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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

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

Award-winning Two Dam Sustainable project set for growth

Over the Langeberg mountains and far away, a dilapidated farm has been transformed into a thriving off-grid Net Zero Carbon certified trout farm and self-catering accommodation. Soon, three new off-grid natural buildings will be added to the existing accommodation available to visitors. About four years ago, Vivian and Marco Harms, who were working near the Kruger National Park as a conservationist and a lodge manager, … Continue reading Award-winning Two Dam Sustainable project set for growth