1. Articles in category: Sustainable Procurement

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    1. Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      Explore MiningWeekly.com (Apr 14 2014)

      Energy Minister opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation

      Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister announced that further renewable-energy projects would be added to the list of 17 preferred projects selected in November, following the third bid window under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Eskom

    2. What is the future of sustainable procurement?

      Explore Home - Supply Business (Apr 11 2014)

      What is the future of sustainable procurement?

      Sustainability within supply chains has been an important issue for some time, as more and more companies include corporate social responsibility in their business model. The Sedex Global conference on responsible sourcing in London on Wednesday highlighted the need for transparency and collaboration if businesses are to successfully reach their sustainability goals.

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      Mentions:   London

    3. More CEOs Should Tell Anti-Environment Shareholders to Buzz Off

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 11 2014)

      More CEOs Should Tell Anti-Environment Shareholders to Buzz Off

      Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said something to a shareholder that you very rarely hear: take a hike. I’m paraphrasing, but only slightly.

      At the company’s latest shareholder meeting, a think tank, NCPPR, pushed Apple to stop pursuing environmental initiatives like investing in renewable energy. Cook went on a tirade — or at least what passes for one from the very cool and collected CEO. He made it clear that he makes choices for reasons beyond just the profit motive.

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      Mentions:   Apple   Walmart   Tim Cook

    4. How Much Do Companies Really Worry About Climate Change?

      Explore HBR Blog Network (Mar 4 2014)

      How Much Do Companies Really Worry About Climate Change?

      Are managers particularly concerned about the impacts of climate change on their businesses? If we believe the results of a recent MIT Sloan and BCG survey, the answer is no. But it may not be that dire.

      First the sobering survey results: Only 27% of respondents agreed strongly that climate change is a risk to their business — which is frightening when you think about what that says about companies’ level of readiness for the significant changes that are upon us already (extreme weather, disruptions to operations and supply chains, and the changing expectations of customers and employees). Additionally, only 11 ...

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      Mentions:   Nike   Coca-Cola   Thailand

    5. Strong focus on electricity supply, access negatively affecting climate

      Explore Polity.org.za (Mar 4 2014)

      Strong focus on electricity supply, access negatively affecting climate

      JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – At present, countries are so focused on the immediate challenges of energy security and energy access that the environmental impact associated with addressing these challenges is mostly ignored, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins said on Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   London   South Africa   Johannesburg

    6. N Cape to shine as SA’s renewable energy hub

      Explore SA News (Feb 21 2014)

      Pretoria - The Northern Cape is ready to become South Africa’s renewable energy hub through the construction of large solar and wind power stations, Premier Sylvia Lucas said on Friday.

      Speaking during the State of the Province Address, the premier said the Provincial Renewable Energy Strategy had been developed to unlock existing potential and to position the province to attract both local and foreign investment.

      “In terms of the strategy, we [will become] a net producer of renewable energy to the rest of the country by 2020.

      “The planned solar corridor stretching between ZF Mgcawu and the Pixley ka Seme ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet   Jacob Zuma

    7. Majority of suppliers identify climate change as risk

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jan 29 2014)

      More than 70 per cent of suppliers believe there is a current or future risk related to climate change that has the potential to impact their business.

      However, “regulatory uncertainty” is making businesses cautious about investing in reducing emissions.

      Research from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Accenture on supply chain sustainability found 90 per cent of companies that identified it as a current or future risk cited regulatory uncertainty as a barrier to investment.

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      Mentions:   CIPS

    8. Pressure On Renewable Energy?

      Explore Procurement Leaders Network (Jan 16 2014)

      Once again for procurement professionals the question comes back to cost versus quality, with the added factor of pressure to be seen to be sustainable.

      A growing number of governments have thrown money at renewable energy options in the past few years to win votes and encourage business to invest into sustainable energy, most typically through incentives like subsidies.

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      Mentions:   Australia   Germany

    9. McDonald’s to buy sustainable beef by 2016

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jan 8 2014)

      Fast-food chain McDonald’s has committed to sourcing “verified sustainable” beef by 2016 to improve environmental practices in the way beef is produced.  The company explained that it also wants to “support positive workplaces in the beef industry, and drive continuous improvement in animal health and welfare”.

