wants to make the most of the opportunity, as countries worldwide experience declining resources and are…
Rwanda is expected to increase allocations to infrastructure projects in the coming year, as the government steps up investment spending in the budget to be read mid next month. According to a draft budget framework paper for 2012/2013 that is expected to be presented to the parliament, infrastructure for transport and energy will receive 23,3% of the total budget, an increase of 25% over last year’s allocation. Key projects will include the rehabilitation and maintenance of feeder roads, increasing access to electricity and speeding up ongoing hydropower projects. This includes completion of the Kigali-Ruhengeri road (83,1km), expropriation and construction of…
Only through the provision of accurate energy data in real time will South Africa’s consumers and businesses be able to make the changes needed to move to a low-carbon economy. This is according to Kevin Jacobson, general manager of Business Indirect Sales at MTN. He talked about this at the opening session of the African Utility Week Conference in Johannesburg recently.   Jacobson said machine-to-machine (M2M) applications can provide vital alerts about energy supply and consumption, helping to prevent disruptions and lowering costs. He defined M2M as communication between any devices via a common network for a specific purpose. Such…
Iran and world powers agreed to meet again in Moscow next month for more talks to try to end the long-running dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme, but there was scant progress to resolve the main sticking points between the two sides. At the heart of the dispute is Iran’s insistence that it has the right to enrich uranium and that economic sanctions should be lifted before it stops activities that could lead to it achieving the capability to make nuclear weapons. Western powers insist that Tehran must first shut down enrichment activities before sanctions can be eased. Both sides have…
South Africa is looking to source more oil from Nigeria, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe said on 23 May. He said government in Pretoria is moving to cut crude imports from Iran to avoid looming United States sanctions. Africa’s biggest economy imports a quarter of its crude oil from Iran, but has come under western pressure to cut the shipments as part of sanctions designed to halt Tehran’s suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons. After several months of confusing and conflicting messages from the diplomatically non-aligned Pretoria, Motlanthe gave the clearest sign yet that South Africa is shopping around for alternative suppliers.…
Sasol officially inaugurated its R3,5-billion Thubelisha Shaft at the Twistdraai Colliery in Mpumalanga on 22 May. The shaft, situated in the north-east of the Secunda complex, will supply coal to Sasol Synfuels, the export and domestic market. The current Twistdraai Colliery shaft system has reached its economic limit and requires relocation of the shafts to the Thubelisha shaft. The new shaft will extend the life of the Twistdraai Colliery beyond 2039. Sasol Mining, the sole supplier of coal to Sasol Synfuels, entered the coal export market in 1995 with the establishment of Twistdraai East and West, together with the Twistdraai…
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed the announcement of the preferred bidders from the second window of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (IPP) Procurement Programme. The department received 79 renewable energy tenders with a total 3 233 MW of potential power generation during the second bidding window. The projects were located across all nine provinces and concentrated in the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape. The second window was heavily oversubscribed, with the response from IPPs well above the 1 275 MW allocated for the second window. The department allocated 650 MW…
The Fundamentals for Energy Training (FEMT) course developed by the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) was launched in Port Elizabeth recently. FEMT is an invaluable stepping stone to successful AEE Certification training as it offers the building blocks for persons who want to enter the energy field with no technical background, or those who need a refresher on the fundamentals of energy, or persons who specialise in one energy field, ie. electrical, and now need to embrace the other fields of thermal, chemical and mechanical energy. FEMT assists persons in preparing for Certified Energy Manager (CEM®) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA™)…
Philips Lighting and Somfy have partnered to provide a unique balance between natural and artificial light. By utilising occupancy sensor technology, the Philips Controls OccuSwitch DALI (sensor/load controller combined) and Somfy blind motor controllers, now work together to maximise comfort for building users and minimise energy usage for buildings owners and operators. The OccuSwitch DALI is designed to respond to occupancy and light levels to minimise energy consumption.The simple act of turning off lights can generate an energy savings of up to 55% for any vacant area. Adjusting the blinds via the Somfy motor controllers to optimise daylight harvesting will…
An announcement made this week of the preferred bidders for the second phase of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (REIPP) programme, demonstrates the South African government’s clear intention to forge ahead with this vital initiative. The award of preferred bidders in Phase II not only represents the next step in the country’s renewable energy journey, but also builds much needed momentum in the establishment of South Africa’s green economy. That’s according to Mike Peo, head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecoms at Nedbank Capital, which again served as investment partner to no fewer than 39% of the…
Energy efficiency has become entrenched as one of the core sustainability measures at the Nedbank Group which is also one of the premier supporters of the 49M campaign, aimed at getting all South Africans to reduce electricity consumption and live more energy efficient lifestyles. As Africa’s first carbon neutral financial services organisation, Nedbank has significantly reduced its own electricity consumption over the past few years through a wide range of measures including the installation of energy efficient air conditioners and lighting, motion sensors and optimisation of information technology servers. The group estimates that around 75% of its carbon footprint is…
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided US$143-million as a loan, in addition to a grant of US$17,2-million, for the development of the first phase of what is aimed to be a 400 MW geothermal power station in the Menengai steam field. This plant, which targets connection to the grid as early as 2016, represents a public private partnership (PPP) project. Overall the Menengai field has the potential to generate 1 600 MW of power. Exploration has shown Kenya’s geothermal potential to be over 7 000 MW and the country’s government has a target of having 5 000 MW of…
Electricity demand in Botswana is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4,6% from 2011 to 2020, following robust economic growth and increasing rural electrification. It is further estimated that about $750-million will be invested in the Botswana electricity industry within the next five years. Such investments will be critical, as power imports from South Africa, which supplied 68% of Botswana’s power needs in 2011, will stop from 2013 onwards in an attempt by the latter to address its domestic power supply deficit. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that Botswana’s electricity industry is expected…
The oil giant Shell agreed to buy Cove Energy for £1,12-billion to get access to East  Africa’s huge gas reserves, as analysts claimed a bid auction still loomed for the target company. Directors of the Mozambique-focused energy explorer recommended the offer from Shell, which matched rather than trumped an earlier rival bid from the Thai state-controlled oil firm PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP). Analysts said British-Dutch Shell was hoping its global reputation and expertise would carry the day, but a spokesman for the Thai firm said: “PTTEP is currently considering its options and will make a further announcement as and…
Knowledge is power. A new South African wind atlas has been drawn up in a bid to reduce the number of birds killed by the spinning blades of wind turbines. The atlas of sensitive bird areas has been drawn up by bird experts from the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Birdlife International. The two conservation groups said they recognised that wind energy posed lesser environmental risks than coal-fired power stations, yet wind turbines still pose serious risks for several bird species. They are urging companies to learn from the experience in other countries and try to locate new local wind farms…
The World Energy Council (WEC) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on the development of a comprehensive survey on the costs of new, renewable and conventional energy technologies. The study will build on the WEC’s existing flagship Survey of Energy Resources, the prime compilation of global energy resources and reserves. Since 1934 the WEC’s survey has provided the core data used by many other compilers of energy information, such as the United Nations, the International Energy Agency and the energy company BP for its Statistical Review of World Energy. The new report, entitled…
A new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) warns that Japan risks jeopardising its energy security if it turns its back on nuclear power. The WEF report, New Energy Architecture: Enabling an Effective Transition, looks at the readiness of 124 individual countries for a transition to the sustainable and secure energy architecture required to harness economic growth. “Whether rationalising and reorganising mature energy systems, capitalising on significant hydrocarbon resources, growing energy supply to support economic expansion or striving to access basic energy resources at affordable prices, countries will have to deal with trade-offs and difficult choices,” the report notes.…
