Volume 3, Journal 4 - December 2008

Volume 3, Journal 4

The South African Clean Development Mechanism Industry Association (SACDMIA) recently met for a feedback session on the progress made by the Association’s respective working groups in recent months.
M A CDM project should ideally possess all of the aspects of a project that would make use of a form of financing known as ‘project finance’.
By reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its Lawley factory in Gauteng, Corobrik, one of South Africa’s foremost brick manufacturers, has become the first company in Southern Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa to be awarded carbon credits by the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.
The South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) has been awarded the rights to host the Southern African Regional Secretariat for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).
The live link connection of the UNFCCC International Transaction Log (ITL) with the European Union (EU) Community Independent Transaction Log (CITL) and 26 EU greenhouse gas emissions trading system (ETS) registries were declared operational in October this year.
The global carbon market is on pace to grow at a rate of more than 80% this year, to $116-billion (ZAR1160-billion), according to the clean-technology research and analytics firm New Energy Finance.
A lot is known about CDM in general, but comparatively little about the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) which is developing at a fast pace worldwide.
What policies does Obama propose for solving climate change?
UNEP’s “Global Green New Deal” will mobilise and re-focus the global economy towards investments in clean technologies and ‘natural’ infrastructure, such as forests and soils, for real growth, combating climate change and triggering an employment boom in the 21st century.
Wallie Wilmans, well-known and well-loved Technical Manager from OSRAM, recently turned 65.
As the use of energy-saving lights becomes increasingly widespread, concerns over their mercury content and the associated hazards have mounted. Just how much mercury does an energy saver contain, and how can we dispose of this safely?
Earthlife Africa Jhb has expressed disappointment in Minister Trevor Manuel’s delaying of the introduction of a 2c/kWh levy on electricity generation from non-renewable sources.
According to a new report by Brad Rawlins of Brigham Young University in Utah and KD Paine & Partners — Measuring the Transparency of Environmental Sustainability Reporting Through Websites of Fortune 50 Corporations — most of the world’s wealthiest companies are expected to write about the environment on their websites.
The energy crisis has brought about energy awareness, and more particularly awareness of the need for energy conservation.
Energy Resource Optimizers (ERO), a member of the South African Association of Energy Service Companies, recently engaged in energy audits and DSM programme management for both Netcare Hospitals and Southern Sun hotels.
In a bid to remain faithful to their motto: “Take control of your energy costs”, Rigifoam recently confirmed their commitment to the supply of insulation capable of reducing operational, heating and cooling costs in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Although cities take up less than 5% of the Earth’s surface, they use up to 75% of its total resources. The UN predicts that today’s urban population of three billion will rise to nearly five billion by 2030, with three out every five people living in cities.
The Exxon USA headquarters in Houston, a 30-year-old, 43-storey building with 6 200 windows, was recently retrofitted with high-tech, solar-control LLumar window film. A detailed analysis of the building’s environmental characteristics led to the application of LLumar Solar Control Film N-1020 Neutral.
A first for South African shores, the country saw a premier ‘rotatable guarded hot box’ (RGHB) unveiled recently. The RGHB is testing equipment which will determine the heat transmission values of virtually any building envelope system.
If thermal ceiling insulation and high-performance window systems were introduced today into all new residential and commercial buildings, an astounding approximately 3500 MW of electricity could be saved by 2020.
Satellites enable many facets of our daily lives through receiving news of the upcoming weather. Farmers rely on weather forecasting to plan their work schedules, whilst maritime fishermen and sailors use weather maps to avoid the choppy seas and strong winds that would put the crew’s lives in danger.
Fossil fuels are used all over the world as a relatively cheap and convenient source of energy and South Africa is not an exception.
The largest emissions of CO2 originate from the energy sector (IPCC, 2005), and more specifically the power generation component of the energy sector, which has the largest amount of point sources and contributes to CO2 emissions more than any other industry, as is highlighted in Table 1.
 The PowerWatch™ software is brand-new patented technology developed in South Africa for SA specific conditions.
