Volume 3, Journal 2 - May 2008

Volume3, Journal 2

On a good day, the island’s two wind turbines, planted on a small hill overlooking several red-painted wooden houses, produce more energy than the 210 people living there can use.
Eskom’s Klipheuwel wind energy demonstration facility (KWEDF), just north of Cape Town, is the only large wind turbine facility in sub-Saharan Africa currently.
South African Cities Network (SACN) commits to sustainable solutions.
IBM recently announced a breakthrough in photovoltaic technology research that could significantly reduce the cost of harnessing the sun’s power for electricity.
SA bids to host the triennial congress- a premier event on the Global Energy Calendar. 
Earthlife has rejected the power utility’s proposed increases.
Grain SA recommends is a balanced basket of grain to be considered for inclusion in the biofuels strategy.
The third African Refiners Week took place in Cape Town during March this year, and was attended by over 200 refiners, importers, sponsors, journalists and representatives of the World Bank.
Refinery Tracker provides detailed information on the latest worldwide refinery project announcements and updates.
Fuel tank pressure sensory take on new heights.
With rising global energy prices pushing up operational costs, the full energy-saving benefits of using high-performance lubrication could go a long way to assist organisations in maintaining their competitive advantage. 
SMS Demag has developed suitable gas-recovery processes which are employed in a large number of their facilities.
South Africa may soon have to begin using food sources to produce energy but, recently, it has been shown that other viable alternative opportunities do exist.
PetroSA recently announced that a pre-feasibility study into the planned multi-billion rand crude oil refinery in Coega, Port Elizabeth, has been completed. 
Yuri Trutnev, Russia’s natural resources minister, has said that Russia is seeking investment in new nuclear power stations and joint uranium mining ventures in South Africa.
The JINR is an international organisation that consists of eighteen member countries and 71 partnering institutions in 45 countries.
Bloemfontein saw the successful launch of The Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (CANE) in April.
China’s main centres for designing, making and storing nuclear arms lie in the shattered earthquake zone, leading experts to look for signs of any damage that might allow radioactivity to escape.  
According to The Economic Times, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called for global leadership against the global food crisis, as a United Nations task force met for the first time to design an action plan to curb soaring prices. 
The New Energy Book is a resource for those seeking a more sustainable future, and provides a practical guide to sustainable energy approaches and practices.
Relief for man’s oil addiction!
PetroSA has pledged ZAR500 000 over the next three years to a host of environmental initiatives aimed at the Mossel Bay community.
Solar power is set to play a major role in the regeneration of Johannesburg’s inner city.  
Learn more about the publication: The Social Intrapreneurs: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched the Environmental Indicators Gateway website to provide enhanced public access to environmental and health information generated by EPA.  
The very first Africa Energy Awards, hosted by the Africa Power & Electricity Congress, were held in April in a furore of glamour and recognition.
Stellenbosch University has been awarded the responsibility to act as the hub of a Postgraduate Programme in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies.
At a recently built Checkers store in the Raslouw Lifestyle Centre in Centurion, Gauteng, it was decided that very high insulation values were required in order to attain stringent thermal requirements.
Electric motor efficiency is extremely important to LKAB.
“We live in interesting times: the transition from a reliance on high-carbon energy sources to low- and zero-emission technologies. The trend, we believe, is incontrovertible.” – Clean Edge
CEF (Pty) Ltd recently announced that it is entering into a joint venture with Royal Philips Electronics to set up a manufacturing plant for energy-saving (CFLi) light bulbs in Maseru, Lesotho.
Can LED's add value to the hospitality industry at large?
OSRAM has launched a unique project for producing light away from a permanent power supply on Lake Victoria in Kenya.
The Coca-Cola Company and alternative transportation pioneer ZAP (OTCBB: ZAAP) recently announced a project that will involve using 30 of its compact trucks for a new beverage distribution system in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Climate change and the carbon market were in the international spotlight during the first quarter of the year, with the 2008 version of the world’s premier carbon market trade fair being held in Cologne, and the tentative commencement of negotiations on the post-2012 international climate change regime.
OneCarbon is an international company that originates high quality carbon credits by initiating, developing, co-developing or financing projects globally that reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.
A closer look at CDM terminology.
The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) has registered its 1000th project, an energy efficiency project in Andhra Pradesh, India, expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 34 000 tonnes annually.
The eThekwini 2010 Greening Programme recently undertook a baseline carbon foot printing study for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and associated activities to be held in Durban.  
Sweet sorghum may be the ideal ‘smart crop’ because it produces food as well as fuel...
Due to the rapid rise in crude oil prices to US$120 a barrel and the resultant fuel price hikes, energy supply security has become a hot political topic worldwide. As a result, many governments have developed policies to promote alternative energy supplies such as biofuels.
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) recently announced a public-private partnership to develop drought-tolerant maize varieties for Africa.The partnership, known as Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), was formed in response to a growing call by African farmers, leaders, and scientists to address the devastating effects of drought on small-scale farmers and their families.
Climate change resulting from man-made increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations presents a serious challenge to human welfare, both in a macroeconomic and fiscal sense.
In April, NASA began an extensive field campaign to investigate the chemistry of the Arctic’s lower atmosphere. The mission is poised to help scientists identify how air pollution contributes to climate changes in the Arctic.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has signed an historic commitment to tackle climate change.
A group of South African business leaders met recently with Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, at a second meeting to discuss public policy options as well as the need for a private sector response to mitigating climate change.
In their report, entitled “Climate Changes Your Business”, KPMG presents a comprehensive review of 50 authoritative published studies addressing the business risks and economic impacts of climate change at sector of level.
The giant Mmamabula Energy Project in Botswana has suffered a major setback that is likely to result in even further delays.
Indian power generation, transmission and distribution company Torrent Power Ltd [TOPO: Bombay Stock Exchange] has joined a popular move that has seen major corporation vie for Botswana’s coal.
An overview of Botswana's international status.
Solar cookers offer a natural form of cooking energy through the conversion of sunlight into energy that can be used to prepare food each and every day that the sun rises.  
For governments, multi-national companies and organisations with facilities around the world, LLumar provides the perfect solution for up-grading your current glazing system to align with environmental and energy-efficient precincts.
Established in 1994, Freeplay Energy plc is dedicated to capturing and redirecting the power of human energy.  
Eskom has noted the decision of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to allow for the recovery of additional primary energy costs of ZAR2,827-billion through the electricity tariff.
PricewaterhouseCoopers South Africa accredited by the United Nations To complete a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol, from the project concept to the selling of credits, involves a number of stakeholders, one being the company where the emission reduction is actually taking place.
CDM Africa Climate Solutions (Pty) Ltd provides an end to end service for project owners traversing the intricacies of the Clean Development Mechanism.   
All Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects must go through a “project cycle” in order to be allowed to generate credits.   

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