Archive for November, 2009

Jabulani Eco homes breaks ground for low cost green homes in SA

Monday, November 30th, 2009

eco homesFor millions of low-income earners in South Africa, a place they can call home remains an unattainable dream. Jabulani Emvelo Eco Projects is aiming to address this with its vision to develop affordable and energy efficient homes.

We develop homes that people from all walks of life can live in with dignity and pride. Our homes consider residents and their well-being while also taking energy efficient seriously, explains Nico Venter. We therefore believe that the human settlement challenge should not be tackled by government alone but by all stakeholders who view access to a quality and affordable home as a basic human right. We are hopeful that our solution will reduce the housing backlog that is currently estimated to be around 2.2 million units.

The company launched its Jabulani Eco Home to government, stakeholders and interested parties at Jabulani Butterfly Garden in Midvaal, Gauteng on November 30, 2009.

Each of the low-priced 2-3 bedroom home covers a spatial area of 54 m2 and comprises of a kitchen, a lounge and a bathroom with a shower and toilet. These houses are energy independent, energy efficient and has a low carbon footprint, says Pancho Ndebele. The Jabulani Eco Home features:

  • * Independent solar electricity
    * Solar water heating
    * Gas for cooking – there is the potential to incorporate a food waste to biogas system to generate additional gas
    * Lightweight energy efficient aggregates for walling and insulation
    * Greywater recycling for growing vegetables
    * Insulated ceiling
    * Water efficient devices that will also incorporate independent water solutions in the future
  • Each home will be manufactured at the company’s factory before being delivered to the building site for assembly. Ndebele explains that once the foundations have been laid, it will take a day to assemble up to six homes. Additionally, due to its modular design, the homes will enable owners to upgrade and extend their homes as their financial circumstances improve.

    This initiative will speed the delivery of green affordable homes. It also has the potential to contribute to the government’s Breaking New Ground housing settlements programme for urban, peri-urban and rural communities, as well as creating new green collar jobs in the construction and housing sector says Venter.

    Over 100 countries to attend World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

    Friday, November 27th, 2009

    World Future Energy Summit

    Ministers to debate on upcoming energy challenges the world is facing

    Abu Dhabi – 24 November 2009 – The third World Future Energy Summit is gaining momentum as world leaders, policy makers, industry experts, thinkers, investors and researchers from over 100 countries will meet next January in Abu Dhabi, where they will collectively identify real solutions to today’s climate change and energy challenges.

    Government Ministers from North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa will lead the first plenary session of the upcoming Summit, where they will discuss the actions necessary to balance demands the world is facing between an economic and social need to boost energy infrastructure to fuel economic growth and environmental imperatives that must be met to ensure sustainability.

    Participants at the plenary forum 1 at the Ministers roundtable discussion are The Honourable Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta, Canada, H.E. Mohamed bin Dha’en Al Hamili, UAE Minister of Energy; H.E. Dr Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India; H.E. Hany Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ghana; H.E. Federal Counsellor Moritz Leuenberger, Minister of Energy, Environment and Communication in Switzerland; H.E. Maria van der Hoeven, Minister of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands; H.E. Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland; H.E. Jesca Eriyo, Minister of State for the Environment, Uganda; H.E. Ola AlterÃ¥, Secretary of State for Energy, Sweden; H.E. Tadahiro Matsushita, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; H.E. Kim Young Hak, Vice Minister for Trade and Energy, South Korea and Hélène Pelosse, Director General of IRENA.

    Ensuring a sustainable energy supply is an issue that is becoming more critical by the day. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that 70% of the increased energy demand to 2030 will come from developing countries. The other 30% of this growth will be from developed economies, which will continue to witness growing demand as they get wealthier, and as their population expands with increasing migration from the developing world.

    The growth rates of developing countries emissions currently outstrip the rates of the developed world. Nevertheless, developing countries claim they bear less historical responsibility for the emissions already in the atmosphere, and that their emissions per capita are far less than that of the developed world. This ongoing debate will be brought to WFES Energy Ministers roundtable.

    Global energy demand is expected to soar 44 percent over the next two decades with most of the demand coming from developing countries such as China and Russia, according to the forecast released earlier in 2009 by the U.S. government’s top energy forecasting agency the Energy Information Administration. The majority of this expected increase in demand will take place in developing countries, where growth in occurring most rapidly and a transition to higher standards of living is taking place.