The Energy Efficient Lighting Design competition was initiated to encourage the creative and cost-effective design of luminaires, while simultaneously promoting the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in the residential sector.
Although our national power grid has largely stabilised since the crippling power cuts experienced during the first quarter of this year, full capacity is still not guaranteed.
Dishwasher energy consumption can be reduced by turning off the dishwasher after the final rinse and before the drying cycle. The clean dishes can then be wiped with a dry cloth.
Distributed by National Power in conjunction with EcoLight® — which can be retrofitted in just 30 seconds — can be used in conjunction with existing T8 and T12 fittings.
Nuclear recruitment drives around the world are drawing thousands of new workers into the sector — led by companies building or about to build new reactors, and extending to government organisations.
Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has stated that the number of reports citing nuclear or radioactive material stolen around the world last year was “disturbingly high.”
Quick and smooth commissioning and production are more important today than ever before for plant owners in the steel industry.
Wind Atlas for South AfricaIn order to ascertain South Africa’s wind potential, it has been found that a Wind Atlas is needed in order to establish if South Africa does have wind resources that can be commercially exploited.
Read all about the why, where, when and what of solar usage!
A scholarship support programme which will further post-graduate research in the field of renewable energy was recently launched in Cape Town in honour of Dr Douglas Banks, an industry-renowned renewable energy activist from Restio Energy who passed away in July this year.
Dissatisfied with the slow pace at which solar, wind and other renewable energy production is being developed in South Africa, a group of MPs recently launched a private member’s bill they hope will speed up the process.
The Eskom Solar Water Heating programme has been expanded to include large residential developments, setting the scene for developers to benefit by claiming subsidies for their projects.
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced a call for project proposals which support the development of markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The food vs fuel debate has long formed part of the perennial debate around land usage but, very recently, the more real threat of fluctuating commodity prices and the cost of energy needed to produce food has dominated debates around food security.
Brazil has displaced the US as the most attractive country for prospective investment in biofuels. This is according to the latest Ernst & Young “Biofuels country attractiveness indices”, which score countries on their attractiveness for investment in biofuels.
With climate change widely recognised as one of the most pressing issues of our time, the world’s attention is focused on strategies to control and reduce the impact of human activity on the environment.
Climate change challenges are creating ample opportunities for next-generation technologies as companies seek to respond to stakeholder expectations, current and anticipated regulation, and rising energy costs. As climate change moves up the corporate agenda, cleantech investment is reaching record levels, according to Ernst & Young.
South Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom Holdings Ltd, has signed a 20-year loan for $500-million, the largest loan ever granted by the Private Sector Window of the African Development Bank (AfDB), as part of capital-raising plans to fund its build programme.
The end of September 2008 saw leading industrialised nations pledge more than US$6,1-billion (ZAR61-billion) to 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.
Temperatures are changing in the lower atmosphere — from the Earth’s surface all the way through the stratosphere (9-14 miles above the Earth’s surface).
International efforts to combat climate change received a boost recently with consensus amongst a diverse group of global forest stakeholders on a new set of principles dealing with sustainable forestry.
BASF holds the top position worldwide in the prestigious Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.
The World Steel Association plans to finish the first phase of its carbon dioxide emissions data collection initiative at the end of the year, the trade association announced last week.
A new breed of solar tower may soon be sprouting up in Namibia, providing the nation with a carbon-free source of electricity and food during both the day and night.
Namibia has one of the best solar regimes in the world, with some 3 300 hours of sunshine per year.
South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I, and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory.
Philips Lighting, a global leader in the luminaires industry, recently partnered with Standard Bank for the installation of new lighting systems into the company’s corporate signage and ATMs at many of their branches across Southern Africa.
Royal Philips Electronics recently announced the launch of a num-ber of energy-efficient solutions for the automotive market at the Automechanika fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
As part of the AkzoNobel Group, Dulux Trade remains at the forefront of environmental issues related to the paint industry at a global level.
At the Stuttgart airport, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) presented the first manned airplane that can both take off and fly using a fuel cell exclusively.