Posts tagged as carbon

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 […]

The critical role of buildings in the green energy transition

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report which explores the critical role buildings can play in meeting climate change ambitions, using a portfolio of clean energy solutions that exist today. This is the executive summary of that report. The global energy sector is not on track for a low-carbon transition. The world’s energy […]

Section 12J: The secret to a more competitive tariff

Section 12J of the Income Tax Act was introduced by Treasury to encourage South Africans to invest in the local economy. This incentive is centred around the formation of a Section 12J Venture Capital Company (“Section 12J company”) which generally invests (similarly to private equity funds) into specific asset classes, be it, renewable energy, hospitality, […]

Solar farm offsets tonnes of carbon emissions

One of the world’s largest solar power companies has announced that its first solar power project of 68 MWp in Mexico started commercial operations recently. The solar plant, located in Aguascalientes, Mexico, is powered by over 200 000 Canadian Solar high-efficiency poly modules CS6U-P. The plant will generate 145 GWh of electricity annually, enough to […]

Potential impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa

For as long as markets have existed, businesses and industries have been disrupted by new technology. While the shape of decline has looked different in each industry, every structural change or “transition” has resulted in losses which have impacted investors, banks, workers and government. Transitions associated with climate change pose great risks to established economic […]

The life-saving urgency of reducing air pollution

The severity of the impact of climate change on health is increasingly clear. A report tabled by the World Heath Organisation (WHO) following the recent COP24 meeting in Poland, presents important findings and makes vital recommendations.  The drivers of climate change – principally fossil fuel combustion – pose a heavy burden of disease, including a major […]

Carbon emissions set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) carbon emissions from advanced economies set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years, reversing a declining trend. The organisation reports that the world’s advanced economies will see an uptick in their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions this year, bucking a five year-long decline. Based on the latest […]

Largest rooftop solar PV solution in South Africa

The Mall of Africa’s solar PV system, which covers an area of approximately 45 000m² (4,5 ha), is the largest rooftop grid‐tied PV system of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the tenth largest worldwide. The solution is estimated to produce 7800 MWh annually. The energy generated by the solution supports the mall’s day‐to‐day […]