The Uganda government is set to construct two hubs within the Albertine region to feed the proposed oil refinery in Buseruka, Hoima district. Plans are in an advanced stage to set up a $1-billion facility to refine the oil after the government put a caveat on exportation of crude that would produce 60 000 barrels of oil per day. A northern hub with a 97km heated pipeline is set to be constructed to evacuate oil from Kasamene, Jobi-1, Nsoga, and other oil wells in the north. A second southern hub with a 46km heated pipeline will also be constructed to…
The federal government of Nigeria said on 23 April that it would build two emergency power plants in Lagos to ensure adequate power supply in the state. President Goodluck Jonathan described Lagos as the commercial hub of Nigeria and said it required adequate power supply to impact more on the nation’s growth. “We know that the issue of power cannot be solved by the federal government alone. And there are many investment opportunities that abound in the power sector,” he adds. “For this reason, we have privatised the power sector. And we further focus on creating an enabling environment for…
A unique private energy company is expected to produce a massive 16 GW of energy-generation capacity projects in southern Africa by 2025. Cennergi, a joint venture between South Africa’s mining group Exxaro and India’s largest private power utility, Tata Power, already runs five renewables projects in the Northern Cape, Limpopo, Eastern and Western Cape. The new partnership will be particularly targeting the expanding energy markets in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Thomas Garner, chief executive officer of Cennergi, says the company already submitted solar and wind bids for the second bidding round under South Africa’s renewable energy Independent Power Producer…
The Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, led a South African delegation to Ghana in April to elevate the level of cooperation in energy security and energy-related technology. The South African Ministers of Energy, Dipuo Peters, and Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, as well as International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim were part of the delegation. Their visit played a vital role in solidifying relations with Ghana. Ghana’s petroleum industry is still in its infancy stages, with production being started in 2010. According to sources, South Africa is looking at supplies from new oil markets to maintain its…
This Earth Day, Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet project highlights 15 sustainable agricultural practices that are protecting the environment while also improving people's livelihoods. Washington, D.C.----For the last 40 years, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to call attention to some of our most pressing environmental and social problems, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and dwindling natural resources. This year, the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet (www.NourishingthePlanet.org) highlights 15 agricultural innovations that are already working on the ground to address some of those problems.   "Agriculture provides food for all of us and income for more than 1 billion…
Bristling with kit, the new Toyota Prius also adds value for money to the package As Toyota plans to introduce full hybrid technology across its core model ranges, it continues to refine the quality, performance and owner-appeal of Prius, still the world’s best-known and best-selling hybrid vehicle. In 2012 guise, the third-generation Prius is now an even an even stronger proposition thanks to a rationalisation of the range which means that in its latest incarnation, the 1.8 CVT Exclusive is also a bargain. As ever, the appeal of Prius is underpinned by its outstanding efficiency: it continues to deliver 89g/km…
Global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric, has announced that its Energy University now caters to almost 100,000 users worldwide and experienced an impressive 73 percent growth in traffic in 2011, exceeding the company’s expectations and positioning it well to reach its 2012 objectives. “The Schneider Electric Energy University is a vendor neutral, educational community that provides the fundamentals needed to implement successful energy-efficient solutions scaling various applications. In South Africa, 451 members registered with the university in 2011, an increase from 290 in 2010,” says Carl Kleynhans, country president at Schneider Electric South Africa. To better serve industries’ interested…
Prof LJ Grobler, SAEE Board President opened the SAEE Eastern Cape Energy Efficiency Conference in Port Elizabeth on Thursday 19 April 2012. This event, made possible by the generous sponsorship from Eskom, marked the launch of the SAEE Eastern Cape Branch and the 10th Anniversary of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Association (SAEE). The organization began 10 years ago with the view to provide opportunities for the various stakeholders to meet, debate and discuss issues around energy efficiency and has progressed to an organization that serves key roles in the certification and accreditation as well as facilitating the training of…
Electric vehicles, such as Nissan’s Leaf version, are growing more an more attractive each day. With the rising cost of gas, any American who drives is sure to cringe when they take the dreaded trip to the gas station. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn hopes to help out a bit. His goal? That electric cars will be 10% of the car sales market in 2020. Currently, there are 11,000 Nissan Leaf vehicles on the road in the U.S., and 27,000 worldwide. In order for Ghosn to succeed, these cars will need to be made more widely available, and most likely less…
(Bonn/Pretoria, 16 April 2012) – H.E. Ms. Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, and the President of the UN Climate Change Conference held in Durban, South Africa last year (COP 17/CMP 7), has announced the appointment of Mr. Zaheer Fakir (South Africa) and Mr. Georg Børsting (Norway) as co-Chairs of a work programme on long-term climate finance. In the context of meaningful mitigation and adaptation actions and transparency on implementation, industrialized countries have committed to a goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion per year by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries. In Durban, governments…
Absa signed a deal with the French Development Agency recently to obtain 40-million euros. The money will be used to finance green projects in South Africa that subscribe to energy-efficiency and using clean energy technologies. Absa has signed an agreement with the French Development Agency (FDA) to offer loan finance to the value of 40-million euros to companies with commercially viable clean energy or energy-efficient projects. The finance includes a concessional benefit which will be passed on to clients with qualifying projects. According to the statistics, Absa has already provided R8,3-billion worth of credit commitments  for renewable energy projects. Marcel…
Research and Markets has released its report on Kenya’s energy mix, Kenya Power Report Q2 2012. In the report geothermal energy takes the spotlight. According to Research and Markets, Kenya’s power sector is continuing to introduce a more diversified energy generation capability. Although hydropower generation remains vulnerable to drought and variations in rainfall, additional hydro facilities are being developed in order to reduce the country’s dependence on costly oil-fired capacity. In the five years from 2011 to 2016, Kenya’s overall power generation is expected to increase by an annual average of 7,23% to reach 10,76 TWh. Driving this growth will…
Research and Markets has released its report on Kenya’s energy mix, Kenya Power Report Q2 2012. In the report geothermal energy takes the spotlight. According to Research and Markets, Kenya’s power sector is continuing to introduce a more diversified energy generation capability. Although hydropower generation remains vulnerable to drought and variations in rainfall, additional hydro facilities are being developed in order to reduce the country’s dependence on costly oil-fired capacity. In the five years from 2011 to 2016, Kenya’s overall power generation is expected to increase by an annual average of 7,23% to reach 10,76 TWh. Driving this growth will…
Compared to other renewable energy technologies, the sheer multiplicity of wave, tidal and hydrokinetic power devices indicates that the potential for generating power from the world’s oceans and rivers is considerable. There are more than 100 different marine and hydrokinetic devices currently being developed, tested and deployed by various companies. According to a recent Pike Research report and the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, it is estimated that as much as 10% of the US power needs could be met from these unconventional hydropower resources. There are several technologies available that can be used to harvest power from water. One of…
The shale gas opportunity in the Karoo could significantly boost South Africa’s economy and create thousands of jobs. This is according to an economic report released by Econometrix, the country’s largest independent macro-economic consulting firm. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the shale gas reserve in the southern Karoo area is estimated at around 485 tcf, which would make it the fifth-largest shale gas field in the world.  To measure the potential impact of shale gas development on the South African economy, Econometrix created an economic impact model to estimate the likely impact of shale gas production. The…
The Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, said in March that the lower electricity price increases from 1 April 2012 were the result of a combined effort by the government and Eskom to lessen the impact of higher electricity tariffs on consumers and the economy without compromising Eskom’s ability to keep the lights on and ensure its long-term financial sustainability. The electricity industry regulator, NERSA, announced earlier that it had approved electricity tariff increases averaging 16% from April this year, a steep reduction from the 25,9% originally approved. This reduction has been enabled by concessions by the government as Eskom’s…
This weekend the federal government of Nigeria and GE Energy signed a memorandum of understanding for $10-billion to be invested in various power plants with a combined capacity of 10 000 MW. The Minister of Power, Prof Barth Nnaji, insisted that the cost had not been padded or inflated in any way, as globally it costs $100-million to generate 1 000 MW of electricity. At the agreement signing at the Nigerian High Commission in London, Prof Nnaji told journalists that GE Energy agreed to take up at least 15% equity in each of the plants to be constructed. He noted…
The recent release of the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA), a joint project by various big institutions, will facilitate the development of renewable energy in South Africa. Barbara Thompson, Deputy Minister of Energy, said at the launch of the new wind atlas that wind is one of many resources our country is endowed with. “It’s our quest to ensure energy security for this country.”  Resource-rich areas, like the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces, have been identified as optimal sites for the development of wind turbines. “The existence of a comprehensive and accurate meso-scale wind atlas, which is freely…
The South African-based diversified resources company Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro) and The Tata Power Company Limited (Tata Power) of India, through its subsidiary Khopoli Investments, have formed a 50/50 joint venture to create a new energy company, Cennergi (Pty) Limited (Cennergi). Cennergi, which will be based in South Africa, will focus on the investigation of feasibility, development, ownership, operation, maintenance, acquisition and management of electricity generation projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The initial project pipeline focuses on renewable energy projects in South Africa and the new company’s strategy is to create a balanced portfolio of generation assets. “Cennergi…
The City of Cape Town will soon start a unique pilot project which will allow three domestic households to feed their excess electricity, created from renewable energy sources, back into the city’s grid. The project will run on a net metering basis without any actual financial transaction taking place. Instead, the households will receive one free unit of electricity for each unit fed into the grid. A project of this nature has never been attempted before in South Africa. One of the participants is retiree Dr Anthony Keen, who has made renewable energy solutions for his household a lifelong passion.…
In his State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma committed his government to addressing the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Nowhere will these be more objectively measured than at the upcoming RIO+20, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the summit a rigorous process will require politicians to review progress in addressing the growing and interrelated problems of a world under threat from pollution, water shortages, depleting resources and overcrowded cities. Dr Ruth Rabinowitz, director of MamaEarth, an organisation that promotes healthy people on a healthy planet, says Zuma did not offer practical solutions…
Nuclear programmes continue worldwide, but international governance on nuclear safety still requires action. One year after the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi, the World Energy Council (WEC) published a study that analyses the impact of the accident on national nuclear energy plans worldwide. The report, “World energy perspective: nuclear energy one year after Fukushima”, finds that little has changed, especially in respect of the future utilisation of nuclear in the energy mix. This was revealed in the data analysed by the study group. The report also notes that little has changed in respect of improving global governance of the nuclear…
Global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric South Africa has teamed up with the French Ministry of Education and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to launch a centre aimed at developing programmes to train technicians and higher technicians in the fields of energy, electricity and maintenance of automated systems. Named the French-South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC), the new facility is in line with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s vision of accelerating artisan training across the country and will focus on preparing young South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds for the job market. The first intake of…
Autokraft, an AutoZone brand, has made available a mini 12 volt, 6 amp portable battery charger. The lightweight charger can be used for recharging car batteries, workshop machinery and battery-powered tools.  AutoZone has technical staff available at its branches to assist with queries relating to AutoZone products. Technical queries can be answered seven days a week, from 7am to 7pm. For more information or to locate the nearest store contact AutoZone on toll free: 0800 200 990, visit their website www.autozone.co.za on the mobi site http://autozonesa.mobi.   About AutoZone AutoZone is the largest privately owned automotive parts retailer and wholesaler in…
Green leasing, which sees building owners and tenants introduce sustainable practices into building operations to mutual advantage, has taken off internationally. In South Africa, however, awareness of the concept is just filtering through to larger organisations. With the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) about to release its first Green Leasing guide and toolkit early in 2012 -- and our energy bills scheduled to go up again by 25 percent next year -- Johnson Controls  Energy Solutions takes a closer look at the challenges and opportunities. Says Karl van Eck, Regional General Manager: Johnson Controls Energy Solutions Africa: “Green…
The robust growth in electricity demand has underlined the need for a significant expansion in future generation and transmission capacity in Morocco. This is creating considerable investment opportunities for private sector participation. Surging demand and a strong need to reduce dependency from expensive coal and oil imports, have motivated the recent development of the renewable energy sector. The Moroccan electricity market has been growing steadily at nearly 6-8 per cent annually in the last ten years, following vigorous economic development and the implementation of a very successful rural electrification programme. This trend is expected to continue at about 5-7 per…
The municipal waste management company Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR) and BASF have successfully completed a joint pilot project involving the use of organic waste bags made of the biodegradable plastic Ecovio®  FS. In September 2011, more than 21,000 households in the districts of Prenzlauer Berg and Hellersdorf each received a test package with 10 organic waste bags. Moreover, 3700 households in Hellersdorf were additionally given a pre-sorting kitchen container to make it easier to collect organic waste. Approximately 80% of the residents surveyed were satisfied with the bags for collecting the organic waste. Incorrect disposal, in other words, the number of…
The carbon tax details supplied in the Budget announcement by Pravin Gordhan indicates a move away from a proxy-based carbon tax system.  This has been welcomed by the industry. It was proposed in the original discussion paper that a proxy tax could be levied according to the carbon content of fossil fuels.  This would take the form of a fuel input tax. “Such a system would decouple the point of payment of the tax from the point of consumption, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the tax in changing the behaviour of the tax payer,” says Robbie Louw, a director of…
Inadequate policies and regulations, rather than a lack of funding, is the main reason for Africa's failure to exploit its huge renewable energy potential, according to Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency. His comments came at the launch of a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report in Kenya, at the 12th special session of the governing council this week (20-22 February). The event also marked the African launch of the UN's International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. The report, 'Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa', discusses how to…
“Current electricity tariffs in South Africa are not cost-effective” Rising energy prices and an ever-increasing pressure to conform to international environmental and climate change demands. These are some of the main challenges facing big industry in South Africa, according to Barry Bredenkamp, senior manager: Energy Efficiency at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). He is one of several of the continent’s foremost power experts who will be addressing large power users at the African Utility Week (AUW) conference and exhibition to be held in Johannesburg in May. Energy costs “When we speak about rising energy costs, it is…
From 27th to 29th February 2011, scientists from all over the world will gather in Libreville as Gabon hosts the 3rd Africa Water Cycle Symposium.   This symposium, organised by the GEO (Group on Earth Observations - an international organisation bringing together space agencies from several countries around the world), UNESCO, the University of Tokyo and AGEOS (the Gabonese Spatial Study and Observation Agency), will address the use of satellite imagery as a way of managing water resources in Africa.   Several international and national organisations will take part in this three-day meeting, including space agencies from South Africa, Ghana…
