A green building is a building which is energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible- which incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and its occupants. Building green is an opportunity to use resources efficiently and address climate change while creating healthier and more productive environments for people to live and work in.
What is Green building
Vision & Mission
On a practical level, this encompasses the use of design, materials and technology to reduce energy and resource consumption and create improved human and natural environments. Specific green building measures include careful building design to reduce heat loads, maximise natural light and promote the circulation of fresh air; the use of energy-efficient air-conditioning and lighting; the use of environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials; the reduction of waste, and the use of recycled materials; water-efficient plumbing fittings and water harvesting; the use of renewable energy sources; and sensitivity with regard to the impact of the development on the environment.
The Green Building Council of South Africa will lead the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that all buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way that will allow South Africans to work and live in healthy, efficient and productive environments.
To promote, encourage and facilitate green building in the South African property and construction industry through market-based solutions, by:
•Promoting the practice of green building in the commercial property industry
•Facilitating the implementation of green building practice by acting as a resource centre,
•Enabling the objective measurement of green building practices by developing and operating a green building rating system, and
•Improving the knowledge and skills base of green building in the industry by enabling and offering training and education
Promoting service delivery and the knowledge and practice of infrastructure development in Africa
IMIESA is the award-winning magazine of the Institute of Municipal Engineers of Southern Africa (IMESA). It promotes the knowledge and practice of infrastructure development in the southern African region. This 32-year-old publication has become the essential companion of the engineering industry.
IMIESA is the winner of the 2006, 2005, 2001 and 1999 Sappi PICA Award in the Civil Construction, Building and Infrastructural Development category. In 2008 Imiesa won the CESA award for publishing excellence. Writers for the title have also won the Mondi Award for Excellence in Journalism.
The magazine promotes engineering partnerships between the public and the private sectors, for the benefit of all role players. It provides readers with the latest in industry news and project information, keeping them abreast of developments in the field. Magazine content is driven by the information needs of engineers, managers, planners and those who execute government strategies. It focuses on local government activities and public works, management structures, public-private partnerships and municipal service delivery.
IMIESA is a must-have publication for anyone interested in local government projects, or for public officials who need to be informed of current developments at IMESA. It also serves the information needs of municipal, civil and consulting engineers and those in related disciplines.
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Our company ethos is a principled and transparent approach to improving the quality of life on our planet through reducing emissions and achieving carbon neutrality. We allow our corporate customers and partners to make environmental sustainability goals a reality, and in the process, help them build trust and credibility with their own customers, employees, and shareholders.
Our executive team shares equal passion for technology and the environment. It's this combination of creating innovative technology solutions that can potentially reverse the trend of climate change that gets us out of bed in the morning.
Indalo Yethu is a legacy project, an independent trust of the South African Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. It functions as an endorsement brand promoting greening and eco-friendly practices as a way of life. Its origins lie in the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in South Africa in 2002.
The primary objective of Indalo Yethu is to reinforce the notion of environmental conscious living within the context of the country’s economic and social development programmes whose interventions will be reinforced by an extensive mass communications campaign as well as outreach programmes. Indalo Yethu wants to draw attention to responsible environmental living as this is a crucial ingredient in South Africa’s drive to realise its stated objectives of a better life for all, ensuring that benefits derived can be enjoyed by present and future generations. This will be achieved by programmes built on a two pronged approach:
Endorsement Program: Developing an Endorsement Brand that will link and become an umbrella for environmentally responsible or focussed programmes and projects that links economic growth and social development. This will include developing and implementing a public awareness and mass media campaign that will bring about this awareness. Every endorsed project will get the “butterfly” stamp of approval, making its environmentally friendly foundations evident for all to see.
Education and Awareness: Promoting and encouraging responsible environmental activities through institutional support for focussed actions, programmes and projects.
Status: Achievements to date
Stakeholder Map of Indalo Yethu Local and International
Strategic Plan: Focus areas for 2008
Its primary objective is to promote the interests of its members and the development of professional knowledge and skills in order to empower its members to promote service excellence on local, provincial, national and international level. It aims to better the quality of life of all citizens through infrastructure engineering excellence and innovation.
Since its formation in 1962, IMESA has grown to represent over 600 individual members and many companies from several countries in Southern Africa who are involved in the field of municipal engineering and the built environment. It has played a significant role in municipal engineering, acting as a catalyst to share and develop new initiatives. Municipalities are key role players in identifying, prioritising, funding and implementing integrated development planning and community based programmes. The Institution also advises municipal councils on municipal engineering matters and serves the broader community through representation on a number of bodies where it provides input from the municipal engineer's perspective.
