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10 07, 2018

What role does Industry play in Prevention of air pollution

The question many people are asking, is air pollution a problem in South Africa?  In short, it is, and it will get worse if the industry does not follow the legislative requirements as set out in the Air Quality Act, 39 of 2004 (AQA). The burning of Fossil Fuels emitted from the combustion of fossil [...]

22 05, 2018

Why E-Waste Is Becoming One of the World’s Biggest Pollution Problems

What do you do with old MP3 players, a Fitbit that can’t be repaired, a faulty USB stick or a computer mouse that has long passed it's sell-by date? E-waste, also known as electronic waste, contains a number of harmful components such as mercury, lead, lithium, and cadmium, which end up in landfills. Not only [...]

2 04, 2018

Which Businesses Can Benefit From Industrial Waste Management?

Industrial waste management has become an essential part of industry operations since the ghastly effects of industrial pollution have come to light. More and more businesses are realising the contribution their operations could be having on global warming, air, water and soil pollution, the extinction of wildlife and the negative impact on human health. What [...]

26 03, 2018

Are Waste-To-Energy Plants the Alternative Future to SA Landfills?

Sustainable waste management solutions are top of mind for many countries. Many governments and private companies in South Africa are looking at the viability of waste-to-energy solutions as an increasing number of people are realising that waste doesn’t have to end up in landfills – it can be turned into energy, a valuable resource that [...]

5 02, 2018

Inside the Cape water crisis – An environmental impact perspective

Cape Town, the second most populous city in South Africa, is experiencing the worst drought in recorded history. 3 years of prolonged drought have put Cape Town in a dire situation, where the taps are expected to run dry in May 2018. With Cape Town now entering the dry season with their dams less than [...]

22 01, 2018

Climate Change – Is Your Company Doing Its Bit to Reduce GHG Emissions?

It has been over 2 years since world leaders met and formulated The Paris Agreement: discussing climate change, greenhouse gasses (GHG) and what we as a global community can do about it. South African regulations in line with The Paris Agreement have been in the pipeline ever since. In April last year (2017), the Minister [...]

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 [...]