Biofuels

Volume 7, Number 4 - July/August 2012

Two long-term partnerships were launched at the WISA 2012 conference as the Dutch water sector strengthened its ties with South Africa.
The Department of Water Affairs is the custodian of South Africa’s water resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policy governing this sector. It also has override responsibility for water services provided by local government. While striving to ensure that all South Africans gain access to clean water and safe sanitation, the water sector also promotes effective and efficient water resources management to ensure sustainable economic and social development.
While certainly not the largest contributor to South Africa’s economy, the bottled water industry plays a vital role by employing 1 800 people and generating sales of R3 550-million.
Software that is developed to optimally manage water consumption could play an important role in preserving water for future generations as the effective monitoring of water losses, especially in municipalities, can potentially save thousands of litres of water.
SSI is a multi-disciplinary consultancy that tailors solutions for clients involved in infrastructure development. The company’s services cover the complete spectrum of lifecycle needs within the sectors of transport, water, environmental, energy and resources, buildings and structures, and project and construction management.
Water-storage solutions can play an important role in water management, especially in Africa where water shortages and other factors like supply and demand as well as climate change will influence its availability.
Lafarge is a world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its cement, aggregates and concrete business. The group has 68 000 employees in 64 countries and in 2011 posted sales of €15,2-billion. For the second year in a row, Lafarge ranked amongst the top 10 of 500 companies evaluated by the Carbon Disclosure Project in recognition of its strategy and actions against global warming.
Krohne is a full-service provider of process-measuring technology for the measurement of flow, mass flow, level, pressure and temperature as well as analytical tasks. Founded in 1921 and with its headquarters in Duisburg, Germany, the company employs over 2 700 people all over the world and is present on all continents. KROHNE stands for innovation and maximum product quality and is one of the market leaders in industrial process-measuring technology.
Water is a key resource that people need to survive and without it no industry or country will be able to exist. The South African government proclaims that its people are living in a water-scarce country and results of the Water Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which was released earlier this year, paints a dark picture stating that South Africa is headed for a water shortage crisis. Who would have thought that the solution to the problem could literally be pulled from thin air?
Calcamite has been specialising in water and sanitation for the past 36 years. The company offers a wide range of rainwater and conservancy tanks for both domestic and commercial applications. Calcamite’s rainwater and conservancy tanks have the Agrément and SABS Certifications, making it a reliable and quality solution for rainwater harvesting needs.
Only a handful of local carbon consultants have more than five years’ experience in climate change and carbon management. Carbon consultants enter the market either from an environmental auditing, energy-efficiency or sustainability business background. This is one of the challenges that businesses face in making use of carbon consultants to calculate their carbon footprint.
Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to the mining, metallurgical, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Dong Energy recently signed an agreement to sell 50% of the German offshore wind Borkum Riffgrund 1 to the Lego Group’s parent company, Kirkbi A/S and the Oticon Foundation, via its investment company, William Demant Invest A/S, for a total sum of DKK 4,7-billion.
Frost & Sullivan enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s growth partnership service provides the chief executive officer and his growth team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation and implementation of powerful growth strategies.
BASF has been named the world’s most transparent chemical company in a new global ranking by the non-governmental organisation Transparency International. BASF was also the top-rated company with German headquarters of any industry.
The agricultural industry will struggle to keep its head above water in overcoming various challenges in the sector in the second half of 2012. Gareth Lloyd-Jones, managing director of Ecowize, says one of the main concerns in the industry is to preserve enough water via water management initiatives to secure water for future use.
Innovative and specialised services are central to what you find at RTS. This company is committed to finding customised engineered solutions to specific problems in the engineering sector and provides niche technologies that one would not normally find on the market.
Fuelenergiser is a revolutionary product in the fuel-additive category and enhances combustion radically. It enables fuel to burn more completely – and converts the unburnt fuel into energy instead of just blowing it out of the tailpipe.
It seems that the South African labelling system will be based on the European Union EU) system. Research in the late 1990s in Europe showed that energy-efficiency isn’t the only or even most important criteria for consumers when buying appliances. This system can be used to influence markets if consumers take note of added information on products and base their decisions on it.
The introduction of appliance labelling in the commercial market aims to change the way South Africans use energy, not only altering citizens’ behaviour towards energy-efficiency but also saving valuable resources and reducing carbon emissions.
The Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency (SAEE) is one of 72 international chapters of the American Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). As a chapter of the AEE, the SAEE is committed to increase energy-efficiency, utilise innovative energy service options, enhance environmental management programmes, upgrade facility operations and improve equipment performance – while at the same time bolstering the bottom lines of organisations.