Members of IMESA are granted free subscription to the IMIESA Journal, a high quality monthly publication that serves as a mouthpiece for the engineering fraternity. It disseminates up-to-date information on technical news and developments. The IMIESA Journal has received the prestigious PICA award for the best journal in 1999 and 2001, in the Urban Management, Civil Construction and Infrastructural Development Categories.
IMESA has established a bursary scheme for full-time studies in the field of civil engineering for students from designated groups as well as dependants of members of IMESA.
To advance sustainable public infrastructure by fostering appropriate technologies, enabling members' careers and promoting communities.
The Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) promotes the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing and applying knowledge about infrastructure engineering and asset management for the benefit of communities and the profession.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was officially established in Bonn on 26 January 2009. To Date 142 states and the European Union signed the Statute of the Agency; amongst them are 48 African, 37 European, 33 Asian, 15 American and 9 Australia/Oceania States.
Mandated by these governments worldwide, IRENA will promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms or renewable energy. Acting as the global voice for renewable energies, IRENA will facilitate access to all relevant renewable energy information, including technical data, economic data and renewable resource potential data. IRENA will share experiences on best practices and lessons learned regarding policy frameworks, capacity-building projects, available finance mechanisms and renewable energy related energy efficiency measures.
With the establishment of the Preparatory Commission, the Agency began work the day after the Founding Conference on 27 January 2009. The Preparatory Commission consists of IRENA’s Signatory States and acts as the interim body during the founding period. The Commission will be dissolved after entry into force of the Statute, which will occur upon the 25th deposit of an instrument of ratification. The Agency will then consist of an Assembly, a Council, and a Secretariat.
On its second session in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, which took place from 29-30 June 2009, the Preparatory Commission designated Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, as the interim headquarters. At the same time it was decided that the other two applicants will also take part in the further establishment of the Agency. Bonn will host IRENA’s centre of innovation and technology and Vienna will become the Agency’s liaison office for cooperation with other organisations active in the field of renewable energy. Ms. Hélène Pelosse was appointed to become the Interim Director-General of IRENA.
On its third session on 17 January 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Signatories discussed IRENA’s Work Programme and Budget for the year 2010 and adopted important rules and regulations that will shape and guide the work of the Agency in the future.
Energy is a basic human need. Without energy, everything would come to a standstill. A necessary factor in fostering human development and economic growth is a secure, affordable, reliable, clean, and sustainable energy supply. Today we face monumental challenges: global warming, the waning of natural resources, explosions in population growth, increasing energy demand, rising energy prices, and unequal distribution of energy sources. All of these factors contribute to the urgent need to transform the energy sector - which primarily relies on fossil fuels - to one that uses renewable energies and energy efficient measures.
Renewable energy is one of the key solutions to the current challenges facing the world’s energy future. Many countries already foster the production and use of renewable energy through different approaches on a political and economic level because they recognise the many benefits renewable energy provides. The current use of renewable energy, however, is still limited in spite of its vast potential. The obstacles are manifold and include: lengthy permitting procedures, import tariffs and technical barriers, insecure financing of renewable energy projects, and insufficient awareness of the opportunities for renewable energy.This is where IRENA can play a role. A major task of the Agency is to develop comprehensive solutions to the above-mentioned challenges, such as fostering all types of renewable energy and to consider various renewable energy policies at the local, regional, and national levels. In fulfilling its work, IRENA considers specific environmental, economic, and socio-cultural conditions of its Members. The active involvement of stakeholders from the energy industry, academia, civil society, and other institutions is very important for the Agency to implement successful and enduring policy solutions. Therefore, it intends to regularly consult and cooperate with organisations and networks already engaged in the field of renewable energy in order to complement and pool their work resources, thus creating added value.
Vision and Mission of IRENA
The world’s vast renewable energy resources remain largely untapped. With the global population projected to reach 10 billion in 2050, abundant renewable energy sources worldwide can make a significant contribution to the world’s growing demand for energy. Recognising the huge potential of renewable energy, IRENA’s Member States have joined together to establish an international organisation dedicated to facilitating the rapid development and deployment of renewable energy worldwide.
IRENA believes that renewable energy use must, and will increase dramatically in the coming years, because of its key role in
- enhancing energy security
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change
- alleviating energy poverty
- supporting sustainable development, and
- boosting economic growth.
IRENA’s vision is for a world where modern and effective renewable energy is accessible in all countries and becomes one of the major energy sources.
