report | 10/2018

Solutions in Focus: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation from Mountains to Oceans

Ecosystem-based Adaptation is a topic of global relevance that is implemented successfully by various projects in a broad range of countries and ecosystems. This report illustrates the diversity of EbA in practice that can be found online at the "PANORAMA — Solutions for a Healthy Planet" platform. These solutions intend to inspire policy and decision makers as well as project developers, showing that EbA is being implemented successfully by a broad range of actors and organizations.

report | 09/2018

Transition to Inclusive Green Economy: Time for Action

This flyer informs about the IKI project 'Green Economy Transformation in Cooperation with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) – Synergies between Low-carbon Pathways and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)' and presents its goals, approaches and achievements up to date.

report | 08/2018

Low-carbon manufacturing

The imperative to substantially reduce global carbon emissions over the coming decades will require reductions beyond the energy sector (including energy efficiencies). Strategies for manufacturing products fit for a low-carbon economy are multi-faceted. Rethinking product and process design, the overall value chain for the creation, use and end-of-product life, and the management and use of waste streams are some of them. Besides the carbon emissions benefits, new processes, technologies and products present opportunities for localising manufacturing. Low-carbon manufacturing can boost South Africa’s competitive advantage and give access to export markets while overcoming barriers to carbon-intensive exports which other countries are increasingly considering establishing.

report | 07/2018

Cement sector: Life Cycle Optimisation Service

A Life Cycle Optimisation Service can improve the carbon footprint of cement manufacturers by optimizing the sourcing and distribution of raw materials used for the production and distribution of cements with lower environmental impact (‘eco-blends’). The service will help to minimise costs and achieve greater greenhouse gas emissions savings on a life cycle basis and at a sector level than would otherwise be achieved by the sum of individual producer efforts.

report | 07/2018

Solar thermal technologies: clean fit for food and beverage industries

Solar thermal technologies can best supply the low to medium heat range required for processing in the food and beverage industries. Currently in agriprocessing in South Africa, up to 77% of energy use is for heating processes. Most of this energy comes from non-renewable sources, leading to extensive greenhouse gas emissions. There is an emerging climate-smart opportunity for solar thermal technology businesses to capture this market.

report | 07/2018

Surplus food from farms and firms onto forks

Farmers, fresh produce markets, food manufacturers and food retailers routinely generate surplus foods. Much of this ends up as waste. If diverted in time, a sizeable share of this food can instead be redirected for human consumption, helping to alleviate hunger, and creating several benefits for the generating firms. Redirecting surplus food will also avoid the loss of significant amounts of energy, water and financial capital embedded in wasted food, and the greenhouse gases resulting from its decomposition at landfills.

report | 07/2018

Eco-blend cements for low-carbon construction

Cement production is instrumental to the government’s infrastructure expansion plans and development goals. Given its significant carbon footprint, using conventional cement in the planned infrastructure build will make the achievement of South Africa’s greenhouse gas mitigation commitments more difficult. Substituting clinker with Supplementary Cementitious Materials to create cements with lower environmental impact (eco-blends) is the simplest and most obvious option to reduce cement’s carbon footprint.

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