The 2010 South African Carbon Disclosure Project report was launched on 11 November 2010 at the KPMG offices in Parktown, Johannesburg.
The South African carbon tax discussion paper was published on 13 December 2010 and will be available for public comment until 28 February 2011.
Cities occupy just 2% of the world’s land surface, yet they consume approximately 60-80% of the world’s energy production and, although experts differ in their analysis of the overall contribution of cities to greenhouse gas emissions, estimates show urban areas could be responsible for up to 80% of total emissions.
The worldwide transportation industry accounts for 13% of global emissions, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Recent studies have shown that only 9% of transport companies are currently investing in low carbon initiatives, proving that the sector is lagging behind in terms of carbon reduction strategies.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:22

Kenya wants to become Africa’s carbon trade hub

In Kenya’s recent budget speech, Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the country has plans to establish a regional carbon trading scheme that will steer Africa’s carbon market. “This willhopefully position the country as the continent’s carbon trading hub,” said Kenyatta.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:21

SA smelter project issues over 100 000 CERs

In March 2009 ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS) were appointed by EcoSecurities to secure the second issuance of Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) from a CDM project in Africa. The Transalloys Manganese Alloy Smelter Energy Efficient Project was registered by EcoSecurities as a CDM project in 2007 and post ERM CVS’s verification, this project has issued 112 292 CERs.
Thursday, 16 September 2010 12:18

Key questions for the boardroom on climate change

There have been significant changes in terms of how businesses globally, and in particular in South Africa, view and respond to climate change. Responses can vary from a simple carbon footprint calculation to understand a company’s emissions profile, to the development of comprehensive strategies to implement emission reduction programmes and internalise carbon as a key business metric. Some businesses are even seeing the value of going fully carbon neutral.
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 11:13

CDM Trends: BASIC country lessons

A report entitled Corporate Clean Energy Investment Trends in Brazil, China, India and South Africa by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) was launched on 2 June. The focus of the study, which was commissioned by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Programme (REEEP), included the significant economic growth which is projected to take place in the BASIC countries, making them attractive for further clean energy projects. The report comes at a good time for South Africa to scrutinise what the drivers for the conversion to energy-efficient and renewable energy projects were in the four other BASIC countries.
“CDM should play an important part in future emission trading schemes because it has demonstrated that it leads to both emission reductions and technology transfer,” said Senior Vice-President Bjørn K. Haugland of DNV at a Sino-Norwegian round-table in Shanghai.
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 11:11

Business perspectives on carbon pricing

This article is the third in a series looking at future carbon pricing in South Africa. An important aspect of the project is the dissemination of research and information and the stimulation of policy debate amongst key stakeholders, including the private sector. In this regard a workshop on carbon pricing aimed at the business community was held in late February 2010 in association with the National Business Initiative (NBI). The workshop was not a consultation process and was structured as a panel discussion to present divergent views on policy options and to stimulate thought and debate.

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