For a world, where renewable energy technologies are widely deployed and are seen as one of the key energy solutions of the future by all countries.
A world, where the communities currently without reliable energy supply can rely on renewable energy as the base for their economic and social development.
Mandated by governments worldwide, IRENA’s mission is to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. IRENA’s Member States pledge to advance renewables in their own national policies and programs, and to promote, both domestically and through international cooperation, the transition to a sustainable and secure energy supply.
IRENA’s work is guided by the principles of
- international cooperation between Member States and related stakeholders
- dedication to assisting its Members to harness their renewable energy potential
- accessibility of all the Agency’s services, bearing in mind the special needs of developing countries
- active participation of all its Members in IRENA’s decision making processes
- striving for excellence in all the services produced by the organization
- efficiency and transparency in delivering the organisation’s services, and
- adding value to what is already being done by existing organisations in the field of renewable energy.
IRENA aims to become the leading international centre of excellence for renewable energy and a platform for exchange and development of renewable energy knowledge. Once achieved, IRENA will become the global voice for renewable energy. IRENA will facilitate access to all relevant renewable energy information, including technical data, economic data and renewable resource potential data. IRENA will share experiences on best practices and lessons learned regarding policy frameworks, capacity-building projects, available finance mechanisms and renewable energy related energy efficiency measures.
According to its Statute, IRENA will
- Collect renewable energy related information and knowledge, and analyse and disseminate current renewable energy practices, including policies and incentives, available technologies, and examples of best operational practice.
- Foster international exchanges about renewable energy policy and its framework conditions.
- Provide relevant policy advice and assistance.
- Improve renewable energy knowledge that facilitates technology transfer and promotes the development of local capacity and competence.
- Promote capacity building services such as training and education.
- Provide information and advice on the financing mechanisms available for renewable energy projects.
- Stimulate and encourage research (including on socio-economic issues), by fostering research networks to undertake joint research, development and deployment of technologies.
- Provide information about the development and deployment of national and international technical standards in relation to renewable energy, based on a sound understanding through an active presence in the relevant fora, and
- Disseminate knowledge and information and increase public awareness on the benefits and potential offered by renewable energy.
The mission of the University is to advance learning and knowledge in both fundamental and applied areas. In order to make the achievement of that goal possible the University will provide an open environment and an atmosphere conducive to the exchange of knowledge, views and innovative ideas among students, staff, alumni and visiting scholars. The University will ensure that the working environment is intellectually stimulating and emotionally pleasurable for students and staff, and will ensure that graduates and diplomates possess knowledge, professional competence, a sense of community responsibility, and a capacity to continue their professional development throughout their lives.
In recruiting students and staff the University will respond to national and regional human resource needs and will eschew any form of unfair discrimination. The University will be particularly sensitive to the need to ensure gender and racial equity.
The University will strive to enable its students and graduates to reach their full personal and professional potential through the promotion of entrepreneurship and creative practice among its students and the promotion of lifelong learning among its alumni.
The University will seek through its outreach activities to enrich the lives of the communities in which it is situated economically, intellectually, culturally, and in any other ways desired by those communities.
The University will strive to provide access to a wide range of students while promoting the interests of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in particular. In doing so the University will develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of degrees and diplomas which emphasise planning skills, adaptive skills, technical skills, and maintenance, development and productive skills in the engineering, scientific, agricultural, biomedical and allied professional disciplines. The aim of these programmes will be to produce socially mature men and women able not only to understand, use and adapt existing technology but also to improve on it and invent new technology.
The University will promote the performance of both basic and applied research and development by members of the University community, and will foster applied product-oriented research as an integral part of staff responsibility.
The University will interact with the local community in an attempt to improve the quality of life in that locality, and will organise continuing education programmes with the purpose of updating the knowledge and skills of working professionals in the communities served by the institution. In addition, the University will interact with industry through the placement of students in such firms for the purposes of experiential learning, and the offering of consultancy services to industry and other organisations desiring such assistance. In order to ensure that it remains an institution of genuine quality the University will also establish and pursue partnerships and collaborative arrangements with individual supporters, convocation, professional associations, educational institutions and corporate entities at regional, national and international level.
The University will always operate in the context of a frame of values including integrity, respect and care for others, a sense of fair play, and a desire for excellence. In its operations the University will attach special importance to respect for human and civic rights and to academic freedom. Every member of its community will be free to express his or her thoughts, opinions and convictions while respecting ethical principles and the law. It is categorically required of all staff and students of the University that they conduct themselves in accordance with these core values.
