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CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago
CTICC uses millions of litres less water per year than five years ago

CTICC, in an effort to reduce water consumption, has implemented a number of initiatives to further curtails its use of potable and irrigation water...

10 hours ago

Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour
Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour

With 75% of hotels' environmental impact being directly related to excessive consumption, we have committed to transforming ourselves and, in turn, the environment, by adopting a more eco-friendly approach...

2 days ago

Ecocubo's alternative living space
Eco-friendly digs for the modern nomad

The University of Porto (UPTEC), Portuguese startup Ecocubo has created a prefab perfect for travellers...

By Bo Bushwinkel 16 Mar 2017

Implementing zero-emission deliveries
Implementing zero-emission deliveries

This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world's first all-electric heavy duty truck to market in a small series...

10 Mar 2017

Four-star Green Star rating for Windhoek's @Parkside
Four-star Green Star rating for Windhoek's @Parkside

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa has achieved a four-star Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings' @Parkside building...

9 Mar 2017

WWF urges Eskom to back renewables
WWF urges Eskom to back renewables

In a petition, WWF South Africa is calling on Eskom to expedite the use of renewable energy in the country...

1 Mar 2017

Flight to greener aviation fuel has hit turbulence – here's why
Flight to greener aviation fuel has hit turbulence – here's why

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, one of the biggest hurdles is the world's addiction to flying...

By Simon Blakey 1 Mar 2017

Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit
Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit

The sustainability efforts of Ceres Fruit Growers is bearing fruit - saving the environment and the bottom line in the process...

28 Feb 2017

Public invited to comment on draft regulations
Public invited to comment on draft regulations

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has invited any interested parties to submit written comments on the draft regulations on the reclamation of land from coastal waters...

27 Feb 2017

GSMA report encourages government policies for inclusive digital economies
GSMA report encourages government policies for inclusive digital economies

The GSMA has released its Embracing the Digital Revolution: Policies for Building the Digital Economy report which encourages governments to pursue policies that incentivise investment and promote development of digital economies...

27 Feb 2017

Students harness the sun to purify water
Students harness the sun to purify water

This device could aid households that only have access to contaminated water...

By Emile Uys 24 Feb 2017

Joanne van der Walt, Sage Foundation manager, Africa
Sage launches $1m fund to inspire African innovation

The Sage Foundation recently launched a $1m enterprise fund open to non-profits in Africa with enterprising ideas to help improve the lives of military veterans, young people or women and girls...

23 Feb 2017

South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan
SAREC welcomes finance minister's support

SAREC has welcomed confirmation in the 2017 Budget Speech that the IPP energy programmes is an imperative to boost the economy...

23 Feb 2017

Morocco tops new survey on quality of African urban life
Morocco tops new survey on quality of African urban life

Four Moroccan cities, led by Marrakesh, ranked among the top 10 African cities for quality of life in a new survey published on Tuesday, 21 February...

23 Feb 2017

SA investors rising to green building challenge as globe heats up
SA investors rising to green building challenge as globe heats up

Progressively, more South African property investors are rising to the challenge of mitigating climate change...

22 Feb 2017

Mobile app promotes, awards acts of random kindness
Mobile app promotes, awards acts of random kindness

Change our World for Good has worked with Net#work BBDO to develop a mobile Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) App, which encourages users to set goals for performing random acts of kindness and rewards them...

22 Feb 2017

2016 GCIP-SA runner-up Martin Ackermann of Thevia
SA entrepreneurs honoured at Cleantech Week

Yolandi Schoeman of Baoberry and Martin Ackermann of Thevia were recently honoured at the Global Forum during the 2017 Cleantech Week in San Francisco...

21 Feb 2017

Weaning off oil, Scottish islands eye renewable future
Weaning off oil, Scottish islands eye renewable future

Strong winds and stormy seas have helped turn the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic into a European renewable energy giant, producing more power than it knows what to do with...

21 Feb 2017

The 20th century saw a 23-fold increase in natural resources used for building
The 20th century saw a 23-fold increase in natural resources used for building

The volume of natural resources used in buildings and transport infrastructure increased 23-fold between 1900 and 2010, according to our research...

By Heinz Schandl and Fridolin Krausmann 20 Feb 2017

Eskom looks set to drag feet on signing PPAs - SAREC
Eskom looks set to drag feet on signing PPAs - SAREC

According to the SA Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), signs are already emerging that Eskom will drag its feet wherever possible to resist signing outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable producers...

17 Feb 2017

A better way to harvest water from air
A better way to harvest water from air

Tested in the arid regions of Morocco, the CloudFisher claims to be the next generation in fog collecting...

By Jamie Matroos 16 Feb 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies
Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies

Sub-Saharan Africa trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy...

16 Feb 2017

Africa pays for fragmented cities, study finds
Africa pays for fragmented cities, study finds

In a city such as London, commuters who travel for an hour to get to work pass 2.5-million jobs on the way...

By Hilary Joffe 16 Feb 2017

Professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the JCSE
Wits launches CEFF Digital Innovation Challenge

Wits has launched its Campus Personal Navigator Challenge which aims to develop innovative systems to assist students with visual and physical disabilities to independently navigate Wits' vast campus...

15 Feb 2017

Breathing cities: China's first vertical forest to combat pollution
Breathing cities: China's first vertical forest to combat pollution

Stefano Boeri Architetti is building another vertical forest to curb the pollution problem...

By Lolita Pukwana 15 Feb 2017

SOSA Investments launches Project Light campaign
SOSA Investments launches Project Light campaign

SOSA Investments recently launched its first Project Light campaign with the aim of donating 50,000 solar-powered lanterns to underprivileged grade three learners so as to replace their current use of kerosene lamps...

13 Feb 2017

Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid
Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid

Powering the Impala Platinum Refinery using fuel cell technology...

13 Feb 2017

Government committed to independent power producers programme
Government committed to independent power producers programme

With the end of load shedding, government is now more committed to the Independent Power Producers Programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, 9 February...

13 Feb 2017

Our cities are full - we need new ones
Our cities are full - we need new ones

By 2050, the UN predicts that cities will somehow accommodate a massive 2.5-billion more people...

By Matt Coetzee 9 Feb 2017

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