Over 170 top commercial fleet representatives, industry leaders and transportation policy makers discussed future of road freight sector in Europe Last week Goodyear Europe hosted an event that saw over 170 of the continent’s top commercial fleet representatives, industry leaders and transportation policy makers attend a one-day symposium in Brussels designed to open a wider debate on increased demand for more fuel efficiency from Euro’s road freight sector. The symposium was built on a newly introduced report called “Driving fleet fuel efficiency: The Road to 2020“. The report predicts how fleets will cope with cutting CO2 and increasing fuel efficiency…
The continent needs to find new ways to finance energy projects as it seeks to massively expand access to electricity in the wake of the global financial crisis.According to an AFP report, bankers and industry insiders told the Africa Energy Indaba conference that the public-private partnership (PPP) model for building and operating expensive infrastructure like power plants will no longer work as international banks shy away from long-term loans.Africa’s governments are desperate to roll out more major power projects. According to the International Energy Agency, 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, compared to 20% worldwide.…
The KwaZulu Natal government has intensified its drive to become a leading force in the creation of a greener economy. The provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism hosted its first Green Economy Research Conference at the Durban International Convention Centre, with the aim of exploring opportunities to upscale economic activities that promote sustainability while protecting the environment.Frikkie Brooks from the KZN Planning Commission said the province had put plans in place for a growth and development strategy for 2030 that would push to achieve seven goals around a green economy. Job creation, environmental sustainability and human and community development…
Exxaro Resources, South Africa’s second-largest coal miner, is moving ahead with plans to generate clean energy. The company has established a joint venture called Cennergi with an undisclosed third party and is planning five renewable energy projects, two solar and three wind projects.This joint venture would submit tenders under the Department of Energy’s (DoE) request for qualification and proposals for new generation capacity in the second bidding window which closes on March 5. In total, the DoE was seeking to procure 3 725MW of renewable energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) between 2012 and 2016. The first bidding window…
The Sustainable Energy Society in Southern Africa (SESSA) appointed the society’s treasurer, Theo Covary, as its acting chief executive officer (CEO).According to SESSA chairman, Henning Holm, the position was created at the end of last year after a review of the year’s achievements highlighted a need for a more conventionally structured organisation.Among Covary’s first tasks will be determining members’ commitment to the organisation, assigning value to the role SESSA plays in the industry and mapping out a way forward that takes cognisance of the office’s mandate and budgets.“The repressed economy and industry-cum-market uncertainties have made for very difficult trading conditions…
South Africa’s government will potentially be spending more than R600-billion rand ($78-billion) on nuclear plants, another coal-fired plant and a hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These projects will help stave off power shortages in Africa’s largest economy.Bloomberg reported that proposals to spend R300-billion on nuclear plants with the capacity to generate 9 600 megawatts of energy by 2029 are in the “final stages of consideration”.The government may also build a R111-billion coal-fired plant, in addition to the Medupi and Kusile plants under construction by state-owned utility Eskom. The National Treasury has allocated R844,5-billion to energy, transport, housing,…
If you’re interested in Africa and global trends in the 21st century, Duncan Clarke will be launching his new book, Africa’s Future: Darkness to Destiny, at the Global Pacific and Partners’ Africa Economic Forum 2012. His book explores Africa’s economic evolution and how its modern and archaic economies coexist uneasily today. Modern Africa developed diverse economic pathways to betterment, yet survivalist economies litter the landscape. Clarke provides fresh and challenging insights into Africa’s economies and future. “It is not poor but poorly managed,” he says. We just have to unlock the potential of Africa to prevent its history from becoming…
Madagascar is aiming to plug its energy gap and reduce its carbon emissions by encouraging a major investment in large-scale wind-turbines, the country's interim president, Andry Rajoelina, has announced.“An additional 50 megawatts (from wind power) could be available by the end of the year,” he said last month. Unofficial figures put the cost of the initiative at US$80-million.To push the wind project forward, a special unit has been established in the office of the president, and the government will halve taxes in the 2012/13 financial year on imported equipment such as rotors for wind turbines to attract private sector involvement.…
Nigeria renewed ExxonMobil licenses for another 20 years in February on three oil blocks which together produce 500,000 b/d. The blocks are in oil mining leases 67, 68 and 70. “I am delighted that after a somewhat lengthy process with both parties, that the government and people of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. and ExxonMobil joint venture, have arrived at what they consider a mutually fair agreement in which to work together for another 20 years,” oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke said at the signing in Abuja.State-owned NNPC managing director Austin Oniwon said the government is likely to renew…
Opening up energy markets to private sector investment through the introduction of smart government policies will be the key to unlocking Africa’s massive renewable energy potential, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In doing so, millions can be lifted out of poverty and the sustainable development potential of the continent far sooner realized the report states. It was released at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, to mark the Africa launch of the United Nations 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. This UN system-wide initiative aims to bring about concrete action to achieve…
African energy leaders see energy prices, energy poverty, and instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to be the most important critical uncertainties in Africa’s energy sector, according to the newly released African survey of the World Energy Issues Monitor, published by the World Energy Council (WEC).The survey is the first ever WEC assessment of the outlook on the African energy sector amongst African energy leaders. It provides an insight into the issues affecting energy in the African continent, identifying the key uncertainties while highlighting the areas where action is required to ensure the sustainable supply and…
Everybody and anybody involved in the energy industry cannot afford to miss the Africa Energy Indaba which is taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from February 21 to 23. Speakers will discuss topics such as the real renewable technologies options for Africa, to what extent energy regulation is hinder African development and how do we ensure energy security.Which renewable technologies are the real options for Africa? To what extent is energy regulation hindering or enabling African development? How do we prioritise energy security for economic development? These are the questions speakers will be tackling at this year’s Africa Energy…
JOHANNESBURG / ROTTERDAM - Apart from curbing South Africa’s gigantic carbon footprint and being a reliable and cost-effective source of power, solar energy will create thousands and thousands of much-needed jobs if the government plays its cards right. “The South African government plans to eventually install 1450 Megawatt (MW) of solar PV through the initial RE IPP program before 2014. According to international research, every MW of solar generates 30 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs of which less than 10 for production. The installation phase of plants alone would lead to at least 29.000 jobs (FTE),” says Edwin Koot, CEO of…
The Climate Change Leadership Awards (CCLA) will opened for entries in August, 2011. This is the third year of the competition and the CCLA is hoping to reach out to an even greater number of people and companies to widen the circle of climate change responsibility. Individuals, schools, local municipalities and companies are encouraged to enter on www.ccla.co.za.Due to extensive interest from local government in previous years the CCLA is also pleased to announce the creation of a new sector, Local Municipalities, for those local government agencies that measure, report, and engage the community on their carbon emissions. The CCLA…
EIA calls on EU to eliminate one of the ‘big six’ greenhouse gasesThe Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling on the European Union (EU) to phase out fluorinated greenhouse gases – commonly referred to as F-gases – by 2020.EIA’s new position paper End in Sight: Phasing Out Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases shows that with simple revisions to the F-Gas Regulation, currently under review, Europe could eliminate the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a family of potent greenhouse gases hundreds to thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide.HFCs are chemicals used largely in refrigeration and air conditioning. They currently comprise approximately two…
