South Africa needs R178bn to help transition from coal, study says

South Africa needs a climate finance transaction of $11 billion (R178 billion) to help the country transition from coal to renewable energy and to soften the blow for communities dependent on the mining and use of the fossil fuel, a University of Cape Town study said. South Africa, through state utility Eskom Holdings, is almost entirely dependent on coal for electricity. The country produces the same quantity of greenhouse gases as the UK, which has an economy eight times larger. “The study envisions a climate finance transaction of $11 billion…

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A successful sustainability model: Air Products SA’s state-of-the-art dissolved acetylene facility

  Air Products South Africa unveiled a dissolved acetylene (DA) facility in Midvaal two years ago with two clear objectives: to centralise the manufacturing of acetylene at a single dedicated high volume production facility, but more importantly to design it in such a way that it was aligned to the latest global trends in process technology, health, safety and environmental management. Guided by Air Products’ global engineering standards as well as years of management and operational experience, the in-house Air Products project team designed and constructed the facility to incorporate…

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Toyota wants zero carbon dioxide emissions from Durban plant

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is investing in solar energy at its manufacturing plant in Prospection in Durban, with the aim of achieving zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the factory by 2050. TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby confirmed that the company has been installing photovoltaic (PV) panels around its plant site since 2016. Three megawatts (MW) of solar power was installed at a cost of R33 million – saving 3 600 tons of CO2 a year. These initiatives involved generating solar power from PV panels on the roofs of its blanking…

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