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Preparations underway for COP18

The last Conference of Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Durban, South Africa in December 2011 and came out with the Durban Platform of Enhanced Action (DPEA). The next round of talks...

Smart grids – intelligent electricity networks

Smart grids. Smart metering. If you are the kind of person who is regularly to be found around conferences where utilities and especially power supplies issues are discussed, you will be familiar with these words. In fact, you may even be one of...

Water scarcity is a harsh reality!

South Africa can address its ever-increasing ecological footprint by looking at its commodities holistically, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF SA) said on Tuesday. “We need a more integrated view of our landscapes,” Deon Nel, head of...

Local landfills at critical stage warns IWMSA

With waste to landfill becoming an ever critical concern, particularly in certain regions, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) calls to attention the necessity for managing all waste streams, especially that of organic...

Hydrocarbons no more!

A revolutionary new mobile self contained trailer for oily water separation has been introduced to the local market by environmental management company, Procon Environmental Technologies. Industrial operations in South Africa can now benefit from...

Lead to be eliminated from all plastic pipes

The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) is workings towards eliminating lead entirely from all locally-manufactured plastic pipe products. SAPPMA was established to create absolute quality, trust and integrity...

DEA drives emissions report

by Harmke Immink, director at carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and emission reductions from the South African economy have been collected and reported in various forms and for various purposes since 2000. The...

G8 Summit crucial for Africa’s sustainability

Four African leaders are participating in this year’s G8 summit at Camp David on 19 May in a discussion session on accelerating progress towards food security in Africa. The statement signed by the White House spokesperson Jay Carney indicated that...