Energy Efficiency
South Africa will become the first African country to completely phase out incandescent lamps as it chases a global 2016 deadline for the project. The plan is linked to a global initiative aimed at combating climate change through the transition to energy-efficient lighting.
Hundreds of households in South Africa that don’t have access to the electricity grid were supplied with solar-powered LED lighting systems, solar lanterns and solar torches provided by Philips.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:12

Underground lighting retrofit project a success

An underground lighting retrofitting project at Anglo Coal proved that companies who use EcoTag’s lighting products can expect large savings on energy consumption and lower maintenance costs.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:03

Factory gets a green stamp of approval

Unilever’s new savory factory Indonsa was showcased in Durban as one of the greenest projects of its kind lasy year. The South African minister of Trade and Industry gave this factory a thumps up as it ticks all the boxes in keeping its carbon footprint to a minimum.

By Gareth Griffiths, Bsc (SAFREA)

A major consideration in the design and ongoing operation of a large observatory such as the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland, where the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is located, is the comfort of the observer and resident technical maintenance and support staff.

The global community is moving rapidly towards clean energy and a greener worldview. With climate change impacts already visible, the green leaders of tomorrow are the front-runners in accepting responsibility for the environment and its health.
Many countries have already introduced various tax and subsidy policies to encourage energy-efficiency. In 2009, Trevor Manuel (South Africa’s previous Finance Minister) announced that the government would provide tax incentives for companies who could show that they were saving energy, which gave way to the Income Tax Act of 1962.
The Sustainable Energy Society of South Africa (SESSA) recently created a heat pump division as a building block in their efforts to create a responsible and sustainable energy future in the country.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 10:09

SA cannot remain behind in global technology

“South Africa cannot remain behind the global technology curve, which is increasingly focussing on low or zero emissions vehicles,” said the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)’s deputy director-general, Nimrod Zalk, when addressing delegates at the CAR Conference held at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October.
Assuming there are no major shifts in the governments’ policies, statistics from the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook indicate that the global energy demand is predicted to increase by 40% by 2030.