Sustainability in the metals value chain – a free conference workshop at the CSIR

The National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) will host a Sustainable Industries Conference on 11 and 12 September 2024 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) in Pretoria. The National Foundry Technology Network (NFTN) will make use of the conference to host a dedicated session for the metals castings sector to address the rising challenges facing the industry around environmental and carbon reporting requirements.

One of the topics to be addressed at the workshop, entitled the Sustainable Foundries Workshop will be the effects of CBAM – the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism – on the metals value chain in South Africa, and how it can be navigated.

The European Union (EU) is one of South Africa’s key trade partners. In order to achieve its carbon neutrality ambition, the EU implemented a global climate change policy, the European Green Deal (EGD). CBAM is an implementation mechanism of the EGD that will create daunting trade barriers for carbon-heavy economies such as South Africa. Companies in the identified sectors that export products to the EU must already report on their carbon footprint to continue trading.

In addition, the South African government is expected to announce the implementation of its Climate Change legislation in the coming weeks. This will further exacerbate the challenge for companies to report against their carbon and environmental footprint.

According to the NFTN and NCPC-SA Manager, Ndivhuho Raphulu, policy makers and researchers agree that the South African economy is one of the world’s most carbon intensive due to its dependency on fossil fuels, particularly electricity generated from coal, with the metals and aluminium sectors being the hardest to abate. The conference will discuss these topics and concepts and provide case studies and methodologies to address the challenges.

“The NCPC has been hosting its green industry conference every two years since 2013. This year’s two-day conference will allow companies to discuss the most pressing challenges about decarbonisation while providing practical solutions in the face of mounting regulatory pressure,” said Raphulu.

The metals casting workshop will take place on the second day of the conference, and other topics for discussion will include the challenges of air quality and issues surrounding localisation and local content as a tool for economic growth and sustainable development. Companies are encouraged to attend for both days, as the event will cover topics pertinent to all industry, over-and-above the carbon issue, including energy and water efficiency, green finance and the use of data and digital tools in the transition to a green economy.

“One of the roles of the NFTN is to ensure that industry stakeholders are aware of developments such as the CBAM and remain profitable and competitive. I would urge the sector to take full advantage of this free conference and workshop,” concludes Raphulu.

The NFTN and NCPC are industry support programmes funded by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition and hosted by the CSIR. The conference is free to attend but registration is essential.

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