    Agence Francaise de Development to grand funds to cut SA’s greenhouse gas emissions

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

    The Agence Francaise de Developement Group (AFD) will grant €142 000 to the South African Energy Research Institute (Saneri) , a subsidiary of CEF (Pty) Ltd for its Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) Centre. This landmark technological measure will enable the country to reduce its carbon emissions significantly.

    This very important announcement, as well as AFD’s financial role in promoting the fight against climate change in SA, will be revealed at a press conference. Visiting AFD CEO Jean-Michel Severino will sign the accession letter to the CCS charter. He and CEF CEO Mputumi Damane will also be available for press enquiries.

    Date: Friday, 27 November 2009

    Time: 07h30
    Venue: CEF’s Office, Johannesburg
    Block C, Upper Grayston, 152 Ann Crescent, Strathavon, Sandton
    RSVP: Leigh-Anne Sa Joe on 011 463 9184 or

    Post Show Report: 22nd International Optical Fair Tokyo (IOFT 2009)

    Thursday, November 19th, 2009

    Click the link to view the 22nd International Optical Fair Tokyo (IOFT 2009).


    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

    Africa has without doubt sufficient resources to power the continent; however, the challenge of unlocking this to the benefit of all on the continent, still exists. Urgent interventions and Africa-specific solutions to address these challenges will be some of the main issues presented at the second annual ENERGY INDABA in Johannesburg on February 24-26, 2010. With only four months left to go, this highly anticipated event is already making great progress in ensuring that its conference and exhibition promotes sustainable development initiatives across the continent.

    Facilitating the event’s specific focus on exploring innovative solutions for a new energy future for Africa is the Business Matchmaking Program. This unique platform will enable conference delegates, exhibitors, key speakers, pre-registered visitors to select the people with whom they would like to meet with. “We are very excited about this resource that affords our delegates the opportunity to network effectively at the ENERGY INDABA 2010 and make useful contacts. We are hopeful this will result in more partnerships, investment and ideas for innovative and sustainable energy projects on the continent, says Liz Hart, Managing Director of Siyenza Management, the organiser of this flagship African event. When delegates confirm their attendance, the ENERGY INDABA 2010 Business Matchmaking Team will profile the company they represent and provide access to an online matchmaking program. Through this, businesses are able to confirm meetings with interested parties and meet with them at a central point at the ENERGY INDABA.

    For the second year in a row, the ENERGY INDABA will be accreditation by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, enabling attending professional engineer delegates to obtain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. By obtaining 2 CPD credits, these professionals will be able to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to improving their professional development and work endeavours. Moreover, these delegates will benefit from the knowledge that they will leave the ENERGY INDABA with a clearer perspective on their role in bolstering the energy sector, explains Hart.

    In bringing energy experts together, the ENERGY INDABA will proudly host the World Energy Council (WEC) Africa Regional Meeting on February 22 and 23, 2009. This United Nations-accredited event will see leaders in the energy sector provide insight on sustainable energy solutions for the present and future needs of the continent. “We are extremely pleased to be hosting this very important meeting that is also helping to lead the way forward with sustainable energy solutions, says Hart. I am confident that we will see many positive outcomes from the ENERGY INDABA 2010 and WEC Africa Regional Meeting which will hopefully see Africa strengthen its position on issues relating to energy and enable more people access to this key resource.

    Some of the other highlights of the ENERGY INDABA’s two-day conference programme are plenary sessions around energy infrastructure developments in Africa; energy use and carbon efficiency and exploiting and enhancing existing infrastructure and technologies.

    A few of the keynote speakers are:

    * Elizabeth Dipou Peters, Honourable Minister of the South African Department of Energy
    * Brian Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association
    * Dr Latsoucabe Fall, Regional Manager Africa, at the World Energy Council
    * Barry Bredenkamp, Operations Manager for the National Energy Efficiency Agency
    * Dr Yves Guenon, Engineer and PhD in Physics Director of Business Development at AREVA
    * Dr Mohamed Abdel-Rahmen, Energy Expert a the NEPAD Secretariat
    * Greg Nott, Managing Director of Dewey & LeBoeuf Johannesburg

    Running adjacent to this conference will be an exhibition where delegates will have the added opportunity to network and showcase their energy efficient technologies and innovative products.