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Non Profit Job and Service Cuts Survey report-

80% of non profit organisations in South Africa have experienced significant funding cuts over the last year and over 64% had to cut services to their beneficiaries, according to our survey of South African non profits. The findings also show that 43% of organisations have had to retrench staff as a result of funding cuts.   Read More...




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The price of petrol has just gone up - so you want to use less, right?

A quick pit stop at the petrol station is enough to put a good dent in your wallet. New technology is set to lower the high cost of filling up your car, by enabling combustion engines to consume two to 3% less petrol and significantly less oil, while eliminating a step in engine production.   Read More...




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SA has sun for Africa... Black silicon solar cells could help us harness the Sun's energy.

Solar cells convert three-quarters of the energy contained in the Sun‘s spectrum into electricity – yet the infrared spectrum is entirely lost in standard solar cells. In contrast, black silicon solar cells are specifically designed to absorb this part of the Sun‘s spectrum – and researchers have recently succeeded in doubling their overall efficiency.   Read More...




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Imagine... Windows that generate energy - and you can even see through them.

A new type of transparent solar cell is a step toward making windows able to generate electricity while still letting people to see outside, researchers say in this article republished courtesy of the American Chemical Society and World Science staff. The development is reported in the American Chemical Society research journal ACS Nano. It is also described in the latest episode of the society’s Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast, available free at iTunes.   Read More...




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In a country such as SA, facing water challenges, desalination has potential.

There are vast quantities of seawater available; drinking water, on the other hand, is in scarce supply. Desalination plants can convert seawater to drinking water. Yet these plants require pipelines made of a special kind of steel or titanium – expensive material that is growing increasingly difficult to procure. Heat-conducting polymer composites may soon replace titanium altogether.   Read More...




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In an age when energy production is expensive, cutting consumption makes great sense.

Big data needs big power. The server farms that support the Internet run on a vast tide of electricity. Even companies that have invested in upgrades to minimise their eco-footprint use tremendous amounts: The New York Times estimates that Google, for example, uses enough electricity in its data centres to power about 200,000 homes, writes Princeton University's John Sullivan.   Read More...




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NSF announces first round of awards for novel energy research program.

In 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) created the Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) program to spark innovative energy solutions that meet societal needs without creating burdens for future generations. NSF envisions such solutions being domestically generated, at a reasonable cost, and not dependent on rare resources - while avoiding adverse environmental or societal consequences, not contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and preserving essential ecosystems.   Read More...




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'Going green' pays off in more ways than you'd think, it seems.

Bucking the idea that environmentalism hurts economic performance, a new UCLA-led study has found that companies that voluntarily adopt international ‘green’ practices and standards have employees who are 16% more productive than the average, writes UCLA's Alison Hewitt.   Read More...




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Harnessing and measuring the wind for clean energy.

Wind power is one of the most important forms of renewable energy. In order to exploit inland wind as effectively as possible, turbines must be optimally positioned and dimensioned. A 200m wind measuring mast delivers precise data that can also be used to forecast energy yields.   Read More...




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An Interview with Dr Stiaan Wandrag, Senior Manager: Sustainable Development at Sasol Group Services.

South African companies rate well globally in terms of Integrated Reporting, and Ingrid Mech from GCX met with Dr Stiaan Wandrag from Sasol to find out more about their Integrated Reporting journey – and how the company has set the benchmark for Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Reporting in South Africa.  This article is reprinted courtesy of the Global Carbon Exchange - http://www.globalcarbonexchange.com.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Sustainability
Rebranding exercise designed to reinforce ERE.

Leading brand, Ellies Renewable Energy has realigned its logo and corporate identity, and is taking great strides to expand into the consumer market place through an extensive national retail deal with Builders Warehouse and Builders Express, as of July 2012.    Read More...




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Let’s get busy now - repairing the future.

Whilst capitalism is certainly responsible for most, if not all our current environmental problems – it is also the most effective tool we have to address the environmental crisis we face. We have used capitalism and markets to allocate hunger, starvation and death but now need to employ these same tools in a more ‘enlightened’ way, to restore our natural capital, create sustainable jobs, and build resilient communities, writes Jason Drew in this article published courtesy of the Global Carbon Exchange - http://www.globalcarbonexchange.com/.   Read More...




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,,,Keep food fresh, are natural, and sustainable. Whey to go!

Convenience foods are growing in popularity, and the food they contain is usually protected by films based on petrochemicals. Now researchers have not only developed a biomaterial from whey protein, they have also come up with a commercially viable method of producing multifunctional films on an industrial scale. From pre-packed Camembert to shrink-wrapped meat loaf – choosing the right packaging is a key issue in the food industry.   Read More...




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From charcoal burner to tree enthusiast…

The picture of today is of Lloyd, an ex-charcoal burner who made a complete turn. He has been growing trees in his backyard for a few years now and got hold of us a few months ago in Livingstone.   Read More...




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Don't miss a highlight on the South African events calendar.

Named as International Responsible Retailer of the year in both 2008 and 2010, Woolworths are leaders in fostering successful sustainability programmes.   In addition, as head of this company's Good Business Journey (Sustainability Programme), Justin Smith is responsible for strategy, structure and integration across the business, as well as delivering on their many transformation, social development, environmental and climate change issues.
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Make sure you don’t miss out…

Sustainability Week: Sandton Convention Centre takes place from 25 - 29 July 2012 and will feature:
• More than 100 Eco Product and Technology Exhibits
• 8 conferences (Book 1 or more modules of your choice below)
• The Green Home and Lifestyle Fair over the weekend
Don't miss out on one of the highlights on the South African events calendar. 
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Research shows why South Africans recycle… a sense of obligation, and need.

A recent study by BMi Research Consumer Division to test if consumer attitudes towards recycling had changed much showed that consumers at the higher end of the market still recycle out of obligation and those at the bottom end still do it for the financial rewards. It remains obvious that more recycling initiatives and consumer education is needed to make it second nature.   Read More...




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Make social media work for you in your campaigns.

In a digital age of social networking, information overload, time scarcity and virtual lives – it was inevitable that social media would become a key channel for sustainability professionals and companies hoping to spread their sustainability messages. Currently, there are approximately 4 745 920 Facebook users in the South Africa, according to this article, reprinted courtesy of Global Carbon Exchange - http://www.globalcarbonexchange.com/.   Read More...




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New technologies are making it easier to handle drinking water responsibly.

Clean drinking water and basic sanitation are human rights. Yet almost 780 million of the world‘s population still have no access to drinking water and some 2.6 billion people live without sanitary facilities. Water, though, is also an important economic factor: Today, agricultural and manufacturing businesses already use up more than four fifths of this precious commodity. And the demand for water continues to rise.   Read More...




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New vision for farming

South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (80), revered around the world for his life-long fight against the oppression of people, became the first world leader yesterday to embrace our planet and all its inhabitants in a new vision for the future.


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