Toyota Motor Europe (TME) was confirmed as the automotive industry leader with lowest CO2 emissions in the recently published 2010 final report by the European Commission and European Environmental Agency. The fleet-wide CO2 average for TME was 112.2 g/km (comprising both Toyota and Lexus vehicles), well below the industry average of 140 g/km and some 16 g/km ahead of the Commission’s 128.35 g/km target for TME.The recent results form an integral part of the Commission’s aims for lowering CO2 emissions. As a first-of-its-kind report, the 2010 and 2011 results will be used as indicators for the automotive industry to determine…
Replacing that insured faulty or burst electric geyser could set many South Africans on the path to solar power and considerable household savings if they happen to be insured with Standard Bank.Recognising that traditional electric geysers are responsible for up to 50% of monthly household electricity bills, Standard Bank Insurance is offering customers holding homeowners’ policies with the bank the opportunity to emerge from an ‘electric geyser crisis’ and enter the solar era, says Denise Shaw, managing director of Standard Bank Insurance Services.“We understand that many of our customers are cautious about moving from traditional electric water heating to solar…
January 9, 2012: Momar Nguer has been appointed Senior Vice President, Africa/Middle East at Total Supply & Marketing.On December 15, 2011, Momar Nguer was appointed Senior Vice President, Africa/Middle East at Total Supply & Marketing. He succeeded Alain Champeaux who left his operational responsibilities after a career of 35 years within the Group.Mr. Nguer had been Vice President, Aviation Fuel since February 2007.He began his career in 1982 in Hewlett Packard France’s Finance Department. He joined Total in 1984, serving in various Downstream positions.After a period at Total Africa’s headquarters, he was named Vice President, Marketing at Total Senegal in…
As Africa rises out of poverty, affordable and accessible energy becomes to sustain this development. Equally, Africa needs the developed world to invest in climate change technology and projects which will allow it to develop at an increased pace without placind additional pressures on the green house gas emission levels. “What the developed world is failing to understand is that Africa’s development means a higher demand for energy,” says Shaun Nel, Programme Director of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG).The eradication of poverty in Africa will result in a higher demand for goods such as washing machines and mobile telephony…
The greening of the South African economy has the potential to create more than 460 000 new direct jobs by 2025, according to the Green Jobs report released earlier today by the IDC, DBSA and TIPS. Speaking at the launch, Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, emphasised the green economy’s importance as a lever to grow local industrial capacity and create sustainable jobs. The greening of an economy can present substantial opportunities for the creation of sustainable employment through the introduction of new activities in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. “The experience of several advanced and emerging countries that…
Honourable Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr. Zweli Mkhize; Executive Mayor of the City of Ethekwini, Councillor James Nxumalo;Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Councillor Kgosientso Ramakgopa; Chairperson of the Friends of Environment, General Bantu Holomisa,Managing Director of BMW South Africa, Mr. Bodo DonauerLadies and Gentlemen;It fills me with a great pride to be with you this afternoon, while our negotiators are engaged in the climate change talks - COP 17. The South African government is alive to the fact that we must all work together as be part of the international quest that seeks to address climate change at a…
Durban – 1 December 2011 – In advance of the COP17 in Durban, the South African government released its National Climate Change Response White Paper, in which it has affirmed its intention to implement a regulation on carbon emissions. Indeed, national emissions per capita are among the highest in the world, with 90% of South Africa’s electricity being generated from coal. In light of this, the government has committed to a 34% reduction of net emissions levels by 2020, thereby forcing the reduction of emissions to the forefront of business agendas across the country. To ensure the efficacy of the…
The quality of life in the fields of health, hygiene, nutrition, computing, communications and many more areas has improved for the worlds 7 billion people as a result of a wide variety of chemical based products. However, while chemicals extend our life expectancy and make carrying out our daily activities a lot easier, there are risks that chemicals pose to people and the environment which is why it is very important to use them correctly and responsibly. Product stewardship is the chemical industry’s key mechanism for managing the health, safety and environmental aspects of chemicals throughout their life cycle and…
Save the online snowman from melting and raise your voice against climate changeClimate change concerns us all. The Netherlands is passionate about the fight against global warming and it therefore actively supports the UNFCCC negotiations and is hopeful of a positive outcome of the Durban COP17. To contribute towards the debate, the Netherlands launched a social media campaign to invite people to interact around this theme. A digital snowman has been created on www.savethesnowman.co.za. The snowman will live or melt based on the input from the public, who are able to control the temperature via social media platforms such as…
As the pressure grows to act on climate change and to assist policymakers to focus their efforts in meeting global energy needs, the World Energy Council (WEC) has published its 2011 Assessment of Country Energy and Climate Policies, which includes the annual global Energy Sustainability Index.Over the past three years, this unique ranking has examined over 60 data sets to provide a detailed analysis of 92 countries’ energy and climate policies and sets out their ability to provide a stable, affordable and environmentally-sensitive energy system.The report also highlights where policymakers can make a difference and helps them to create better…
Scientists from Wits University’s Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis (Comps) and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) have developed new technology that can produce liquid fuel, electricity, waxes and paraffin from agricultural and solid municipal waste.The modular unit, known as the BeauTi-FueL project, was developed by an all-South African team and has a negative carbon footprint. This R5-million (US$590 000) pilot plant will be showcased at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban. Dr Michaela Vrey from Comps explains that the development team modified existing technology to process a solid waste feedstock. The unit was designed with a…
While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun’s rays.Instead of systems based on standard solar panels, Duke engineer Nico Hotz proposes a hybrid option in which sunlight heats a combination of water and methanol in a maze of glass tubes on a rooftop. After two catalytic reactions, the system produces hydrogen much more efficiently than current technology without significant impurities. The resulting hydrogen can be stored and used on demand in fuel cells. For his…
Lesotho has signed a $15-billion renewable energy deal with a South African company in the country’s largest-ever private investment. According to a statement by Johannesburg-based Harrison & White Investments, the project aims to harness the natural resources of wind and water in Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains to produce power that will be used by both Lesotho and South Africa. The Lesotho Highlands Power Project (LHPP) will generate 6 000 megawatts of wind power and 4 000 megawatts of hydropower, which is equivalent to nearly one quarter of South Africa’s total current energy supply. “The scheme will create 25 000 jobs over…
South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo have signed an agreement to build a major hydroelectric power project, which is said to bring electricity to more than half of the continent’s 900-million people. According to allAfrica.com, economic analysts warn that foreign investors will prevent the grid from benefiting the general public.South African president Jacob Zuma witnessed the signing of a deal to construct the Grand Inga Dam on 12 November. Grand Inga will be built 225 kilometres southwest of the DRC capital Kinshasa, on one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Inga Falls. Here the Congo River…
Uganda won the first round of the battle between them and Heritage Oil and Gas Ltd after the Tax Appeals Tribunal decided in the government’s favour pertaining a $435-million oil tax transaction. After a three-hour session by the tribunal, it was upheld that the transaction was taxable and the amount ($434,9m) assessed by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) remains the same.“This is a landmark victory, not only for the URA, but for Uganda as a country. We have now set the standard for future transactions such as this one to be taxable in Uganda,” Paul Kyeyune, manager of the public…
Sasol recently released its 12th external report on the company’s sustainability performance. This report documents Sasol’s sustainable development performance for the period from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 and forms part of the company’s integrated reporting process. The company also keeps its stakeholders informed with the release of its annual integrated report, which provides a concise review of the company strategy, governance practices and performance on financial, social and environmental issues. In the annual financial statements, the review by Christine Ramon, Sasol’s chief financial officer, once again includes a considered assessment of the impact of broader societal trends…