The key to the university’s success will be the recognition of the legitimacy and value of knowledge created in work settings and the understanding of the drivers of change in the workplace – emerging technologies, social patterns, cultural imperatives, business processes and internationalisation. The teaching and learning model will combine teaching, research, and industry-based learning expertise in the offering of programmes which provide clear professional outcomes for students within a supportive real world learning environment. The University will ensure that it offers and regularly reviews an appropriate curriculum based on current research, and employs an assessment system geared to supporting the learning process and validating the students’ achievements. The university will work towards the introduction of a set of postgraduate programmes aligned with its vision and mission statements.
The University will attempt to ensure proficiency in students in their domain of study as well as in soft skills (such as IT and Communicative English), and will within the limits of its capacity provide support to students by offering scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial aid.
The University will seek to build a strong national and regional research profile in a discrete number of research areas, with an emphasis on collaborative research with industry, business and government, and will promote interdisciplinary and team research work wherever this is likely to be productive. And the University will strive to disseminate its research expertise and demonstrate and implement the results of its research.
The University will create an open and flexible organisational culture which is committed to quality outcomes and which facilitates knowledge sharing, teamwork, and staff satisfaction and development. Its intellectual energy, progressiveness, authentic commitment to its core values and generous conditions of employment will attract high-calibre, dynamic staff. Members of staff will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills and will be rewarded for their contributions to the achievement of the University’s mission.
The University will relate closely with all of its stakeholders, and will in particular maintain ties with its alumni, to the mutual benefit of the institution and of its past students. And the University will co-operate with other innovative academic institutions to share expertise where possible, especially in the areas of teaching and research.
The University will from time to time review the extent to which it is realising its vision and fulfilling its mission, employing best practice in quality assurance processes to do so. These processes will include the performance of annual first-year experience and exit-year experience surveys.
The University will at regular intervals also review its vision and mission statements and its strategy for implementing and realising them, in the context of the inevitability of change and the need for the institution to make further progress.
The Minerals and Energy Education Training Institute (MEETI) aims to contribute to improving the development and implementation process of public policies in the minerals and energy sectors by enhancing the knowledge of stakeholders about the management of the industry, potential risk factors and about compliance requirements with the new legislation.
MEETI is a training institute which:
· Provides training accredited and recorded with SAQA. […MQA and ISO certified]
· Delivers courses that are compatible with the National Qualifications Framework.
· Offers customized, focused events of concern to the leadership in the industry, government and labour.
· Promotes access to courses for historically disadvantages South Africans.
In 1998, both the white paper on Minerals and Mining Policy and the white Paper on Energy policy for the Republic of South Africa were released. These two policy documents started significant post-apartheid restructuring change by shifting policy focus towards people issues. The aim is to improve social and economic equity and environmental sustainability, as well as to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of the South African Economy.
The policy process and subsequent implementation have identified a lack of capacity for delivery and gaps in knowledge about the structure and management of the industry among all role players: government, labor and business, as well as less organised parties, such as NGOs, small entrepreneurs and communities. Capacity enhancement within the minerals and energy sectors is vital for the success of policy implementation and economic development of South Africa.
Since it's inception twelve years ago, MEETI has been a part of these policy processes by providing much needed education in policy, legislation and industrial management. Through focused training programmes aimed at the new generation of policy makers and managers in the energy and mineral sectors, MEETI has contributed to better appreciation and understanding of the complexities of the social and economic development of the country and the SADC region.
MEETI is legally registered as a non-for-profit trust and is governed by a board of trustees representing various stakeholders. MEETI is also registered as a non profit organization with the Department of Social Development.
MEETI is ISO9001 and MQA certified.
Previously generous contributions to MEETI have been made by a number of South African companies and institutions in the energy and mineral sectors, such as Anglo American Chairman's Fund, BHP Billiton Development trust, BP, Anglo Platinum, Kelvin Power, Kuyasa Mining,Kumba, Sasol, Shell, Avmin and others.
MEETI has also received project funding from international donor agencies such as the Royal Netherlands Government and Norad. Additional funds are generated from course fees and contract work.
Modern Energy Review distributes to the international conference circuit, through our media partnerships with leading associations including the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA), the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the World Nuclear Association and the European Renewable Energy Research Centres Agency (EUREC).
