Volume 3, Journal 3 - September 2008

The world set itself a deadline, at the Climate Change Convention held in Bali during December 2007, to reach agreement on the future of the international climate change regime after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period expires.
Recently, 25° in Africa spoke to South African Designated Operational Entity (DOE) PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) about their role as a DOE.
The Group of Eight industrial powers have said that they hope to launch 20 large projects that will bury greenhouse gas by 2010.
The untapped potential of the Sub-Saharan CDM market - At the Africa Carbon Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal, The World Bank released a report which may see the world re-think CDM and its potential for African soils.
BASF is making the new simulation software, called “PCM express”, available to architects, planners and house builders.
The United Nations has urged the world to kick an all-consuming addiction to carbon dioxide, and said everyone must take steps to fight climate change.
The CDM world is looking to Africa, with the recently held Accra Climate Change Talks 2008, as well as the Africa Carbon Forum in Dakar in September, highlighting an increasing interest in the continent as a promising CDM destination.
25° in Africa, Africa’s Independent Energy Publication, was recently announced as one of SA’s only two magazines to receive a 2008 Tabbie award.
The first Africa Carbon Forum was held in Dakar, Senegal, from the 3rd to the 5th of September 2008, and attracted more than six hundred participants from sixty countries, including forty project developers and representatives of thirty-six Designated National Authorities (DNA), including South Africa’s, responsible for host country approval of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.
Current power problems - The East African power industry is characterised by insufficient electricity generation capacity, high technical losses of about 30-40 %, and very low electricity population access rates of 12 % on average.
According to a study by the Australian National University (ANU), untouched eucalypt forests store three times more carbon than official UN climate change figures suggest.
If South Africa’s key motivation for biofuels is economic development — then the country may not be ready for the development of a biofuels industry, due to its lack of infrastructure.
Leading companies in the mining industry stay ahead by constantly seeking to increase productivity, minimise downtime and enhance safety in their production and processing plants.
Solar control films reflect, absorb and transmit different facets of the solar spectrum controlling the appearance and performance characteristics of glass, including colour, glare and reflectivity.
There is good reason why glasstec is referred to as the “window to the world of glass” -
During August 2008, it was announced that Moody’s Investor Services has downgraded Eskom’s foreign and local currency credit rating to Baa2, with a negative outlook.
General Cable Corporation recently announced that its subsidiary, Norddeutsche Seekablewerke GmbH (NSW), has been awarded its first submarine long-haul repeatered fibre-optic communications link project.
A national hub which offers a postgraduate programme in Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management was launched at the University of Pretoria recently.
It has been incorrectly reported in the media that Eskom “expects to generate an operating loss of ZAR20-billion in the current financial year”.
Statement by Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga
Eskom recently welcomed the decision of the National Treasury to bring forward the disbursement of the ZAR60-billion deeply subordinated loan from Government.
Eskom recently turned the first soil for the second coal-fired power station to be built and completed by 2017.
The outstanding research and outputs of crystal engineer Prof Len Barbour of Stellenbosch University (SU) were recognised at the 2007/8 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards.
During June 2008, more than 500 delegates attended the 2008 Electricity Distribution Maintenance Summit in Midrand, Gauteng, to review the progress made since the 2003 NER Maintenance Summit.
AAP Carbon Limited and LSE-listed ferrochrome producer, International Ferro Metals (IFM), have collaborated to conceive and build a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly power plant at IFM’s Buffelsfontein Smelter complex, located between Brits and Rustenburg in the North-West Province.
The electricity crisis has delivered a dual blow to property developers — evidenced as by a slowdown in the number of new applications received by municipalities.
A new isotope enrichment process with eventual application to uranium has been announced by South African company Klydon Pty Ltd.
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has published a comprehensive guide to the international treaties, organisations, initiatives and networks that form the global regime dealing with nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), record prices in the oil market in recent months have become a threat to the global economy and social welfare of millions of people — some are calling it the third oil shock.
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors met recently to discuss the independent inspection panel investigation of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) project, and approved the action plan.