The Minister of Public Enterprises and Eskom launched a solar photovoltaic installation at its Lethabo power station in the first stage of a pilot project. The project is designed to introduce renewable energy sources to supply power for internal use at Eskom’s coal-fired power stations. In doing so, it will reduce the company’s carbon footprint by approximately 2 845 tons per annum. Eskom has a long-term strategy to reduce its carbon footprint. The immediate priority is to reduce emissions at its existing fleet of power stations. The solar PV project forms a significant part of this strategy. Lessons learned at…
“South Africa faces a real risk of tight energy supply until 2020, and needs to accelerate its search for alternative power sources,” says National Planning Commission adviser Anton Eberhard.“The growing importance of gas as a cleaner energy option than the coal that South Africa depends on for about 90% of its energy needs means that the country would have to look at its policy and regulatory framework,” he says. Eberhard says there is a need for a regulatory framework to ensure the private sector has enough room to show what they can do.Coal-fuelled power stations are the source of heavy…
The SAEE Energy Company of the Year Award was presented to Energywise Systems Magnet Electrical Supplies, which is based in KwaZulu-Natal, at the Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency’s (SAEE) awards ceremony recently. The awards ceremony formed part of the official annual SAEE banquet, which marked the opening of the 6th Southern African Energy-Efficiency Convention (SAEEC 2011) and Exhibition, which was held at Emperors Palace on 16 November 2011. Not only did Energywise shine as Energy Company of the Year, but it also won the award for the best single exhibition stand at the SAEEC 2011 for its interactive hands-on display…
The KwaDabeka Community Residential Units (CRU) Energy Efficiency and Hot Water Pilot Project was officially launched this week by eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo, with community leaders and councillors on hand to celebrate the occasion. The launch forms part of the eThekwini Municipality’s COP17 greening project plan. Following a building mapping exercise earlier in the year it was found that Community Residential Units (formerly known as hostels), constituted the highest percentage of electricity usage of all the buildings categories managed by the eThekwini Municipality. The aim of the pilot project is to investigate energy efficiency lighting and hot water…
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa has welcomed the approval of the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) by Cabinet on 09 November 2011 for implementation. The NWMS is a legislative requirement of the National Environmental Management : Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008) that aims to achieve the objects of the Waste Act.Minister Molewa described the development of the Strategy as an important milestone in the process of implementing the Waste Act and in establishing an integrated approach to waste management across government and our broader society. The Minister said that South Africa faces…
The Climate Train will depart Pretoria tonight to Limpopo – halfway through its month-long journey to COP17 in Durban.Rural communities and marginalized voices are the key targets of the unique environmental education programmes along the route.Tomorrow, the train will be parked at Naboomspruit all day, departing for Polokwane in the evening.After two days at Polokwane Station, the train would journey north to Louis Trichardt, where it will spend three days to facilitate a special outreach to rural areas.The train returns to Johannesburg early next Sunday, where a full programme of round table discussions and community engagements would unfold over two…
SNCF, Orange, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Total have joined forces to create Ecomobilité Ventures, Europe’s first investment structure led by a group of industrial companies and dedicated to sustainable mobility. A total of €30 million will be used to invest in innovative young companies.For SNCF, Orange, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Total, the objective is to contribute to the emergence of a new mobility ecosystem that transcends traditional industry boundaries. The creation of new forms of sustainable mobility—driven by fast-changing practices and technologies—requires a synergistic mix of knowledge and skills. Combining the innovation capacity of vibrant young companies with the experience…
Across Africa, countries are struggling to meet the increasing demand for electricity in energy sectors characterised by severe supply constraints. Uganda is no different in this respect. Despite its flagship 250MW Bujagali hydropower plant getting geared to produce power in early 2012, experts are already looking to cope with a post-Bujagali period of similar supply-side pressures. Uganda’s high profile 600MW Karuma hydropower plant that will also be constructed to boost their energy capacity is not expected to be operational until 2018/19. This is why small renewable power projects in Africa should play an important role to increase access to energy…
Andrew Gilder, director at IMBEWU Sustainability Legal SpecialistsLodewijk Nell, Director Consultancy at EcoMetrix AfricaBrett Jordaan, Vice President Evolution Markets (with responsibility for Africa)Carbon investment from the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has opened the door to flows of foreign investment and ongoing sustainable development initiatives in South Africa. There are currently 19 registered CDM projects in South Africa – and over 100 waiting for registration and approval – that earn Certified Emissions Reductions (CERS - a type of “carbon credit” that developed countries use to comply with part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol). While the…
South Africa will fight for a more focused approach to adaptive climate change strategies and actions at the UNFCCC‘s COP17 climate change negotiations, which will be held in the first week of December in Durban. Dr Sylvester Mpandeli of the South African Multi-Sector Climate Change Working Group for the Department of Environmental Affairs told the audience at a recent National Business Initiative (NBI) seminar on climate change that Africa has a low adaptive capacity to deal with changes. “Africa is more susceptible to climate change because of the limited resources to deal with the effects of changes in climatic conditions,”…
A staggering amount of entries received for the eta Awards this year is testament to the prominence that energy-efficiency and environmental issues have across various South African sectors. This is the opinion of Dr Steve Lennon, divisional executive (Eskom International), after the eta Awards attracted a record number of entries this year. Announcing the winners at the awards evening, which was held on 9 November, Dr Lennon said it was encouraging to see the high standard of entries that were received from all sectors of South African business, industry, commerce and the private sector. “Interest in the eta Awards, which…
A giant natural gas discovery off the coast of Mozambique could transform the country’s power mix and help to supply Asian power plants.“The scale of the find at the first exploratory well in the Mamba South area in offshore Area 4 could justify building up to three liquefier plants in the country, each at a cost of $5-billion,” said the chief executive officer of Eni, Paolo Scaroni.“Mozambique will become another province of gas,” he said. “I don’t go as far as saying another Qatar, but something extremely relevant.”“The Italian group will build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in the…
The Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficiency (ECREEE) has launched three projects to address the renewable energy crisis in the sub-region. The projects are funded by the European Union and include the ECREEE Regional Project on energy-efficiency, the ECOWAS Regional Energy Policy under the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme and a regional assessment for future wind and solar energy projects. The projects will build the institutional capacity of the ECREEE in the field of energy-efficiency in the region. Mr Mahama Kappiah, executive director of the ECREEE, launched the projects at the opening…
The Kusile power station is set to light up South Africa with the use of revolutionary new technology. Work commenced on the construction of this power station in 2008 and the plant is scheduled for completion by 2017. At the moment construction is ahead of schedule. The station is one of two major coal-fired power stations being built by Eskom at present as part of their multi-billion rand expansion. Consisting of six generating units and generating approximately 4 800 megawatts, this monolithic new station is situated close to the Kendall power station near Witbank, Mpumalanga. Sporting state-of-the-art new technology, Kusile…
The Industrial Development Corporate (IDC) and the German Development Bank (KfW) launched a R500-million Green Energy-Efficiency Fund (GEEF) on 19 October. During the launch of the fund, the chief executive officer of the IDC, Geoffrey Qhena, said the goal of the fund is to encourage and promote investments in both energy-efficiency and renewable energy in South Africa. “Energy-efficiency should be a strategic priority for companies, particularly given the fact that South Africa is moving to higher, cost-reflective electricity pricing,” he says. He says with the fund the IDC and KfW want to provide increased access to energy-efficiency and renewable energy…
