More than just Earth Hour: Saturday 31 March @ 20:30…..

On 30 March 2012, in Environmental Diary, News, by Andrew Bennett

Held each year at 8:30pm on the last Saturday in March, Earth Hour is a WWF initiative symbolising the collective power of individuals, businesses and governments to reduce our impact on this planet. From its beginnings in Sydney – Earth Hour has grown to be supported by millions of people in over 5000 cities across 135 […]


Longer-term power price would unlock new funding options – Eskom

On 26 March 2012, in News, by Andrew Bennett

A recent Creamer Media- Engineering News article says that State-owned power company Eskom has confirmed that it will submit a tariff application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in June for a time horizon that is longer than the three-year rotation offered under the multiyear price determination period (MYPD). FD Paul O’Flaherty told Engineering News […]


Energy dept shares lessons from COP17

On 21 February 2012, in News, by Andrew Bennett

Simply Green recently highlighted some of the lessons the Department of Energ learnt during the climate change conference, COP17, in December. Department of Energy’s Chief Director of Clean Energy, Mokgadi Modise, who addressed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Energy on Friday, said the department participated in several energy sector side events and exhibitions at the 17th Conference of […]


Blackouts here to stay, how to play your part in decreasing demand.

On 10 February 2012, in News, by Andrew Bennett

Business News reported on 27 January that Eskom’s blackouts are due to increase…..  see report   In short, capacity available to meet peak demand margins is ranging from 1.5-5% (based on figures reported by Eskom over the January period) the internationally accepted safe margin is 15%. The reason for this low margin in SA […]


Durban unveils low-carbon road map

On 26 August 2011, in News, by Andrew Bennett

The Academy of Science of South Africa has produced a report highlighting climate change mitigation and adaptation opportunities for the City of Durban entitled ‘Towards a Low Carbon City: Focus on Durban’. The report was commissioned by the eThekwini municipality and provides 12 strategic recommendations, as well as sector-specific recommendations for Durban to transition to […]

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Ottery Fire Department set alight by icologie Electricity Saving Training

On 11 August 2011, in News, by Andrew Bennett

As part of the City of Cape Town’s drive to reduce electricity consumption within its own facilities and operations, it has recently energy efficiency retrofitted 4 of its large administrative buildings; Plumstead, Durbanville, Fezeka and the Ottery Complex. To further the electricity consumption reduction which the technological interventions such as the installation of efficient lighting, […]

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Energy-saving lunch hour talk at Intaka Island

On 2 August 2011, in Events, Lunch hour talk, News, by Andrew Bennett

On Thursday, 07 July 2011 icologie hosted another lunch time talk at Intaka Island in Century City. Participants took their seats after warming their bellies with quality Intaka Island soup, bread rolls and coffee (alas, the soup recipe is unfortunately not available). The aim of the lunch-time presentation hosted by the ever charismatic Andy Le […]

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Energy Efficiency Forum – 1 August 2011

On 24 July 2011, in News, by Andrew Bennett

Owners and managers of commercial and public buildings in Cape Town are invited to attend the next meeting of the Energy Efficiency Forum. The Forum aims to provide practical know–how to implement energy efficiency improvements, and to create a platform for collective action and shared learning.

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Smart Living – Corporate Campaign

On 13 July 2011, in Community Projects, Completed Projects, by Andrew Bennett

“Current global consumption patterns are unsustainable; efficiency gains and technological advances alone will not be sufficient to reduce consumption to sustainable levels. Changes will also be required to consumer lifestyles, including the ways in which consumers choose and use products and services.” World Council for Sustainable Business (WCSB), Sustainable Consumption Report (Nov. 2008) The SMART […]

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Global Change – Green Audit and Retrofit for Schools

On 13 July 2011, in Community Projects, Completed Projects, by Andrew Bennett

The Global Change Project is a partnership initiative between the City of Cape Town and Centre for Climate and Earth System Science (ACCESS) with a focus on high schools in Cape Town. ACCESS is a multi-institutional body facilitating earth system science research and capacity building and training. They are involved in various educational and outreach […]