A potent partnership between German technology and South African sunshine was unveiled at the Deutsche Internationale Schule in Parktown, Johannesburg, in June, paving the way for a massive increase in the use of solar technology in South Africa.
Recovering wastewater for reuse and creating power from organic rich effluent is no longer a concept but a reality, and is increasingly being viewed as a lucrative business decision, comments Grahame Thompson, Business Development Manager for Talbot Green Energy
The residence of Hippokratus, the hostel on the medical campus of the University of Pretoria, can now enjoy the luxury of a hot shower or bath at any time of the day or night.
SETSOLAR, with the assistance of Wesgro recently announced a ZAR40-million investment over the next five years into a photovoltaic solar panel manufacturing plant which is set to make sustainable, affordable electricity a reality.
Norddeutsche Seek abelwerke GmbH (NSW) were recently awarded a contract which will see them champion the infield wiring for the offshore wind farm “Rødsand II”.
Despite financial market turmoil, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) claims that alternative energy investment experienced yet another record-setting year in 2007.
Kenyan courts are considering halting the first stage of a US$370-million (ZAR2650-million) biofuel project that aims to replace approximately 20 000 hectares of coastal grassland with irrigated fields of sugarcane according to the Environmental News Network.
Engineering consultancy firm Bioneer has recently been tasked with the engineering and technology supply of a biodiesel plant located in Chamdor, Gauteng, which it constructed for biodiesel production company GBC Organic Fuels.
Agriculture is suffering a growing dilemma: its need to feed a fast-growing world population, as well as conserve the biodiversity and manage the natural resources of an increasingly depleted planet.
According to CNN, Britain’s Prince Charles has converted his 38-year-old Aston Martin to run on biofuels made from surplus wine.
BASF Crop Protection has announced it plans to invest more than €150-million (R1695-million) in additional capacity to meet the growing demand for key crop protection products in the coming years.
The South African Government launched its long-term mitigation scenario (LTMS) process on climate change in 2006 — the findings and policy recommendations of which were presented to Cabinet very recently.
Buildworks Group Limited (Buildworks) recently announced the conclusion of an agreement that will see them acquire Conco, one of South Africa’s foremost suppliers of power-related services to the electricity supply industry.
The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, and the deputy president of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, recently signed a joint declaration on climate change and energy issues in Pretoria.
The Paris-based International Energy Agency recently released a study suggesting that the world needs to invest $45-trillion (ZAR346,5-trillion) in coming decades in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least half by 2050.
Speaking at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer called on key stakeholders in the transport sector to help shape the UN climate change deal that will be clinched in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.
Bosses at 100 of the world’s largest companies recently issued an unequivocal call for political leaders to deliver a ‘rapid and fundamental’ strategy designed to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by ‘at least’ 50 per cent by 2050.
Recently, 16 senior executives of 16 leading South African companies signed up to the United Nations Global Compact.
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors recently gave formal approval to the creation of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), a pair of international investment instruments designed to provide interim, scaled-up funding to help developing countries in their efforts to mitigate increases in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change.
According to several recent studies, the building sector uses approximately 35%-40% of energy resources worldwide, and is the biggest single consumer of energy worldwide, yet this sector also has the highest potential for energy savings.
In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, successive Moorish dynasties began to rule in Morocco.
In their quest for lighting which could shape our future, Philips has taken full cognisance of the global warming dilemma which currently dominates news headlines, and will continue to do so until suitable placatory measures are taken.
One of the greatest challenges facing municipalities today is implementation; another the priority areas of climate change and energy.
Philips recently signed a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with the Dutch Government which will see the development of a new generation of sustainable, solar-powered lighting solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Instead of standard streetlights, what if your moonlit walks were brightened by light-laden boughs of luminous leaves?
An affordable dimmable energy-saving lamp has been launched by local lighting importer and distributor, Eurolux.
A striking new alternative energy concept has been conceived by Mexican-born Agustin Otegui.
Philips’ new MASTER LED lamps combine lasting quality of light and huge energy savings in the retail and hospitality sectors.
The Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition (EELDC) recently gleaned a record number of entries totaling 501.

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