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

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

SAEEC Energy Award winners

The yearly Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEE) Conference took place in mid-November, and the SAEEC Energy Awards Ceremony recognised outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the industry. Congratulations to the 2018 Award winners: Energy Innovator of the Year went to the outspoken Songo Didiza who founded the Green Building Design Group and has been instrumental in engaging both the private and public sectors … Continue reading SAEEC Energy Award winners

Global green building activity up, but not always certified

According to the World Green Building Trends 2018 report, more people will be making the majority (over 60%) of their building projects green buildings, however, not all of those will be certified projects. So although green activity is increasing, strategic certification is taking place. “The gap among those doing the majority of their projects green and those who are actually seeking certification on the majority of … Continue reading Global green building activity up, but not always certified

Afrisam-SAIA Sustainable Architecture Award winners

The AfriSam-SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture and Innovation were recently awarded to nine outstanding South African projects. “The recipients of the various awards have demonstrated that if we each take responsibility in shifting our own behaviour, we can trigger the type of change that is necessary to achieve sustainability for human other organisms on our planet. They have taught us that we can change our … Continue reading Afrisam-SAIA Sustainable Architecture Award winners

Design for recycling

Petco, the plastic bottle recycling industry body, will soon release a guideline document with information on what to consider when designing bottles, to ensure improved recyclability. Petco, is also piloting a tool to rate the recyclability of different plastic bottles. The organisation hopes to share this with its members and is seeking input on how to ensure the tool is as accurate and user-friendly as possible. … Continue reading Design for recycling