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SA needs to address external carbon debt associated with energy and long haul tourism

Globally, the link between responsibility, carbon emissions and long-haul tourism remains a challenge, and how the South African tourism industry addresses this will largely decide our future sustainability as a destination. One of the country’s leading renewable energy and carbon specialists, Professor Alan Brent, Associate Director at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University, believes that unless the industry takes responsibility for emissions associ
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Urgent: submissions required for Event Greening Handbook for Gauteng

Call for examples, images and case studies: Gauteng Tourism Authority has commissioned icologie to produce an Event Greening Handbook for the Gauteng Business Tourism industry that will include Gauteng-based case studies and images.  They are currently looking for images, examples and case studies of green interventions to be included in the handbook. Venues, subcontractors/suppliers and organisers of conferences, events, exhibitions, etc, that can assist with this are requested to please make
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Africa’s tourism industry needs to “future proof” itself if it wants to remain a competitive travel destination

“Africa’s tourism industry would be grossly negligent if it did not take measures to protect its environment,” says Joyce DiMascio, Principal of Joyce DiMascio Consulting and one of Australia’s most experienced tourism marketers.  “The world wants to come to Africa because of its natural wonders. But the industry must “future proof” itself by putting responsible tourism at that heart of its industry development agenda,” she adds. Until 2010, Joyce was the Head of Business Events
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Green Drinks talk: continent’s first true green precinct

Green Drinks is excited to have Justin Bowen, Development Director at Menlyn Maine, coming to talk to the Green Drinkers about their vision for the continent’s first true green precinct. Being built at the moment in Pretoria East, the precinct will be an open, mixed-use development, striving for Green Star and LEED certification as well as becoming a Climate Positive development (CCI – Clinton Climate Initiative). No building is an island – and Justin will tell you how they are going a
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SAACI is going green

SAACI has announced that it will be implementing measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the SAACI National Conference 2011 (24 – 26 July) in an effort to minimise its impact on the environment. Waste, water, energy, accommodation, procurement, communication, training and local economic and social development are all key areas that SAACI will address in the hosting of its annual conference. A Carbon Audit of the conference will also be conducted, and the steps taken to reduce the carbon
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Responsible Tourism Conference to debate environmental issues facing Southern African travel and tourism industry

The Environmental Management in Tourism (EMiT) conference, a first of its kind for the tourism, travel, leisure and event management industries, is to be held at the Sandton Sun Conference Centre from 9-10 November 2011. Worldwide, consumer interest in responsible tourism is growing at rapid rate.  So much so, that it has been identified as one of the key growth areas over the next decade. Pro-active companies and governments are beginning to see the advantage of this and the benefits that can
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Ecosystem health a precondition is SA’s to grow tourism-based economy

The South African tourism industry will need to take steps to minimise its impact on the country’s finite water resources if it is to grow and maintain a tourism-based economy. This is according to one of the country’s leading environmental advisors and specialists in water affairs, Dr Anthony Turton. “South Africa has a water-constrained mining-based economy. Gold mining is almost at an end and so we are transitioning to a new beneficiation type of national economy in which tourism wi
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The Greenest Event

South Africa’s life support systems face unprecedented threats! Why? Global and local problems of population growth, resource depletion, inequality, deteriorating ecosystems, water shortages, energy supply, pollution and climate change require fundamentally different ways of living in the world and thus create opportunities for new kinds of business. What can you do about it?
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A clever way to seal plastic bags with old bottle caps

Step 1. Cut up a plastic water bottle and keep the neck and top, as in the photo below. Step 2. Insert the plastic bag through the bottle neck, fold it over the edges, and twist the cap back on. The bag is made to be air- and water-tight; the secret lies with the top and screw cap!  This is a great idea to share, and good for us and the environment too.
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First biodiesel filling station in Cape Town

Green-Diesel have opened the first biodiesel filling station in Bellville, Cape Town. Just pull up and fill up like a regular filling station. Green-Diesel also sells diesel with 5%, 20% and 50% mix of biodiesel, and  deliver biodiesel in 200 litre and 1000 litre drums making biodiesel easily accessible to use. Contact 021 919 2166 or visit www.green-diesel.co.za for more information on biodiesel.  
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