Take That Bucket-List European Vacation – With A Positive Impact On The Planet

Did you know that an electric vehicle (EV) is almost silent, produces zero carbon emissions, and can save you a significant amount of money? These factors are part of why EVs are coming more into their own as a vehicle option to consider when doing a road trip, whether locally or abroad, if you’re considering hiring a car to explore an exciting new destination.

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AfriSam’s composite cements lead in sustainable drive

Leading the market in reducing clinker content in its composite cements, AfriSam has been a trailblazer in cutting carbon emissions in one of the economy’s most energy-intensive sectors.

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Sun City Resort fights climate change while uplifting community with tree-planting project

Sun City Resort is helping to revive the citrus industry in the North West Province, traditionally a citrus-growing region, while at the same time uplifting unemployed youth and fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions through tree planting.

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Gauteng, Northern Cape, Sasol sign groundbreaking agreement on green hydrogen

Chemicals and energy giant Sasol has announced a first-of-its-kind memorandum of agreement with the Northern Cape government to conduct a two-year feasibility study for a landmark green hydrogen project in the province’s Boegoebaai.

Another memorandum of agreement has also been signed with the Gauteng provincial government.

The announcement was made by Sasol’s Vice President for Energy Business Priscillah Mabelane, at the second annual Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA). According to Mabelane, the project in the Northern Cape could potentially produce at least 400-kilo tons of hydrogen every year.

The project underpins the province’s Green Hydrogen strategy: a precursor to the country’s Green Hydrogen strategy.

“A project of this magnitude has the potential to create up to 6000 direct jobs – generating much-needed socio-economic benefits including creating further indirect jobs across the ecosystem. We are very excited to be leading this feasibility study as part of unlocking South Africa’s ambition to a global green hydrogen export player,” she said.

With countries moving towards lowering carbon emissions, hydrogen – which only emits water vapour when used – is considered to be the fuel of the future but large scale use of hydrogen was hampered because of the need to burn fossil fuels when extracting it.

Now countries such as South Africa, which have great potential and access to renewable energy resources, are able to produce clean hydrogen without the need to burn any fuel which can potentially place them as leading players in a green hydrogen economy.

This, Mabelane said, gives South Africa immense potential to benefit from the green economy.

“South Africa’s total green hydrogen potential could reach four to seven million tons by 2050 with over three million tons of export opportunity. This catalyses the roll out of more than 50GW of renewable energy for South Africa, contributing more than R100 billion per annum to our economy and creating more than 370 000 jobs to 2050.”

Mabelane added that as part of Sasol’s approach to “developing a hydrogen economy”, the company has established several partnerships – including signing a memorandum of agreement with the Gauteng government.

“We signed a memorandum with the Gauteng provincial government to leverage special economic zones. These have been earmarked as enablers to unlock South Africa’s green hydrogen market potential for domestic use such as mobility, revitalisation of the steel industry and sustainable aviation fuel, particularly at OR Tambo [International Airport],” she said.

Head of Infrastructure and Investment in the Presidency, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, said the memoranda of agreement are an indication of South Africa’s commitment to lowering the country’s carbon emissions.

“Green hydrogen is the 21st-century oil and it’s going to contribute in the agenda of the country as led by [Environment, Forestry and Fisheries] Minister Barbara Creecy of making sure that we meet our obligations with regard to our nationally determined contribution, the net-zero [carbon emissions] path that we have articulated and it should constitute part of the totality of submission when we go to [the United Nations Climate Change conference],” he said. – SAnews.gov.za

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Montego makes impressive strides in carbon footprint reduction

Montego Pet Nutrition (Montego) has reported a 300-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions in 2020 to date after utilising solar energy as a renewable energy source at its Graaff-Reinet based production facility.

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