Our conference presence includes: China Wind Power, Beijing (GWEC); European Wind Energy Association Annual Conference, Stockholm 2009 and Warsaw 2010 (EWEA); WATTS 2009 (REA); EMART Energy, Barcelona 2009; Transmission and Distribution Asia 2009; Clean Technology World Africa 2010, South Africa; Transmission & Distribution World Africa 2010, South Africa; Smart Electricity World Asia 2010, (Singapore); Energy 2010 – Solutions for Africa Conference and Exhibition (South Africa); Windpower Brazil 2010, Brazil (GWEC).
Modern Energy Review also distributes by post to the following professionals:
- CEOs/Managing Directors
- Heads of Finance
- Risk/Asset Managers
- Plant Managers
- CIOs/Heads of IT
- Heads of Engineering
- Heads of Operations
- Heads of HSE
- Heads of Procurement
- Project Managers
- System Integrators
The National Business Initiative (NBI) is a voluntary group of leading national and multi-national companies, working together towards sustainable growth and development in South Africa through partnerships, practical programmes and policy engagement.
Since its establishment in 1995, the NBI has been an advocate for the collective role of business in support of a stable democracy, growing economy and healthy natural environment. As one of close to 60 global regional partners to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the NBI provides a platform for business leadership and a vision of how companies can contribute to a sustainable society.
The axiom that business cannot succeed in a society that fails is particularly relevant in a developing country like South Africa. The role of business in sustainable development is becoming increasingly important especially if they want to strengthen their competitive edge for the future. Through constructive engagement and strategic collective action business can shape the economic and social environments within which they operate.
• We advocate corporate citizenship & business leadership for sustainable growth & development
• We mobilise business leadership and resources to make a difference
• We facilitate collective business action and critical social dialogue
• We implement strategic projects backed by rigorous policy analysis and research
• We build relationships and trust with government, business and key stakeholders.
A Track Record of Making a Difference
Key ingredients underpinning the work of the NBI have included building trust, credibility of the organisation, active engagement with members and government at various levels. Since 1995, the NBI has made a distinct impact in the spheres of housing delivery, crime prevention, local economic development, public sector capacity building, Further Education and Training (FET), schooling, public private partnerships and sustainable development.
This has been clearly demonstrated through the following initiatives:
•Setting up Business Against Crime – now an independent organisation as a unique private sector contribution to enhanced criminal justice and crime prevention•Initiating and serving as the managing agency of the Business Trust in its first five years - as a foundation to combine the resources of the public and private sectors to support programmes that accelerate the achievement of agreed national objectives•Conceptualising and managing the Colleges Collaboration Fund, which has made an immense contribution to the transformation of the entire FET colleges sector•Serving as secretariat to the Human Resource Development Strategy for South Africa, under the leadership of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, and mobilising business resources for human capital development•Serving as secretariat to former President Mbeki’s Big Business Working Group, thus promoting dialogue and trust between business and government leaders•Facilitating the signing and implementation of the Energy Efficiency Accord, as a tangible contribution of the private sector to environmental protection and enhanced competitiveness.•Appointed as the Focal Point to the United Nations Global Compact South African Local Network to enhance the business contribution to society and our environment.•Introducing and launching the UK Carbon Disclosure Project in South Africa to address the business implications of climate change.Membership and Partners
The NBI owes its strength to its stable membership base who have an interest in the shared growth and development of South Africa at all levels.
Any business can join the NBI by making a voluntary contribution. Through membership of the NBI, visionary business organisations affirm their commitment to a positive role for business in society while also pursuing their individual strategies in a competitive free market economy.
The NBI has presented a powerful business case for companies to take seriously their positions as meaningful players in the society within which they operate. Over the past few years it has emerged as a leading proponent of the role of business in sustainable development. It is now focused on positioning business as a distinct but interdependent and significant contributor to society.
The NBI is committed to the highest standards of governance. It applies the core principles of accountability, integrity and transparency to all its activities.
•The NBI is governed by a Board, consisting of representatives from members companies and selected business/community leaders
•The NBI Executive Committee assists and supports the Board by providing oversight, guidelines and advice to the CEO and management
•The NBI Audit Committee provides financial oversight and monitors risk and management The Remuneration Committee is responsible for the performance of directors and for policy recognition and reward.
Vision, Mission & Values
A sustainable future:
- People: South Africa as a thriving society
- Planet: ecosystem integrity is respected
- Prosperity: a market economy that functions to the benefit of all.
To inspire and mobilise business leadership for a sustainable future.
Passion, diversity, accountability, trust, empowering, innovation.
South Africa as one of the world's great places in which to live, to learn, to work and to do business.