How urban consumption drives global GHG emissions

  Cities drive the global economy, and urban decisions have an impact well beyond city boundaries. A new report by C40, Arup and the University of Leeds assesses the impact of urban consumption on climate breakdown and explores the type and scale of changes needed to ensure that C40 cities reduce their GHG emissions in […]

Leading in renewable energy finance

Even a brief search of the headlines of newspapers around the world will leave one in no doubt that the threat posed by climate change has morphed from being solely a focus of climate activists to one of global concern. The climate emergency is now being recognised at board level, so contributing towards meeting the […]

Call for papers: 2019 SAEEC Conference

The president of the board of the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC), invites members in good standing to submit an abstract for consideration to speak at the 2019 SAEEC Conference to be held on 14 and 15 November 2019 at Farm Inn, Silver Lakes, Pretoria. 2019 SAEEC aims to enable discussions around sustainability of […]

Government sued over Eskom’s ongoing air pollution

Environmental groups take government to the High Court over the ongoing violation of people’s Constitutional right to clean air. The groups claim pollution from Eskom’s coal-fired power plants in the Highveld Priority Area violates residents’ right to a healthy environment under the South African Constitution. On Friday, 7 June 2019, environmental justice group GroundWork and […]

Barbara Creecy faces first major court action as SA’s new minister of environmental affairs

. Just days after World Environment Day on Wednesday 5 June 2019, South Africa’s new Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy, faces a huge wake-up call as environmental justice groups  launch a major legal action demanding that government clean up the air in the Mpumalanga Highveld. On Friday 7 June 2019, groundWork […]

Impacts and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref

. A new study report on the air quality and health effects of air pollution by Eskom, Sasol Synfuels and Natref in and around South Africa’s Highveld Priority Area (HPA) provides shocking evidence of the harmful effects caused by these organisations to the environment and to human health. The study report by Dr Gray is […]

Extending the investment in renewable energy in SA

Reatile Renewables has taken up a 20% shareholding in Juwi Renewable Energies’ EPC company, which is currently building three projects for Round 4 of South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producers procurement programme (REIPPPP), totalling 250 MW of grid-connected solar PV. Reatile formally entered into the agreement, with the signing of the papers by Simphiwe […]