31 Jul 2015

Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations – Your last chance to comment

In June 2015, the Minister of Environmental Affairs published notice of her intention to make the South African National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations. The Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission...

Standards & Legal becomes the latest PRI signatory

Today we became one of the 9 South African headquartered professional service provider signatories of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI). As a PRI Signatory, this is...
12 May 2015

Standards & Legal incorporates The Environmental Law Consultancy

In 2015, nearly 25 years on, a lot has changed at The Environmental Law Consultancy. We now deliver environmental, social and corporate governance (“ESG”) legal compliance and management system...
9 Feb 2015

Eskom: pollution is now major issue (in the news…)

Article Summary: Emissions at two-thirds of Eskom’s plants are in excess of the new minimum emission standards in terms of NEM:AQA, for existing plants, for which the deadline for compliance is...
26 Jan 2015

2015-01-26 In the news…

The cost of Eskom’s three power station headaches Take Home: Eskom has had three very expensive events at three different power stations (Duvha Unit 3, Majuba and Lethabo). The article...

2015-01-21 In the news

Australian Mining Giant BHP Is Shutting Down 40% Of Its US Shale Wells Take home: Hydraulic fracturing of shale gas (“Fracking”) appears to be economically unsustainable due to the...
20 Jan 2015

Ramatlhodi asks Zuma to hold the MPRDA Amendment Bill (SA)

In the news… Excerpt: “Webber Wentzel partner Peter Leon said on Thursday he commended Mr Ramatlhodi for asking Mr Zuma to delay signing the bill. “There are two options...
20 Dec 2014

Landmark judgment in regard to liability of previous landowners for environmental remediation

On 04 December 2013, the Supreme Court of Appeal, in a unanimous judgment, found Harmony responsible for the costs associated with the environmental damage caused by its mining operations in...
12 Dec 2014

Supreme Court of Appeal: “No room for secrecy” when it comes to the environment

Local communities neighbouring industries, are often negatively impacted by pollution caused by those industries. Due to the many industries in and around the Vaal Triangle, the area has become...
27 Nov 2014

“One Environmental System” – the New Environmental Authorisation Regime (SA)

I attended the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) public open day on the proposed “One Environmental System” on 17 November 2014. The One Environmental System (“OES”) is essentially the...

Transitioning an EMS to ISO 14001:2015 (learn about ISO 14001 changes)

ISO 14001, a highly successful International Management Standard for environmental management systems, is undergoing change. ISO 14001:2015 currently in Draft format, is expected to come into effect...
19 Nov 2014

Phasing-out of ozone-depleting substances in South Africa

The National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act, 39 of 2004: Regulations Regarding the Phasing-out and Management of Ozone-Depleting Substances, GN 351, GG 37621 of 8 May 2014  (the “Regulations”),...