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focusing on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. With its headquarters in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122 000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Energy Cybernetics has been an active and leading player in the South African energy space since 1998, focussing on energy optimisation consulting, systems and services to a host of businesses. The Energy Barometer is proof of the company’s commitment to play an active role in securing South Africa’s energy future. The National Energy Barometer Survey is supported by the NEEA and the Department of Energy. During the past 12 years, the company has undertaken and completed projects in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) was officially launched at a ceremony in Rosebank by the Minister of Energy, Dipuo Peters, on Thursday 19 July 2012.
Solairedirect was successful in applying for the development of two solar-powered plants in the Western Cape. They took part in the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme and won preferred bidder status for their two projects.
NERSA recently announced that it has approved 28 successful preferred bidders for the first phase of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme.
Evolution Markets is the world’s largest environmental commodities brokerage firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Shanghai and Cape Town. Their activities in Sub-Saharan Africa include sourcing international equity capital providers on behalf of renewable energy project developers, de-centralised solar PV project development and brokerage of carbon credits on behalf of project owners to international buyers.
The British High Commissioner in South Africa, Dame Nicola Brewer, in association with the Green Building Council of South Africa and the World Green Building Council, launched the Cato Manor Green Street case study at her residence in Pretoria on 30 July 2012.
By Thomas Kraneis, Lahmeyer InternationalThe International Energy Agency has confirmed that the target of a 2°C increase of temperatures worldwide cannot be reached and that it will be more likely between 3 to 4°C. People need to accept that the climate is rapidly changing and that they need to look at effective ways of generating energy.
Metrotile SA brings eco-friendly lightweight roofing systems, photovoltaic solar tiles and proprietary ventilation systems to the local market.
Sugarcane can be used for fuel or power generation. To date, there are a number of these projects underway in countries such as Sierra Leone, Angola and the aborted Illovo investment, which is expanding its sugarcane production in Mali, Malawi and Tanzania.
The range of integrated healthcare solutions marketed by Legrand in South Africa encompasses antimicrobial systems for use in sterile environments, including hospitals, clinics, retirement establishments and laboratories.
Energy consumption can be radically reduced by a transition to efficient lighting. Country lighting assessments released at Rio+20 analyse the benefits of shifting from inefficient light bulbs for consumers, the industrial, commercial and street lighting sectors.
The new Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon Building, which is situated in Menlyn, is testament to how green design incorporated in architecture can be used to create a building with an integrated, holistic system to save not only energy and water but also reduce the carbon footprint of its occupants.
Energy-efficiency has become entrenched as one of the core sustainability measures at the Nedbank Group, which is also one of the premier supporters of the 49M campaign, aimed at getting all South Africans to reduce electricity consumption and live more energy-efficient lifestyles.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF is developing admixtures that make concrete more durable and reduces its environmental impact. These admixtures facilitate processing, for example through improved fluidity, setting and hardening properties. And they increase the strength and durability of finished concrete structures.
Standard Bank has a 150-year history in South Africa and started building franchises in the rest of Africa in the early 1990s. The company currently operates in 18 countries on the African continent, including South Africa, as well as in other selected emerging markets.
Banks have a responsibility to become leaders by developing adequate financial mechanisms for the green economy sector to prosper.
I-Cat is a leading environmental management company supplying its clients with exceptional services and environmental-related products. They offer specialised services in carbon management and strategy development, carbon footprint quantification and certification, product lifecycle assessments and branding, environmental management, wastewater effluent management and solutions, and dust suppression solutions.
ACAD is Africa’s first project development support facility dedicated to increasing carbon project deal-flow. Its approach to market and capacity development is innovative because it is practical, investment-project specific, flexible and demand-driven.
EcoMetrix Africa is a leading company in the business of carbon management and financing with an unmatched track record in sourcing, developing and trading South African emission-reduction credits under the Clean Development Mechanism of the UNFCCC. They have a positive view on the African post-Kyoto market potential and are dedicated to make a contribution in the fight against climate change on the African continent.
BASF has a sound track record when it comes to providing innovative solutions to promote sustainable agriculture. At a recent press conference the company showcased some of its solutions that helped farmers in recent years to marry the economics of farming with sustainability.
Mali is a Western African country with a population of more than 14-million people. The country struggles to provide power to all its residents as the government faces various challenges to secure and sustain energy supply.
For South Africa to reach its goals in becoming a low carbon economy in 2013 and delivering on energy demands to sustain a growing economy is not an easy task. The government can’t reach these goals alone and needs to reach out to every energy user in the country to help them achieve this.
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