Professor Patricia Harvey of the University of Greenwich, a leading expert in biofuels who is currently working on projects that will produce green energy from agricultural and food waste in three African countries, recently spoke to 25º in Africa about the project.
The San Fransisco Public Utilities Commission, which is going to be home to a number of green building innovations, has commissioned a disguised “green” sewage treatment plant – in the middle of their lobby.
The first carbon neutral power station in Africa was unveilled on 23 November 2010 in Honeydew, Johannesburg.
Uganda has launched a municipal waste compost program that promotes solid waste composting in urban areas. This project has made Uganda the first African country to successfully register a Programme of Activities (POA) that will reduce methane emissions into the environment. The project is being done under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and it is the first of its kind in the world, according to the World Bank.
A new report by Friends of the Earth, entitled Africa: up for Grabs, reveals that the amount of land being taken in Africa to meet northern countries’ increasing demand for biofuels is underestimated and out of control.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 11:07

New biofuels company brings USA technology to SA

Stellenbosch Biomass Technologies (SBMT), a new biofuels technology company, was launched in July this year. The South African based company holds the rights to commercialise and adapt the latest conversion technology developed by the USA-based company Mascoma Technologies.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 11:05

LNG fuel ideal for short sea shipping

According to, the marine business is facing new challenges as public opinion becomes more focused on ship emissions. Land-based industries are continuing to cut back on certain emissions, which has lead to the shared pollutants by the shipping industry to become a significant part of total emissions, despite the fact that transport by ship remains one of the most efficient means of transportation (
The revival of the global economy has led to a rebound in the demand for minerals and natural resources from Southern Africa, a new report from Frost & Sullivan has found.
This is the second article in a three-part series of using wasted resources in local municipalities. The first article focused on the beneficiation of municipal solid waste. In this article, energy savings in municipal wastewater plants will be discussed.
Texas-based Energy Allied International, the Seawater Foundation and Global Seawater Inc have joined forces to develop the world’s first commercial scale seawater-based project in Egypt. The “New Nile Co” marks the largest biofuels investment to date in Africa or the Middle East (

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