Gas

Volume 7, Number 1 -Jan/Feb 2012

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Anglo American’s water reclamation plant was the only mining initiative that was endorsed by the UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change Initiative at COP17.
Water meters play a key role in managing water resources. This market has been lagging behind the development of new technologies when comparing it to the electricity metering market, but this is changing due to the need for consumers and water suppliers to be more water-conscious about water usage.
A water system is a complicated network consisting of various smaller systems like water pipes, reservoirs and filtration systems. All these components have an effect on water quality. This is why water testing in various key points in a system plays an important role in ensuring that the consumer gets drinking water that meets industry standards.
A water system is a complicated network consisting of various smaller systems like water pipes, reservoirs and filtration systems. All these components have an effect on water quality. This is why water testing in various key points in a system plays an important role in ensuring that the consumer gets drinking water that meets industry standards.
The South African National Bottled Water Association is excited about Plastic South Africa’s new figures, which show that consumers and companies were more inclined to recycle plastics in 2011 when compared to statistics in 2010 and 2009.
The South African National Bottled Water Association is excited about Plastic South Africa’s new figures, which show that consumers and companies were more inclined to recycle plastics in 2011 when compared to statistics in 2010 and 2009.
A community near Durban will benefit from a project called iLanga Life that aims to provide solar water heaters to low-income citizens.
Opportunities for growth in the wastewater industry are abound as governments in sub-Saharan Africa become stricter on the enforcement of environmental regulations.
Powertech IST Otokon’s compressed air project at Goldfields Driefontein received the Energy Project of the Year Award at the SAEE awards ceremony in November. As the largest industrial Eskom DSM peak-clipping project it over-performed by 40% and saved 33 tons of carbon emissions.
The internet-based Snowman was kept alive by thousands visitors to the campaign site during COP17, making it a huge success.
In November last year Energywise Systems Magnet Electrical Supplies of KwaZulu Natal became the SAEE Energy Company of the year - an award for which Marlene E van Rooyen, the editor of 25º, was a judge. Energywise owner, Andrea Barausse has become well-known for his passion in investigating water and energy saving devices in a search to find products that deliver optimal energy and water savings.
BASF strives to stay in its position as the world’s leading chemical company by revising its corporate strategy to make sure that they develop new innovative products and take a more sustainable business approach.
Namibia’s Kudu Gas Power Plant urgently needs an equity partner to overcome an electricity deficit which is set to widen to 300MW in 2015. The plant can be running by 2016 if Nampower succeeds in farming out 49% of the US$1,1-billion project.
Showing excellent energy and monetary savings by the use of innovative welding techniques, Gas Management Solutions has been a regular award winner for the reduction of gas consumption in industry.By using economisers that optimise the welding process, together with accurate flow meters for measurement together with smart leak detection methods, gas savings of up to 90% can be achieved.
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.
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.
New opportunities for the private sector to invest in the South African energy industry are emerging from the growing demand for electricity, driven by the funding limitations and time constraints on Eskom.
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.
City dwellers will notice the brand new glow engulfing the streets around the Durban ICC. Philips recently collaborated with various other local authorities to install state-of-the-art energy-saving LED street lights in six streets around the conference centre.
Anglo American Platinum used a platinum-based fuel-cell generator to supply the local electricity grid during the COP17 climate talks, which were recently held in Durban. The demonstration showcased the country’s ability to become a leader in one of the most promising renewable energy technologies in the world.
Mainstream Renewable Power is one of the first companies that will add to the renewable energy mix in South Africa as the government gave the green light for three of their projects to be completed in 2014.
Andrew Gilder, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd. The writing of this article engendered a distinct sense of déjà vu in that I felt impelled to commence with “one’s opinion of whether the outcome of the Durban Climate Change Conference was positive or not depends very largely on one’s initial viewpoint” of the value of value of climate negotiations.
When it comes to calculating and disclosing greenhouse gas emissions, South Africa’s top companies are leading the way globally. Not only did 83% of the JSE’s top 100 companies respond to the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with a marked increase from 2010’s 74%, but the quality of the responses has also clearly improved.
Exxaro is actively engaging the opportunities that climate change presents through various forums and strategies. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the mining group’s proactive actions are reflected in the recent CDP report as a climb in rankings for the company.
The biggest energy-efficient lighting project in the world is running in Mexico. It is funded by generating money from carbon credits made possible with the help of a partnership between Standard Bank and Cool nrg.
Organisations who want to become energy-efficient, can join Standard Bank’s CDM projects. The bank’s new initiative helps companies to save on their electricity bills while generating revenue through carbon credits sales.
Aurecon, a leading global group, is providing its engineering, management and specialist technical services to small-scale sugar cane growers in a project where sugar cane residual will be converted to charcoal.
While the latest Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index shows that the JSE’s companies are strong on social and governance responsibility, they could do more on environmental practices. Two thirds of the exchange’s listed companies qualified to be listed on the index.
While 95% of the JSE’s top 40 companies have climate change policies in place, there remains scope for improvement. A recently released report, which focused on how SA companies are tackling climate change, called for companies to have more long-term strategies and adaptation plans on climate change.
Calculating your carbon footprint may not be as easy as it sounds. 25ºC in Africa takes a look at this market and identifies pitfalls and opportunities that businesses should look out for when deciding to green their business.
Although COP17 is over and experts still continue to analyse what was decided at the conference, the battle to stop the earth’s temperature from rising with 2ºC just commenced. 25ºC in Africa takes a look at the outcomes of the Durban discussions and the way forward in making enough progress to meet the global climate change goals.
Using carbon finance for low-income energy household projects could be a powerful tool in alleviating poverty and creating a sustainable future for generations. It could only be optimally utilised if various role players come on board to create a credible platform for these projects to succeed.
Taxes on bunker fuel got the backing of the shipping and airline industry during COP17. This means the industry is taking responsibility for its impact on greenhouse gas emissions.
A partnership between the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the South African Cementitious Material Producers will open the door for the cement industry in taking a more sustainable approach.
The Seychelles, as an island country that is heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels, is especially vulnerable to threats of climate change. The country is currently exploring various renewable energy sources and recently passed a new Energy Bill to enforce sustainability of these projects.
Harvesting and storing energy produced from clean energy sources such as wind or solar power in smaller applications can be done by using a variety of smart-grid energy-storage solutions. 25º in Africa explored the various products available in this market.
The Centurion Mall, one of the biggest shopping centres in Pretoria, participated in the National Energy Barometer Survey last year. It was awarded a second place in the competition and discusses its energy-efficiency strategy in this article.