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EC HeaderITC hosted the 2ndAnnual Environmental Crimes Conference that took place on the 23 & 24 October 2013, which was attended by over 60 delegates from both the private and public sector.

The National Treasury clarified the polluter pays concept. No industries will be exempted from the carbon tax policy, the more you pollute the more you pay!

Other key issues included: Reviewing the update on emission taxes to be implemented in South Africa, an integrated approach to ensure a compliant society within organs of state in terms of the legislative framework,best practises to environmental sustainability, water law and environmental crime: where do we stand in South Africa, as well as dissecting section 24g of NEMA to ensure compliance.

THE TOP 5 SPEAKERS AS RATED BY YOU

Adv Antoinette Ferreira, State Prosecutor, NATIONAL PROSECUTING AUTHORITY

Vanessa Maclou, District Manager and Environmental Management Inspector, KZN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Simon Gear, Environmentalist, KIJANIGREEN

Mariette Liefferink, CEO, FEDERATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Petrus Venter, Deputy Regional Director, DEPARTMENT OF WATER AFFAIRS

SOME OF THE KEY OUTCOMES OF THE CONFERENCE

  • Understanding that there are other actions that can be taken, rather than facing penalties
  • The longer the externalities impacting or affecting the surrounding communities the higher the emission taxes will be on the organisation
  • Emission taxes will be implemented, with effect from 1 January 2015
  • If any industry reduce the GHG emissions by the intended percentage ,emission taxes will be declined, reduces their taxes ramification
  • The ramifications of pollution goes beyond just costing your company millions in money but also costing your production time
  • The climate change response to the white paper policy does have several flagship programmes that aid in reducing your carbon emissions
  • Pricing of energy is important, this I ensures the external cost of climate change and environmental damages are minimal
  • Carbon tax can be complimented by effective and efficient revenue recycling, this can contribute to significant emissions reductions
  • Private and public sector need to establish an effective communication line, to ensure co-operation – we are all working for the same cause
The conference was rated as:
44% Excellent, 47%, 9% Average

Congratulations to Steven Netshishivhe who won a free seat to next year’s conference.
Looking forward to seeing you next year Steven.

Reducing your carbon footprint could spare your company millions on an annual basis however, this would depend on the method and efforts implemented and executed.

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