Schneider Electric South Africa has teamed up with the French Ministry of Education and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to launch a centre aimed at training electricians, electrical technicians and electrical engineers. Named the French-South African Schneider Electric Training Centre, the new facility is in line with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s vision of accelerating artisan training across the country. The project has the support of the Embassy of France in South Africa, under the auspices of its partnership programme with the government. According to Prof Deon de Beer, executive director of technology transfer and innovation at…
The world’s first solar-powered netbook, the Samsung Electronics’ NC215S laptop, is the ideal product for a continent where electricity access can be limited, but sunlight is never in short supply.The solar-charging capability means that it is also the first genuine environmentally-friendly product of its kind, with a lower carbon footprint than any other laptop on the market.“The Southern African market has a lot of potential in terms of uptake and usage of the netbook. Many areas don’t have electricity at all and the Samsung netbook is just the thing for such markets as the battery life is good,” says Phillip…
Saudi Arabia is one of the leading oil exporters to Kenya and seemingly unconcerned about recent oil finds there.Regarding the oil discoveries and its potential impact on Kenyan imports of Saudi oil, Saudi Arabian ambassador Ghorm Said Malhan remarked: “I don’t think this will affect ties with Kenya because we don’t see our partnership only in the oil business. There are other different ways to co-operate. Saudi Arabia can export industrial chemicals and equipment to Kenya as well.” He says that the country also has a lot of investments in Kenya in tourism, banking and petroleum projects. “We are also…
The power utility Eskom said recently it expects to become a dominant solar energy player as the organisation seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, with plenty of funding available to pay for renewable ventures. Eskom relies on coal for more than 90% of its power supply, but has vowed to invest in renewable energy and more efficient coal technologies to reduce its absolute carbon dioxide emissions, which totalled 225-million tonnes in its last financial year, from 2025.Steve Lennon, Eskom’s managing director for corporate services, said that while a 100 MW wind farm should come on stream by early 2012 and…
“High electricity prices could stunt South African economic growth and impact on its competitiveness,” the credit insurance group Coface recently said. “It is likely that South Africa’s electricity woes will continue in the short to medium term. Two new power plants are expected to be completed in 2013/2014. This follows a general rule of thumb that it takes approximately eight years to build a coal-fired power plant,” Coface’s senior ratings analyst, Luke Marowitz, said.According to Marowitz, economic growth is likely to be stunted until the energy crisis is resolved. “There is an opportunity for the government to work with privately…
“Eskom kept South Africa’s lights on during the peak winter demand period,” the chief executive, Brian Dames, said at a recent “state of the system” update. He says this was because of a lower than expected electricity demand and due to the initiatives Eskom had put in place to manage a tight system. He cautioned, however, that the system would continue to be tight during the summer season, when Eskom does most of the maintenance of its power stations. “We have managed to get through winter. But summer brings new challenges. In summer we must make time to take units…
CAPE TOWN – 17 October, 2011 – Improved global economic conditions and the gravitation toward renewable energy enabled robust growth for the wind testing market during 2010. With the alarm bells ringing louder over climate change and depletion of natural resources, alternatives such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy as well as biofuels have been garnering significant attention. The trend toward clean energy is underway, with wind turbines becoming the fastest-growing energy source in the world and enabling higher power outputs.New opportunities are unfolding for the wind testing market as the need for certification and verification of wind turbine components…
MOSCOWMashinostroitelny Zavod, part of Russian nuclear fuel producer TVEL, may start production of fuel from Australian uranium, its Vice President Vasily Konstantinov said on Friday."To use the Australian uranium, it is necessary to control over all its production points and the points will be picked out in accordance with the choice made by the parties. One of the points may be here at Mashzavod," Konstantinov said.Australian officials have inspected Mashzavod's production of fuel pellets, the process of equipping fuel elements with fuel pellets and fuel assembly."I would like to note two things which impressed me most - the degree of…
Designed especially for outdoor applications, the Solar Mini Floating Ball Light from The Lighting Warehouse will make the perfect Christmas gift. It can either float in a swimming pool, a spa bath, in a water feature or in a pond. Alternatively, you can attach it to a separate stake, and stake into the ground wherever you choose, and it will act just like a normal solar light. The ball charges during the day via built-in solar panels that absorb the sun’s rays, and at night, it automatically switches on. It boasts an eight-hour lifespan of constantly changing colours for a…
Authors: Andrew Gilder (Director, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd); Brett Jordaan (VP Global Carbon Markets, Evolution Markets) and Lodewijk Nell (Director Consultancy, EcoMetrix Africa)South Africa has benefited more than any other African nation from carbon investment facilitated by the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). However, the country’s potential as a player in the market is currently in danger of coming to an abrupt end. Carbon market investment in South Africa has been driven primarily by the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and as this programme enters its third phase, European policy makers are likely to restrict,…
Barbara Thomson, the Deputy Minister of Energy, urged South Africa to implement practices that reduce energy usage and carbon emissions, while creating much-needed jobs. Her motivation to support clean energy is in line with the country’s stance on green solutions while the government is preparing to host COP 17 in Durban in December. “It is clear that without delay we need to implement practices that will reduce demand, choose cleaner sources and deploy the best available energy technologies that will create much-needed jobs,” she said.Thomson was speaking at the opening of the Windaba (wind) conference and exhibition in Cape Town…
The Department of Energy recently released the new Tax Allowance for Energy-Efficiency Savings Regulations for public comment. The regulations stipulate that any company holding a certificate that can prove their energy savings are genuine can submit this certificate to claim an allowance from SARS. The public has 60 days from the release date of the regulations to comment on it. The idea for such a policy comes from the National Treasury, who became increasingly interested in projects that are environmentally-friendly. To this end, the Treasury commissioned a report on environmental policies to be pursued by government departments. One of the…
Siemens Energy and Sun To Market Solutions are going to develop a full-scope integrated test, commissioning and training simulator for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. The objective of the full-scope integrated control-room simulator is to provide a virtual plant for engineering tests, commissioning and assessment for CSP plant operators.It will also offer training for plant start-up and shutdown, monitoring and control during normal as well as emergency situations, and for safety procedures. The training simulator will be of high-added value to CSP plant owners because it will help to train their personnel in optimised operation of the high-value components of…
The South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, together with partners Uzbekneftegaz and PETRONAS, signed an investment agreement with the Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade in the Uzbekistan government on 19 September for the development and implementation of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Uzbekistan. Conditions of the agreement gave way to the investors and the GTL project to enjoy investment protection and fiscal benefits, ensuring the successful implementation and operation of the GTL facility. David Constable, the chief executive officer of Sasol, met with the president of Uzbekistan, His Excellency Islam Karimov, prior to the signing ceremony.…
Energy leaders gathered in Brazil for a summit organised by the World Energy Council (WEC) on 14 September. The results of a WEC survey, which was revealed at the summit, painted a picture of uncertainty for the sustainable supply and use of energy in 2011. This comes in the context of the significant events and economic uncertainty that have affected the energy sector over the past two years.For the third consecutive year, the 2011 Global Energy Issues Survey was compiled by gathering the views of the WEC’s energy leadership community, which is drawn from energy leaders in over 90 countries.…
For the foreseeable future, renewable energy will not overtake other forms of energy to any great extent, but over the long run this may change as the cost of renewable energy falls, Standard Bank says.Alastair Campbell, Standard Bank corporate and investment banking’s head of power finance, says the next two to three years will be a time of intense activity in the renewable energy space as will be the case for Eskom’s new coal-fired power projects, Medupi and Kusile.Questions have been asked if renewable energy might not be too expensive for the country, given the abundance of steam coal, while…
