Goal 13: Climate action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The year 2017 was one of the three warmest on record and was 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period. An analysis by the World Meteorological Organization shows that the five-year average global temperature from 2013 to 2017 was also the highest on record. The world continues to experience rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions (the North Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest ever recorded) and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases. This calls for urgent and accelerated action by countries as they implement their commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Available technologies

Available technologies
Novelquip Forestry (Pty) Ltd

As global populations grow, so does the demand for timber and its by-products, putting an ever-increasing strain on this natural resource. The best way to fight climate change is to plant trees....

Agricultural Research Council

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is an aquatic weed which has one of the highest growth rates of all plants in the world. This fast-growing plant causes numerous problems in water bodies. ...

Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Apative Land Management

The SASSCAL WeatherNet provides easy and open access to climate information from over 150 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) over southern Africa. This data includes rainfall, air and soil...

Water Technologies Demonstration Programme

Streamlined Storage Because Every Drop Counts! The Every Drop Counts (EDC) Rainwater System harvest rainwater and greywater, thereby conserving water by decreasing domestic water demand. This...

Walter Sisulu University

Let the River Power Us Up In a bid to provide reliable access to green electricity to uplift indigent communities and to develop the region’s economy we are developing a fully functioning...

University of KwaZulu-Natal

The Luminophorous Powder Recycling Plant utilises a patented chemical process to produce valuable rare earth metals by recycling lamp bulbs. The process produces high purity rare earth metal...

Innovus

Geasy: The Smart Geyser System Together the smart geyser controller and consumer management devices form a system that enables considerable water and electricity savings. The system monitors the...

Innovus

SUNSPOT is a solar thermal power plant with rock-bed storage, containing a unique set of patented and individually licensable Stellenbosch University technologies. The SUNSPOT cycle is appropriate...

AutumnGreen

Irrigation System: Automated Water Conservation What better way to water plants than a auto-regulated system? This irrigation system measures the moisture in the soil to ensure that the correct...

Biodx Biological Chemical Technologies (PTY) Ltd

Green Clean Surfaces for Safe Food Preparation Nutridx® is a disinfectant enhanced by the addition of a natural anti-microbial compound. It has been specifically formulated to disinfect and...

Biodx Biological Chemical Technologies (PTY) Ltd

Purify Effluent Water DECONT-Aâ„¢ is a disinfectant, which is enhanced by the addition of a natural anti-microbial compound. It has been specifically formulated for use in the disinfection of...

University of Zululand

Waterless Toilet We have developed a waterless toilet-biogas plant system, inspired by nature’s distinctive ability to reserve energy and maintain zero waste. South Africa and Africa struggle to...

Hydrox Holdings Ltd.

The decomposition (electrolysis) of water into hydrogen and oxygen gas has been around since the year 1800. Water electrolysis has been gaining increasing attention globally as an effective means...

Nelson Mandela University

The project aims to develop, optimise & demonstrate integrated microalgae cultivation in conjunction with aquaponics and/or hydroponics in an environmentally friendly, renewable and...

Nelson Mandela University

A renewable energy powered street light which provides off-grid lighting.  Powered by a combination system of a vertical axis wind turbine, a solar panel, and a rechargeable battery system.  Can...

LiGE (PTY) LTD

The LiGE Compressor: Storing Energy in Thin Air The LiGE Compressor can be utilized to produce Compressed Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas and/or Air. Primarily, LiGE uses the Compressor as a...

Water Technologies Demonstration Programme

Arumloo: An Elegant Toilet Inspired by the Arum Lily, this toilet has been designed to reduce the volume of water required per flush. The redesigned shape of the pan paired with an altered P trap...

Mabu Substrates

Pith mushroom casing, as an effective and sustainable alternative to peat soil, has been developed and patented after extensive research at the University of Pretoria. Pith is a waste product in...

Mabu Substrates

The patented process to alter raw sugarcane bagasse pith into a suitable mushroom casing soil forms the foundation of the proposed seedling growth medium technology development. Growth media that...

North West University

During the refinement process, coal plants produce a fine coal that is often considered a waste product. Green Coal has two applications. Firstly, to produce briquettes from the fine coal which...

Global Power Solutions

Next level energy saving illumination: the Smart Bulb has a sleek design and can be both surface mounted or installed in a traditional downlight style. This is due to multiple adaptors making it...

University of South Africa

Sol-gel Long Lasting Power These long lasting and significantly safer batteries are novel because of a sol-gel base. A uniform carbon coating process produces high-performance lithium-ion...

Amrue

Amrue is an intelligent digital receipt that allows customers to view their receipt directly in their banking apps, thus doing away with paper. Amrue partners with banks to link the intelligent...

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The Solar Tracker has been developed at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. it is an efficient mechanism for positioning a solar collector in tracking the sun. This device is adept to...

Rhodes University

Even though water quality in South Africa has historically been of a high standard the Department of Water and Sanitation’s infrastructure has deteriorated and become increasingly overextended....

Rhodes University

This tower treats grey water at the source allowing reuse and recycling of this increasingly precious commodity. The tower consists of several layers of mostly waste items, which together act to...

Water Technologies Demonstration Programme

AquaTrip: A Trip Switch to Save Water Saving water is absolutely imperative in South Africa and increasingly, other parts of the world as well. AquaTrip can be installed for any kind of property...

AutumnGreen

Smart Vent: Doesn’t Always Have to Be Switched On This invention aims to replace older and ‘always-on’ ventilation and extractor fan units with a system that only operates when necessary....

SmartXchange

Solar HVAC Live: Reducing Energy Demand for Big Appliances Solar Assisted Heating and Cooling is an innovation in the Refrigeration and Air-conditioning industry that reduces the energy needed for...

University of Zululand

From Water to Wonder Using sugar cane ash, lime powder, fly-ash and industrial waste as our raw materials we have developed a method of manufacturing and developing compressed green bricks. The...

Nelson Mandela University

The Solar Heat Engine seeks to provide an off-grid technology to combat the dire need for electricity in most regions and rural areas in South Africa. It will also allow people living in urban...

Innovus

Biofiltration System: Simplified Clean Water To treat wastewater in a contact reactor, a biofilm consisting of a mixed population of microorganisms has been developed to serve as a biological...

Nelson Mandela University

This represents a creative method of pursuing renewable and cleaner energy resources. This microalgae based technology selectively removes mineral contaminants from what would normally be waste...

Nelson Mandela University

The project involves the development of a low-emission solid fuel, primarily aimed at developing a replacement fuel for the household use of coal and biomass (wood). While the concept of a â€...

Nelson Mandela University

Wind power is an attractive alternate source of generating electrical energy, the aim is to keep producing higher energy yields with the development of new technology. Here we have established a...

Water Hygiene Convenience

Leak-Less Valveâ„¢: Stop Leaks, Save SA This technology is a water control device, the Leak-Less Valveâ„¢ is an innovatively designed product that prevents water wastage due to leaks. It is...

University of Zululand

This proposed Greenbricks project is a conventional brick/blockmaking plant for the ‘green’ production of popular brick and block variations from sugarcane bagasse ash (SBA) in combination with...

Mr Bonga Thombeni

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Founded in 2016, Duma Energy’s mission is to make renewable energy reliable by delivering the world’s most flexible,...

University of the Western Cape

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer zero emissions and are a clean alternative to fossil fuels. HySA Systems have made improvements in performance, reliability and cost competitiveness of...

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