Cheers! Darling Brew is first Green Star SA rated brewery

It was recognised as the first carbon neutral brewery in 2018 and now, the craft beer haven in Darling in the Western Cape has become the first brewery to get it’s Green Stars. Sustainability consultants Ecolution explain that Darling Brew has received a 4 Star Existing Building Performance Green Star SA Certification from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).  This rating monitors performance over … Continue reading Cheers! Darling Brew is first Green Star SA rated brewery

WATCH: Recycling superstars recognised

Fourteen plastic recycling champions across 11 competition categories were announced at the 2019 PETCO Awards, which celebrate people and organisations making strides in sustainability at grassroots level in South Africa. The national plastic industry body’s PET Recycling Company (PETCO) paid tribute to the efforts of the companies and individuals making a difference to the South African environment through their wide-ranging initiatives related to plastic recycling. … Continue reading WATCH: Recycling superstars recognised

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Fresh air activism in SA

“Beat air pollution” is the theme for World Environment Day 2019, hosted by the United Nations (UN). Every year on 5 June, World Environment Day draws attention to environmental issues that need urgent intervention. Nine out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, says the UN. Air pollution is identified as the most important health issue of our time, causing one in nine deaths globally … Continue reading Fresh air activism in SA

Treasury to investigate single-use plastics tax

In the 2019 Budget, National Treasury stated that “government will investigate a tax on single-use plastics including straws, caps, beverage cups and lids, and containers to curb their use and encourage recycling.” This will come as part of the draft Environmental Fiscal Reform Policy Paper, which National Treasury says it will publish this year. This paper will outline options to reform existing environmental taxes to … Continue reading Treasury to investigate single-use plastics tax

SA’s first Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating awarded

South Africa’s first Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating has been achieved by the team from consultancy Terramanzi and property owner and developer Garden Cities.  The project achieving this significant milestone is the Northridge Coastal Estate, which is phase 13A of Garden Cities’ Sunningdale development, bordering the Blouberg conservation area near Cape Town. Design of this ‘eco-village’ portion of the development started in 2014, and bulk infrastructure … Continue reading SA’s first Green Star Sustainable Precincts rating awarded

Ten Questions with André Harms

After spending 14 months in the frozen, isolated natural beauty of Antarctica, leading the South Africa research team, André Harms returned home determined to work toward improving the way the built environment and natural environment interact. He started the sustainability consultancy Ecolution, in Cape Town, which has recently scooped innovation awards for the Net Zero Energy project Two Dam Sustainable.  1. Where do you go … Continue reading Ten Questions with André Harms

President launches SA’s green tech hub

The Atlantis special economic zone (SEZ) is a 124.5-hectare area designated for the establishment of a green technology hub in the Western Cape, focused on green tech, alternative waste management, energy-efficient technology and alternative building materials. “The Atlantis Zone has already attracted four large green tech investors, which are fully operational,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa, who officially launched the Atlantis Special Economic Zone in early … Continue reading President launches SA’s green tech hub