      It added that this is a big challenge because there hasn’t been a universal definition of sustainable beef.  “That's why we joined forces with other stakeholders to build coalitions and influence industry-wide change,” the company said.

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    10. Cape-based energy firm installs R17m, 1 MW solar plant

      Explore Engineering News (Dec 10 2013)

      Cape-based energy firm installs R17m, 1 MW solar plant

      Cape-based engineering, procurement and construction company Sustainable Power Solutions and its subcontractor Renen Renewable Energy Solutions have completed the installation of a R17-million, 1 MW single-rooftop grid-tied solar plant on the roof of floorcovering manufacturer Belgotex’s factory, in Pietermaritzburg.

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      Mentions:   South Africa

    11. Futuregrowth provides R165-million for five REIPPPP projects

      Explore Engineering News (Nov 27 2013)

      Futuregrowth provides R165-million for five REIPPPP projects

      Futuregrowth Asset Management is investing R165-million in five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This brought the total number of REIPPPP projects in which Futuregrowth was involved, through its Power Debt Fund (projects in round one and two) and its Development Equity Fund (round three projects) to 23, the company said on Wednesday. .

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      Mentions:   Eskom

    12. Buy local to help create jobs: Davies

      Explore SA News (Nov 20 2013)

      South Africa is getting its own back by setting the wheels in motion on a massive campaign to get citizens to buy locally manufactured goods.  Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has appealed to the public to buy locally made products in order to help create jobs.

      Speaking at the launch of the Buyback SA Campaign in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Davies said buying locally manufactured goods will go a long way towards job creation. The campaign is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Manufacturing Circle and Proudly South African and includes an advertisement which will be ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Department of Trade and Industry

    13. Kimberley solar project to start supplying power to national grid

      Explore Polity.org.za (Nov 19 2013)

      Kimberley solar project to start supplying power to national grid

      The supply of electricity from the 50 MW Droogfontein solar project, in Kimberley, to the national grid is expected to start this week, as the commissioning of the plant gets under way.

      Once commissioning started, a small amount of electricity generated by the plant would be supplied to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid to check the equipment’s reliability.  If no problems were encountered and the reliability of the equipment was verified, the power from the inverter area would continue to flow to the Eskom grid.

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      Mentions:   Eskom

    14. Absa commits R10.8bn to REIPPPP round 3 projects

      Explore Engineering News (Nov 11 2013)

      Absa commits R10.8bn to REIPPPP round 3 projects

      Absa Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) on Monday said it would provide R10.8-billion of debt funding to a total of six projects, comprising wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), under the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

      Absa CIB committed about one-third of the total debt committed overall by South Africa’s commercial banks for the REIPPPP’s third bidding window, with the projects supported by Absa totalling a combined yearly power output of 635 MW.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Absa

    15. SA backs R34bn in renewable-energy projects

      Explore iol.co.za (Nov 4 2013)

      SA backs R34bn in renewable-energy projects

      Johannesburg - South Africa approved 33.8 billion rand ($3.3 billion) for 17 clean-energy projects in the third of five bidding rounds of a program to cut its reliance on coal.

      The Department of Energy received bids for 6,023 megawatts of capacity and allocated 1,456 megawatts, Director General Nelisiwe Magubane told reporters today in Pretoria, the capital.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Eskom

    16. Northern Cape solar power plant secures R2.8bn of funding

      Explore Engineering News (Oct 29 2013)

      Northern Cape solar power plant secures R2.8bn of funding

      In a significant show of support for South African renewable-energy projects, the European Union’s (EUs) long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has agreed to provide €210-million, or R2.8-billion, for the construction of the Ka Xu Solar One concentrated solar power (csp) plant, to be located north of Pofadder, in the Northern Cape.

