Climate Change

Volume 7, Number 5 - September/October 2012

The winners of the annual Women in Water Awards were announced on 13 August in the Free State. The Shomang Sebenzani Development Initiative, Khiphikhono Disabled Organisation and Mzilela Community Garden Cooperative were announced as the winners in the four main categories.
The South African Department of Water Affairs’ second draft National Water Resources Strategy (NWRS2) was gazetted on 27 August 2012, following Cabinet’s approval. The NWRS2 will be available to stakeholders for a period of 90 days to make comments and suggestions.
The week of 30 July 2012 to 3 August 2012 was South Africa’s National Science Week. BASF partnered with the University of Pretoria to host The Kids Lab, where a series of water experiments were conducted together with the Sci-Enza Centre of the University of Pretoria at the Sci-Enza Science Centre in Pretoria.
The Mossel Bay Desalination Plant, which cost R210-million to build, can produce 15-million megalitres of water a day, but currently puts out only 5-million megalitres of water, as the drought in the region has subsided. This is used entirely by the synthetic petroleum plant, PetroSA, the town’s largest water user.
Could desalination mitigate South Africa’s growing demand for fresh water? According to the South Africa Desalination Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2017, conducted by TechSci Research, the answer is a clear yes.
When embarking upon carbon footprint reduction initiatives and looking to reduce resource usage to decrease costs, many organisations fail to take one all-important area into account: water. Inefficient use of water, wastage and leaks all add up. Rip Wyma of Shared Energy Management discusses water conservation options.
Kaytech EnviroFix has provided a customised solution to waterproofing the Jonkersdrift Dam near Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
The Terraforce segmental block-retaining wall system was used for the high wall required to support earth fill and cut slopes of a new road for the Cape Flats Wastewater Treatment Works in an environmentally sensitive region.
The Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System has incorporated an energy-efficient solar harvesting system to its new bus depot in Soweto.
Promethium Carbon is a dedicated carbon and climate change advisory firm, based in Johannesburg South Africa. With a vision to making a difference in climate change in Africa and a focus on technical expertise our team of climate change professionals, assist businesses, ranging from small businesses to multinational entities on their journey towards a low carbon economy.
Pyrotemp Services has teamed up with the Endress+Hauser network in order to become a leading supplier of temperature sensors. Here is a look into the company’s history and how they have grown from a one-man operation into a global company over the past 42 years.
I-CAT is a leading environmental management company which is supplying its clients with exceptional services and environmental-related products. The company has built a trailer that demonstrates the effectiveness of its water treatment technology.
BASF and the Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers (CRC-P) have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a new range of advanced polymers that will help farmers to better manage water and nutrients in the soil. The project partners will focus on a range of polymers that optimise the growing conditions for plants in the soil.
The award-winning South African company SSI Engineers and Environmental Consultants (Pty) Ltd now operates as Royal HaskoningDHV. This follows a merger between the DHV Group – which was SSI’s major shareholder – and the Dutch engineering group Royal Haskoning, providing SSI with a strong base of international expertise for the expansion of its existing markets both locally and in the rest of Africa.
The Department of Environmental Affairs recently announced that its National Environmental: Integrated Coastal Management Act (Act No 24 of 2008), also known as the ICM Act, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 World Future Policy Award.
Visionary innovators and industry leaders united for Frost & Sullivan’s second annual growth, innovation and leadership (GIL) event, which was held on 23 August at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. Attendees shared best practices, engaged in discussions around new trends reshaping the future of business and inspired new ideas for rethinking and strengthening company growth strategies.
Ecospray sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) presents the ideal solution for long-term insulation.
25° in Africa takes a look at effective metering for energy saving, the use of accurate data for better decision-making and touches on the efficacy of cloud computing.
Sasol ChemCity believes that entrepreneurship forms one of the cornerstones of driving economic and social change. As one of its key focus areas, this business incubator strives to build “dignified” homes by using several new technologies.
Senior executives and government leaders need fact-based strategic insights to tackle critical public and private sector issues with regard to smarter water and energy usage. One of the key aspects to consider is consumer education.
As a global energy management company with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in utilities and infrastructures, industries and machine manufacturers, non-residential buildings, data centres and networks and residential.
Europe’s largest selling engine coolant from BASF, Glysantin, will be exhibited at this year’s Automechanika Expo in Frankfurt during September. Glysantin offers coolant and antifreeze, and engine protection from corrosion and overheating.
The production of passenger vehicles (cars and light trucks) rose from 74,4-million in 2010 to 76,8-million in 2011. The year 2012 may bring an all-time high of 80-million or more vehicles, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute.
New inner-city transport and traffic concepts can help to steer rapid urbanisation in a more sustainable direction.
A new multi-use modular solution to low- and medium-income housing could present a sustainable solution to South Africa’s housing backlog.
The Cabinet recently lifted its moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo. 25° in Africa gives an industry perspective on the current developments.
Although South Africa does not have significant proven gas reserves, the potential for indigenous natural gas reserves being found remains a possibility.
25° in Africa looks at the market forces that are set to drive South Africa’s petrochemicals, gas and oil sector in the third quarter of 2012.
The active engagement of CO2-emitting companies will be critical as the government prepares a White Paper on Carbon Tax.
EU battles with ETSThe Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) of the EU – one of the cornerstones of the EU climate policy – is experiencing difficulty as certificates fail to find buyers in times of recession. The European Commission has moved to change the auction time profile as a result.
Andrew Gilder, senior associate, Edward Nathan SonnenbergsIntroduction“May you live in interesting times . . .” – or so the Chinese proverb is supposed to run. For those working in the climate change and carbon markets, the adage applies no less aptly to current dynamics than to the period of breathless anticipation that existed before the Kyoto Protocol came into operation in February 2005. In fact, the similarities between present circumstances and the turmoil and uncertainty that existed in the middle of the last decade, in relation to the (then) nascent carbon market and the conflicting messages emanating from the international…
A unique carbon credit project has been implemented by MTN at its office park in Johannesburg. The first of its kind in the South African telecoms industry, this initiative has also been registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project with the United Nations (UN).
More than 40 000 people attended Rio+20. It was the biggest United Nations conference ever held. According to secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, the event was a huge success as about 700 commitments from various authorities and industry leaders across all sectors were made towards sustainable developments.
Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda has made significant economic progress. This small, land-locked country’s economy continued to grow strongly in 2011 and significant progress in poverty reduction has been achieved, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) report, Fourth Review Under the Policy Support Instrument and Request for Modification of Assessment Criteria. In recent years, economic activity was driven by a large increase in agricultural output, robust exports and strong domestic demand.
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