July 2011 saw Coca-Cola company Valpré open doors to one of the greenest manufacturing plants to ever hit South African soil. Located near a high quality water source southeast of Johannesburg in a town called Heidelberg.
The environmental friendliness of packaging is a big topic at the moment. We as consumers are becoming more conscious of packaging’s impact and how it can be the cause of irreparable damage to the environment, such as congesting the oceans or taking thousands of years to decompose.
Fossil fuels, oil and the energy-intensive nature of petrol production means that many countries are focusing on biofuel production. While South Africa seems to have the policies and plans in place, commercial biofuel production hasn’t materialised yet.
Over a million litres of vegetable cooking oil used by the Spur Corporation across three of its restaurant operations in the Western Cape, have been converted to biodiesel to power a range of fishing vessels, trucks and mining equipment.
South Africa has lifted a moratorium on shale gas exploration in the country’s semi-arid Karoo region, where the extraction technique of “fracking” might be deployed, minister in the presidency Collins Chabane said on Friday.
South Africa is ready to establish itself as a competitive market for investment within the Brics network, while embarking on efforts to make its economy greener and harnessing a successful energy sector.
According to the National Water Resource Strategy, South Africa will face a deficit of -17% of demand by 2030 under current efficiency levels. SAB expects this picture to change considerably with domestic water use increasing by 2025 as the population rises.
Cape Town joined an exclusive club of four when it signed the official host city agreement for World Design Capital 2014. Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille and Soon-in Lee, the president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), did the honours on Friday, 28 June.
One of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Southern Africa, has plans for a 62-turbine wind farm near Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape. The project is expected to create 200 jobs.