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Biomass powered printing press

Renewable energy company Sustainable Heating has opened its third biomass steam plant in South Africa, this one at JSE-listed Novus Holdings’ Paarl Media Cape printing press. The plant is completely owned and operated by Sustainable Heating, which sells the steam to Paarl Media Cape for their manufacturing processes. Temperatures in the furnace reach up to 1000ºC.

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Medellin – Innovative city of 2013

Colombia’s second largest city was voted 2013’s Innovative City of the Year for implementing sustainable innovation and a unique budgeting system.

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RustMo1 – the first of many

The site for the first solar farm in North West has been announced. The location for RustMo1 Solar Farm in Buffelspoort, Rustenburg was chosen due to its proximity to the national grid connection, high isolation levels and suitable climate for solar technology. The low agricultural and commercial value of the land adds to the site’s suitability. RustMo1 is being developed by Momentous Energy as part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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A first rate building for government

It’s fitting that the first government building to receive the world leadership 6 Star Green Star SA Office Design rating is for the Department of Environmental Affairs. This Pretoria-based building also boasts the highest score, 82 points, awarded to date for a large commercial office space.

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World Design Capital Cape Town 2014

Cape Town is gearing up for its year as the World Design Capital 2014.

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Power to Vodacom, to you

Since the largest photovoltaic (PV) system on a single rooftop in Africa went live in December 2012, it has sparked a marked increase in enquiries about solar projects of substantive size. 

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UCT signs International Charter

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the first African university to sign the International Sustainable University Network Charter and joins 25 other signatories,  among others Yale, Harvard,  Oxford and Cambridge.

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Structured recycling

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Recycling just got an unexpected platform in Granada, Spain. Constructed in two weeks, the pavilion is made up of 45 000 Tetra Pak milk cartons (suitable for recycling) collected from 100 colleges throughout the province of Granada. It is seven metres high, 15 metres wide, 30 metres long and covers 450 m2.

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Tshwane next in BRT queue

The construction of the Tshwane Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is underway. The first phase will be operational in April 2014 and the entire system should be completed and operational by October 2015.

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Rammed earth code of practice accepted

Earlier this year, the SADCSTAN TC1/SC5 code of practice for rammed earth structures got a majority vote and has effectively been approved by the Southern African Development Community. The South African Bureau of Standards now has to develop a standard for the use of rammed earth in built structures.

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