Join us at Africa Energy Indaba 2020
The 12th Africa Energy Indaba Conference, taking place on 3 – 4 March 2020 in Cape Town will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across Africa. A diverse group of high profile speakers will share real-world insights about the changing energy landscape in Africa.
Join us at the first Limpopo Industrial Symbiosis Symposium where the NCPC-SA, in collaboration with Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), will share how a sustainable economy can be promoted through resource efficiency and waste exchange programmes.
The 2-day Life Cycle Management (LCM) training workshops will raise awareness and understanding about life cycle management in South Africa, and aims to build capacity of life cycle management practices within organisations.
Industrial Symbiosis Business Opportunity Workshop
Join us at the Mpumalanga Industrial Symbiosis Business Opportunity Workshop in Secunda and learn more about the benefits of industrial symbiosis and opportunities to improve waste utilisation and waste management. If recycling industrial waste is too expensive, or not recycleable, then the Mpumalanga Industrial Symbiosis Programme will help facilitate resource exchanges with other businesses or entrepreneurs.
The 2019 Hall of Fame for energy efficiency was awarded to NCPC-SA’s Alfred Hartzenburg by the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) at the 14th Annual Southern African Energy Efficiency Conference, Exhibition and Energy Awards function held at the Farm Inn, Pretoria, South Africa.
Heeding industry’s outcry against the Carbon Tax Act 15 of 2019, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) elevated this topic at the Industrial Efficiency Conference 2019. The Centre engaged industry experts and government representatives to shed light on why government introduced the carbon tax, and how industry can reduce tax liabilities.
In response to a question of why the government signed into law the Carbon Tax Act, Sharlin Hemraj, National Treasury Director for the Environment and Fuel Taxes, posed a rhetorical question asking, “If not carbon tax, then what to address climate change?” She emphasised that the carbon tax is governments way of nudging industry to shift towards a sustainable growth path.
South Africa is ranked as the 14th country in the world for greenhouse emissions. Data released in August 2019 by NASA satellites illustrates that the area around Kriel in Mpumalanga is now the world's second biggest sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions hotspot in the world. These statistics reiterate the need for South Africa’s industry to make the shift.
The Act, which came into effect on 1 June 2019, imposes a carbon tax on emitters of greenhouse gases, of which industry is one of the biggest contributor. “Industry carries the second largest burden for reducing carbon emissions,” confirmed Sharlin.
Alf Hartzenburg, NCPC-SA’s National Project Manager for the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project, explained that, “When the rest of the world started moving away from carbon we continued to pursue it.” He noted that the NCPC-SA struggles to convince industry to consider carbon emission projects as important. “Short-term profits are what informs decisions,” he disclosed.
Joslin Lydall, Carbon Tax Energy and Resource Efficiency Accredited SANAS M&V Technical Signatory, reminded the delegates that, “The carbon tax has a number of incentives.” She highlighted these as a way in which industry can reduce carbon tax liabilities. Amongst these is the carbon off-set allowance, which allows for industry to claim carbon credits.
The introduction of the carbon tax, and subsequent incentives, is helping to re-frame industry attitude. “The very thought of paying a penalty has reached the boardroom,” says Sharlin. She advised that now is the time to gain buy-in for previously disregarded sustainability projects to help off-set industry’s carbon emissions.
Applications now open for Global Chemical Leasing Award 2020
Applications are now open for the Global Chemical Leasing Award 2020. The Award intends to showcase commitments to innovative and sustainable management principles, and will acknowledge best practices, innovative approaches and ideas related to Chemical Leasing and similar performance-based business models for sustainable chemicals management.
Industrial Symbiosis in action
Join us at the Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis Business Opportunity Workshop in Ekandustria and learn more about the benefits of industrial symbiosis and opportunities to improve waste utilisation and waste management. If recycling industrial waste is too expensive, or not recycleable, then the Gauteng Industrial Symbiosis Programme will help facilitate resource exchanges with other businesses or entrepreneurs.
Industrial Symbiosis in action
Join us at the Limpopo Industrial Symbiosis Business Opportunity Workshop and learn more about the benefits of industrial symbiosis and opportunities to improve waste utilisation and waste management. If recycling industrial waste is too expensive, or not recycleable, then the Limpopo Industry Symbiosis Programme will help facilitate resource exchanges with other businesses or entrepreneurs.