An overview of the draft carbon tax legislation and carbon offset regulations: How will it all work?

Aug 24, 2017

In a press release by National Treasury on 10 November 2016 it was made clear that the ratification of the 2015 Paris Agreement emphasises the reality that we will have to prepare to operate in a carbon constrained economy over the medium to long term.  A business as usual scenario is no longer an option treasury stated that appropriate and proactive actions must be taken to help transition our economy onto a low carbon growth path as articulated in the National Development Plan. The carbon tax, together with the carbon offsets, is seen by Government as an important and cost effective instrument, as part of a package of measures, to put our economy onto a more sustainable growth path.

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SA Beekeeping Challenges

Aug 17, 2017

In South Africa, honeybees and their pollination services contribute an estimated R16 billion to the national GDP, of which approximately R10 billion is generated in the Western Cape (Engineering News 2015). With the changing profile of deciduous fruits, increases in vegetable production; and large increases in vegetable seed production and expansion of macadamia nut plantations, the demand for these pollination services is expected to "double over the next five years" (Allsopp[1], pers. comm. 2016). However, despite their critical value, beekeeping in South Africa faces some critical challenges, largely rooted in the lack of recognition and protection of these pollination services, from both a governmental and grower perspective. These main risk factors are outlined below.


[1] Mike Allsopp is a senior researcher within the Honeybee Research Section of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC).

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Confronting Climate Change Project Update

Aug 24, 2017

Blue North Sustainability manages the “Confronting Climate Change” project (or CCC in short) on behalf of the South African Fruit and Wine industries.  This project is now in its 8th year and focuses on supporting South African farmers, packhouses and wineries in calculating their carbon footprint.  Here is a short and sharp update of what 2016 holds in store.

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Which carbon calculator to use for my farm or agri-business?

Feb 05, 2018

In South Africa and globally there is increasing pressure from retailers and consumers for the disclosure of the embodied carbon of the products that they purchase.  It is important for South African fruit and wine producers to comply with the market requirements to ensure market retention.  It is furthermore important to measure and manage your emissions to reduce input costs and become more climate resilient.

The question asked by many producers are: “Which tool should I use” and “Will the information generated by the tool be accepted internationally?”.  A brief analysis of the different tools and why the Confronting Climate Change (CCC) tool should be your tool of choice is outlined below.

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