A recent publication in the Civil Engineering journal profiles some of the outcomes of a study that we have been conducting for the WWF over the past few years to explore the use of system dynamics modelling to understand requirements for transitions of freight from road to rail in South Africa. Click here for a… Read more »
If you are experienced in quantitative modelling and a critical thinker this opening at The Green House presents a great opportunity to apply your mind to interesting and important problems! Further details are provided in the job advertisement which can be downloaded by clicking here. Applications close on 30 November 2015.
The much anticipated SimaPro version 8.0.4 has been released. Apart from the new ecoinvent database v3.1, it includes a new water footprint method and various software improvements. For a complete overview, please download the manual. Integration of ecoinvent version 3.1 Ecoinvent v3.1 brings many new and updated datasets including several in the wood sector, food products… Read more »
The Climate Solver challenge was launched by WWF Sweden in 2008 and has subsequently been rolled out to China, India, and South Africa. The challenge aims to create an international platform to display innovative technologies for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and supporting energy access worldwide. The country platforms both help to profile new projects… Read more »
Credible Carbon, TGH’s preferred carbon offsetting provider, has been short-listed as one of four finalists in the 2014 Eco-Logic Awards – Climate Change Category. The awards, which take place annually, are designed to identify individuals, organisations, products and services which strive to create a more sustainable world. The awards will be held on 17 September… Read more »
Two TGH papers, “Developing an understanding of the energy implications of wasted food and waste disposal” and “Energy as an input in the food value chain” have been released. The papers are available from the WWF, for whom these studies were conducted: http://www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/food_water_energy_nexus/ On the website you will also find the final Food Energy Water Nexus… Read more »
The Green House is working with the University of Cape Town on the development of a minerals beneficiation strategy for KZN province. An opportunity exists for a student seeking funding for a Masters degree to work on this project. Please click here for further details.
The Green House is seeking to appoint a new Business Development Consultant and Carbon Footprint Assessor to launch an overseas product into the local carbon market. Further details are provided in the job advertisement which can be downloaded by clicking here. Applications close on 30 September 2013.
The South African Coal Roadmap which was authored by The Green House was released on 6 August 2013. The reports can be downloaded from the Fossil Fuel Foundation website. The Roadmap has been cited in a number of news articles including on Engineering News and Business Report.
Dr Pippa Notten of The Green House recently appeared on the television programme 50/50, where our study on the life cycle impacts of dairy, sponsored by WWF and Woolworths, was showcased. The study showed some interesting insights as to where the biggest impacts associated with a litre of milk are incurred! The video clip can… Read more »
ecoinvent Version 3.0 is released! The ecoinvent centre has released the much anticipated new version of the ecoinvent database. Version 3.0 has been several years in the making, and realises ecoinvent’s efforts towards greater geographical coverage, greater modelling flexibitliy, and more data. The ecoivent centre is a not-for-profit competence centre of five Swiss research institutes… Read more »
We are happy to hear that we have helped to put two bicycle mechanics in business in disadvantaged communities. Last year The Green House sponsored James Eesterhuizen and Trevor Henry to receive basic bike repair and business skills training from the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), which put them on track to manage bicycle trading and… Read more »
The Green House’s life cycle assessment (LCA) study of South African milk production has been featured in the latest issue of the SA Association for Food Science and Technology’s quarterly magazine, FST. This study, undertaken for the WWF Sustainable Business programme, assessed the life cycle environmental implications of milk production in the Western Cape, including… Read more »
The Green House is proud to be participating in WWF’s graduate placement programme in 2013. We will be hosting one graduate, working on various projects including the Low Carbon Frameworks transport project The Green House is conducting with WWF. Details of the programme can be found by clicking here to download the document. Please direct… Read more »
The August 2012 Journal of Energy in South Africa includes an article co-authored by Brett Cohen of The Green House, which compares various options for improving energy efficiency in supermarkets. The article provides an extensive list of technologies available to this sector of the economy, and compares technology characteristics and performance, costs, financial benefit (measured… Read more »
The Green House is expanding, and is proud to welcome three new members: Dr Lauren Basson holds a PhD from the University of Sydney and a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. After completing her PhD Lauren joined the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey in… Read more »
Our next product carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment training course will be held in Cape Town, 5-7 September 2012. The 2-day course provides: A thorough grounding in the aims and principles of product carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment (LCA) Practical applications of product carbon footprinting and LCA through hands-on exercises There is also… Read more »
The Green House is supporting the Bicycling Empowerment Network in promoting bicycling for mobility and poverty alleviation. We are sponsoring the training of two prospective Bicycle Empowerment Network entrepreneurs who aim to establish bicycle sales and servicing in areas with a need for affordable, low-carbon transport. Read more about BEN at http://www.benbikes.org.za/
The final report on a study conducted by The Green House for the National Planning Commission (NPC) has been released. The study sought to explore projections of greenhouse gas emissions from a selection of commodities in the mining and minerals sector under a number of different scenarios . The scenarios differ according to projections of… Read more »
Phase I of the South African Coal Roadmap is complete, with the launch of the SACRM Phase I scheduled for early 2012. The process has been successful in bringing together the South African coal industry to discuss its key challenges and opportunities relating to logistics, infrastructure, exports, governance, climate change, environment, social impacts and water…. Read more »
The Green House ran a successful LCA, product carbon footprinting and Simapro training, from September 7-9, 2011 in Cape Town. Please contact us to be notified of our next training course in 2012. We can also arrange in-house training.
The Green House is proud to have been awarded the tender to develop the South African Coal Road Map. Click here to read more in Mining Weekly.