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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. .(Read Full Article)
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 ...
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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).(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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 ...(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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.(Read Full Article)
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(Read Full Article)
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.
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.
Standard Bank’s new R2.7bn office development in Rosebank joins eight other buildings in South Africa to have achieved a five-star Green Star rating, and adds to the number of financial institutions and companies moving into "green buildings". About 10% of the 5,000 employees to be housed in the building at 30 Baker Street have moved in, while the remainder are expected to move in by the end of the year. The trend towards green buildings is expected to accelerate, pushed by escalating electricity costs and pressure on companies, especially multinationals, to locate themselves in more sustainable offices.
Coca-Cola has increased efforts to make its supply chain more sustainable by announcing a series of new targets in the areas of sourcing, water use and carbon dioxide emissions. The drinks producer, which is working with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on its sustainability programme, announced a target of improving water efficiency by 25 per cent among a series of sustainability goals for 2020.It also pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions of its drinks by a quarter and to work with the WWF to ensure that materials for its PlantBottle, which is manufactured entirely from plant materials ...(Read Full Article)
There is an indisputable need to worry about the supply of water to Lephalale, where Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station is situated, writes David Gleason. The power station, which will employ a dry-cooling method that doesn’t use evaporation to cool the water, will nevertheless require 6-billion litres of water a year without a flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) plant, and 14-billion litres a year with such a plant. Those numbers are Eskom’s, and they are at huge variance to those produced by James Blignaut, whose scientific paper was published in the Journal of Energy in Southern Africa (Volume ...(Read Full Article)
How to break the colonial legacy of exporting goods ‘overseas’ and raise the level of trade between African countries? This has been an issue the African Union (AU) has grappled with since it devoted its January 2012 summit to the issue of ‘Intra-African trade’. The annual Economic Development in Africa report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched in Ethiopia last Friday, 11 July 2013, gives interesting answers to some of the questions African governments and the AU have been asking. African governments are increasingly aware that socio-economic development is an essential pillar of securing a ...(Read Full Article)
South Africa’s National Development Plan 2030 (NDP2030) is a plan developed for the country to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 through uniting South Africans, unleashing the energies of its citizens, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capability of the state and leaders working together to solve complex problems. The plan specifically addresses the challenges faced in public sector procurement and proposes five areas of focus to ‘ensure procurement systems deliver value for money’.(Read Full Article)
Yin Shaorong is the executive director of Global Sourcing at Lenovo Group, a $34 billion personal technology company. Under his leadership, Lenovo’s procurement team has been extended from desktop operations in China to desktop, workstation and server operations globally. Outlook Q&A: For many companies, coordinating procurement with R&D and sales is a major challenge, which can lead to breakdowns in the overall supply chain and cause delays in getting new products to market. How can global companies achieve better coordination in these areas?(Read Full Article)
Kudos to Walmart for showing industry leadership by embracing and enforcing the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). They have recently notified their fresh produce suppliers that effective November 1st of this year, all items delivered to their distribution centers must include standardized case labels. Mislabeled items could be rejected after the quickly approaching January 1, 2014 deadline. This is a significant call to action for ALL suppliers – large and small, whether they supply to Walmart or not. Why? Because I can now expect other retailers to make similar demands on their produce suppliers.
Interbrand released its 2013 Best Global Green Brands report, which examines the gap between a corporation's environmental practices and consumers' perceptions of those practices. When identifying the top 50 Best Global Green Brands each year, Interbrand starts with the 100 brands that make up its annual Best Global Brands report. Interbrand then conducts extensive consumer research to capture public perception of the brand's sustainable or green practices and compares that to environmental sustainability performance data provided by Deloitte — data that is based upon publicly available information.
New documents on logging permits in Ghana indicate most timber exported from the country is likely illegal, exposing purchasers to possible jail time under a new European Union regulation, the environmental watchdog group Global Witness said Tuesday. In February, Ghana's Forestry Commission gave Global Witness lists of permits covering more than 15,000 square kilometers (5,800 square miles), or nearly 15 percent of the country's land mass, the group said in a new report. Permits for more than 12,000 square kilometers (4,600 square miles) were not covered by the country's 1998 Timber Resources Management ...(Read Full Article)
Factory jobs give millions of women what they can't get anywhere else: a salaried wage. With it, they can begin to exert control over their future. Factory work isn't just about making clothes; it's also about a potential path toward gender equality. Women outnumber men in factory jobs in the global supply chain. Are they risking their lives or improving their livelihoods?(Read Full Article)