      The loan, which is the first 20-year credit facility provided by the EU member State-owned institution, will be provided through South African partner banks FirstRand Bank Group and its subsidiary Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   RMB

    17. Another 17 renewables projects approved, more possible in light of competitive bids

      Explore Engineering News (Oct 29 2013)

      Another 17 renewables projects approved, more possible in light of competitive bids

      The Department of Energy (DoE) has informed another 17 renewable-energy developers that they have been appointed as preferred bidders following the conclusion of the third bid-submission round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The bidders were informed in line with the schedule outlined for the third bid-submission and despite the postponement of the official media announcement to November 4.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Jacob Zuma

    18. SAA and Boeing to develop sustainable biofuel supply chain

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Oct 16 2013)

      South African Airways is taking the lead in Africa on sustainable aviation fuels and, by setting a best practice example, can positively shape aviation biofuel efforts in the region,” said Ian Cruickshank, head of group environmental affairs at SAA. “By working with Boeing's sustainable aviation biofuel team, we will apply the best global technology to meet the unique conditions of Southern Africa, diversify our energy sources and create new opportunities for the people of South Africa.

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      Mentions:   Australia   Brazil   Africa

    19. Status of SA's large infrastructure projects

      Explore Polity.org.za (Sep 30 2013)

      Status of SA's large infrastructure projects

      The Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent  Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) was launched in August 2011 and provided for the procurement  of 3,625 MW of renewable energy from renewable energy sources, such as onshore wind, concentrated solar power,  solar photovoltaic, biomass, biogas, landfill gas and small hydro. The REIPPPP is being conducted in six phases. 

      In the First Bid Submission Phase, Preferred Bidder status was awarded to 28 proposals out of a total of 53 received by the DoE. The legal close date for the first bid submission was achieved on 5 November 2013. This secured ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Siemens   Johannesburg

    20. Eskom is caught in crosshairs of its own inaction to protect environment

      Explore Polity.org.za (Sep 20 2013)

      Eskom is caught in crosshairs of its own inaction to protect environment

      Statement by environmental organisations, state that Eskom is caught in crosshairs of its own inaction to protect environment (20/09/2013). Eskom’s response, in a statement released on Wednesday, to groundWork  and Earthlife Africa Jhb’s  concerns on the company’s application for exemption from Minimum Emission Standards (MES)  and postponement of the MES timeframes for a number of their power stations, including Medupi, is best described as contradictory and confused.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   World Bank   Sasol

    21. SA sees growing solar technology opportunities

      Explore Engineering News (Sep 3 2013)

      SA sees growing solar technology opportunities

      The cost of solar technologies has come down dramatically over the past few years, making this an increasingly viable form of renewable energy for South Africa, attendees at the Solar Indaba were told on Tuesday. The indaba, being held in Cape Town, has drawn 250 industry executives, government officials, bankers and entrepreneurs from across the South African solar sphere.

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      Mentions:   Asia   South Africa   Germany

    22. UN publishes sustainable procurement guidance

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 23 2013)

      The United Nations has launched two initiatives to boost sustainability in its procurement. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Global Compact have joined forces to produce a “vendor outreach programme”, including web-based materials, training and guidance to “ensure that products and services purchased by UNDP are sustainable”.

      At the same time the UNDP is rolling out a policy that rewards suppliers who demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, along with a new Practitioner’s Guide to Sustainable Procurement. - See more at: http://www.supplymanagement.com/news/2013/un-publishes-sustainable-procurement-guidance/#sthash.zzOjK4Dn.dpuf
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      Mentions:   CIPS   United Nations

    23. Green is Good, but Bottom Line Still a Major Supply Chain Management Concern

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Aug 12 2013)

      When AlixPartners asked 150 C-level & senior executives at U.S. and European companies about the importance of incorporating “green” practices in their company’s supply chain, they received some surprising – and revealing answers. Overall, the global business-advisory firm’s survey found that while most executives recognize the importance of sustainability, cost is still a major factor and trumps environmental impact as a driver of behavior.

       

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    24. The eight principles of sustainable construction procurement

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 2 2013)

      The UK Government has announced eight procurement principles for construction projects derived from lessons learned from the Olympic Games. London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games The Legacy: Sustainable Procurement for Construction Projects places sustainability at the top of the list of priorities for public sector buyers.    The eight principles are:

       1.    Seek a clear and public commitment to sustainability at the highest level of the organisation.

       2.    Prepare thoroughly: early consideration of sustainability.

       3.    Set specific, clear, and challenging sustainability targets from the outset.

       

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      Mentions:   London

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