Yearly Archives: 2017

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11 12, 2017

Boilers – Do You Need An AEL?

You may believe that your company’s manufacturing processes do not result in any harmful emissions. However, if you are running an industrial boiler on your premises, you may well need to apply for an Atmospheric Emission License (AEL). In 2013, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) declared that a small boiler is a controlled emitter [...]

13 11, 2017

‘Choking’ on clean air goals a reality check

Press Release: November 2017 South Africa is in danger of ‘choking’ in its bid to meet specific clean air goals, but failure to hit early targets may result in greater pragmatism and yet lead to air quality gains, according to Gondwana Environmental Solutions. The environmental management services company has cautioned against “excessive pessimism” as the [...]

6 11, 2017

Holy smoke! – does your business need stack monitoring?

Ever wondered what’s in the air that you breathe at your business premises? If you are running a company, and manufacturing or doing anything that produces smoke or other emissions, air quality should be one of your primary concerns. Not only is air pollution dangerous to the health of those living and working near your [...]

30 10, 2017

Inventory Management Systems

South Africa, as part of its mandatory reporting requirements to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is required to produce National greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories biennially. These inventories account for the nations emissions in five main sectors: Energy, Industry, Waste, Transport and Agriculture Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU). The inventory [...]

22 09, 2017

Would the real climate change please stand up

There is little doubt that, around the world, the man in the street is as confused by climate change science as well as its rebuttal from the sceptics. The amount of information on the Internet on the topic is overwhelming.  The more you and I read, probably the more confused we become.  Scientists oppose their [...]

29 08, 2017

Gondwana rolls out plan to make ‘green graduates’ job-ready

Gondwana Environmental Solutions, the Roodepoort-based provider of environmental monitoring, mitigation and management services, announced the rollout of a unique associate programme designed to address the growing challenge of graduate unemployment. The programme was successfully piloted last year and enters phase two this coming October. Gondwana associateships give young professionals the opportunity to obtain practical work [...]

7 08, 2017

Dispersion Modelling

Cities such as Athens, Los Angeles and Mexico are notorious for being highly polluted. So much so, that from time to time, vehicle restrictions and even compulsory shutdown of industries are initiated. With the economy around the world as it is, hampering productivity would need to be scientifically founded. Regional scale air quality models are [...]

1 08, 2017

Boreholes

As part of the water cycle, groundwater soaks into the ground from rainfall and through surface water. Gravity draws the water down until it reaches a depth where the ground is saturated. A geological formation which can hold water or permit substantial water movement through it is known as an aquifer. In nature, water from [...]

19 06, 2017

Drowning in Waste: Waste Management Plan

Waste management in South Africa is a serious concern. Approximately 108 million tonnes of waste was generated in 2011, with 91% of the waste ending up in landfills. Waste generation can cut into your bottom line and ultimately has a large negative impact on the environment. For a win-win solution, you need to have a [...]

5 06, 2017

Help your business adapt to the consequences of climate change

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, the continent is the less…..” “Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the [...]