Eskom and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed two loan agreements for a total value of US$365-million on 25 September that will enable the first large-scale implementation of renewable wind and solar generation in Eskom’s history.The loan-signing ceremony took place in Washington DC on the sidelines of the 2011 World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meetings. The transaction consists of US$265-million coming from the AfDB’s own resources and US$100-million from the resources of the Clean Technology Fund, a climate investment fund that promotes the transfer of low carbon technologies. The loans are guaranteed by the South African government, consistent with…
While humanity is struggling to cope with energy demands and climate change, the solution to some of these challenges could very well be found under our noses. According to the website Allianz.com, geothermal energy systems tap into the earth’s inner heat and could soon provide a significant chunk of global electricity production.The eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980 testifies about the power a volcano can generate. Allianz.com states that it released 24 megatons of thermal energy – equivalent to 1 600 Hiroshimas. This was only a mere hiccup when it comes to the vast amount of forces at play…
Dipuo Peters, the Minister of Energy, announced on 15 September that she gave the green light for a proposal to build new nuclear power plants, which will go to the cabinet soon. Peters was at an African energy ministers’ conference when she revealed that the cabinet will decide on the plan of action by the end of this year, and the bidding process will start early in 2012. The minister said she expected the first power from these plants, which are slated to provide 9 600 MW of power or about a quarter of the current supply, to start flowing…
Written by Nichelle LemmerThe eyes of the world will be on Durban in November and December, when more than 20 000 delegates from the global community, representing 190 nations, will come to the city for COP17. Durban plays host to the largest gathering of an international community that will discuss climate change. This is also the biggest conference ever to be held on the African continent. The discussions will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC). It is only the second time that COP will be held on African soil. Over the two-week period from 28 November to 9…
Climate change finance is a hot topic on the lips of various international leaders, experts on climate and finance gurus alike. Investors are eager to get a slice of the cake as the emerging green economy will play a prominent role in the financial market, fuelled attempts to mitigate the global impact of climate change by the global community. COP17 discussionsThe jury will be out on various key issues regarding climate change finance after the UNFCCC COP17 discussions in November. The carbon-trade market, as well as the Climate Change Fund, is listed as hot topics to be discussed during the…
The Moving Planet grassroots movement encourages the use of fossil fuel-free transportation and gives our citizens voices to call for solutions to climate change.Johannesburg and Pretoria citizens will make their voices heard on Saturday, September 24th as they get together to call for local and national solutions to climate change. This local chapter of the Moving Planet movement will be collecting letters for President Zuma calling for a transition to more renewable energy, which will allow South Africa to reduce its carbon emissions, help preserve the environment and open up more opportunities for climate jobs.WHAT: Joburger’s will use the Gautrain…
Effective immediately, the district of Bad Dürkheim has approved the permanent use of organic waste bags made of BASF’s compostable plastic Ecovio® FS. Residents and local waste management companies tested the bags over a period of three months. As shown by a survey, the residents of Bad Dürkheim are very satisfied with the new waste bags. And the organic composting plant Grünstadt owned by the wastemanagement company GML Abfallwirtschaftsgesellschaft mbH also rated the results of the pilot project very positively. The bags made of Ecovio FS degrade completely and do not impair the quality of the compost. “The decisive factor…
Edna Molewa, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs will officially launch the Enyokeni Greening (Tree Planting) Project in Kwa-Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, 11 September 2011. The Department of Environmental Affairs through its Social Responsibility Programme – an affiliate of the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) – has committed about R3.5 million to execute this project.This significant tree planting initiative will see a total of 34 000 trees planted in the surroundings of the Enyokeni Royal Palace in Kwa-Nongoma, linked to the annual Reed Dance Ceremony. 4 000 of these trees were obtained through a sponsorship from Vodacom. The project…
September 9, 2011: Total is introducing Total access, a new service station concept combining low prices and premium Total-branded fuels and services, in France. The Total access network will comprise approximately 600 service stations: around 300 Total-branded outlets, selected for their ability to handle the higher traffic generated by lower prices while maintaining their standard of service ; a all Elf-branded service stations, which already deploy a low-cost strategy, but thanks to Total access concept will now be able to offer products and services, such as Excellium fuels and GR cards, previously only available at Total service stations.The Total access…
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) has done the country proud by scooping the International Best Overall Chapter Performance Award presented by the US-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), of which the SAEE is one of 70 chapters. President of the SAEE, Prof LJ Grobler was elated at the news and said, “After almost 10 years of serving the Southern African market through the SAEE’s activities we feel proud to have achieved this Award and thereby flying the South African flag high in America. It cements the speculation by experts in the industry that our country has the…
CIAT was selected to fit out TQ Plaza, located in the heart of the old town of Budva, Montenegro. Thisprestigious building with 55,000 m² of floor space over 7 storeys comprises not only luxury apartments, butalso a shopping centre with a large number of shops, banks, restaurants and bars, a health club, a libraryand a cinema. Inspired by the ocean, the building is designed in the shape of three ships lying at anchor and pointing out to sea. TQ Plaza has been built using materials of the highest quality and fitted with cutting-edge systems.The complete »turnkey» system supplied by CIAT…
The environmental organisation Greenpeace has advised the Minister of Energy to reconsider the role of nuclear energy in South Africa and put a moratorium on any new nuclear reactors at least until the safety implications of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan have been fully evaluated. In its new report, “The True Cost of Nuclear Power in South Africa”, presented to the Department of Energy, it discusses social and economic impacts of the country’s nuclear programme in the past, and examines the benefits of a nuclear-free future. “Rather than investing in dangerous energy technologies, our country should opt for clean…
Zimbabwe’s electricity regulator has ordered a 31% tariff increase in a move it said was meant to ensure the state-owned power utility Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority’s (ZESA) profitability. According to a statement from the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission (ZERC), the increase would see the average tariff going up to 9,3 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) from the current 7,5 cents with effect from 1 September. ZESA, the country’s sole power supplier, has often blamed low tariffs as one of the reasons behind erratic electricity supplies. The southern African country currently generates less than 1 000 megawatts against a demand of…
“Developing countries such as South Africa need to promote an investment-enabling environment if they want to benefit from climate finance and technology transfers,” said the United Nations (UN) Development Programme’s director of environmental finance, Yannick Glemarec.Seeing that South Africa is in the spotlight as host of the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban in November, it is also under greater international scrutiny than many other developing countries after making a voluntary pledge on emissions reduction at the 2009 Copenhagen talks. South Africa pledged to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 34%…
While green technology depends on a country’s resources to implement it, solar technology has been gaining momentum, the World Bank has said.“It is very country specific – it depends on the availability of resources. There is a very strong emphasis on a number of technologies, but solar technology in particular is getting a lot of prominence,” Gevorg Sargsyan, programme co-ordinator of the World Bank Climate Investment Fund, said. He is of the opinion that the World Bank programmes supported the “transformation” of technology and skills in terms of the development of green energy projects.“There are a number of programmes that…
BHP Billiton announced recently that it has completed its acquisition of Petrohawk Energy Corporation through a short-form merger under Delaware law of its wholly-owned subsidiary with and into Petrohawk, with Petrohawk being the surviving corporation as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton. The merger was the final step of the acquisition process and follows the previously announced completion of the tender offer by BHP Billiton to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Petrohawk.The chief executive of BHP Billiton Petroleum, J Michael Yeager, said the Petrohawk acquisition adds high-quality growth to the company.“With the completion of this transaction, BHP…

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