Climate Change
The building industry’s contribution to climate change could be minimized to the bare essentials in the future with the introduction of a new building material called novel non-deformed energy storage phase change material (PCM) to the industry, which will cut energy usage of a building by more than a third.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 09:07


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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 09:06

Sustainability commitment rewarded once again

Having been recently ranked as the most sustainable company in the industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fourth year running, Siemens took the first place in the diversified industrials category and scored 90 out of a possible 100 points – the highest rating it has achieved to date and a further improvement on 2010’s result of 87 points.
As a result of climate change, developing countries are exposed to an increase in the extent and frequency of extreme weather events, with negative impacts on agriculture, physical infrastructure, tourism, fisheries and other sectors of the economy.
Schneider Electric’s head office, known as the Hive, is the first in the world to comply with the new ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems. By this the company lives up to their policy to continually strive to improve energy-efficiency in their buildings, reduce their carbon footprint and enhance user comfort.
“The world is not on the right track in fighting climate change and governments need to boost green energies to build new momentum,” said Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN panel of climate scientists, at the Reuters Energy and Climate Summit in June.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 09:46

Kyoto Protocol still up for discussion

The controversial Kyoto Protocol was again under the looking glass after various countries attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, that came to an end in June.

Marie Parramon and Andrew Gilder, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd.

Expectations for COP17
Watchers of the climate change negotiations may be forgiven for their increasing scepticism over the likely outcomes of the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to be held in Durban in late November and early December 2011.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says that this year’s Climate Change Conference, which will be held on 28 November to 9 December in Durban, should lead to a successful international agreement if the government and civil society work as a team. Molewa was speaking at the national climate change stakeholder workshop, which was held at Gallagher Estate on 1 April.
The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a common portal where submissions from parties can be viewed. The portal was developed as a result of requests from parties and is in line with the practice already used for the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and Ad Hoc Working Group for Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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