Connecting Africa to China
China overtakes world in the adoption of electric buses
China owns and operates 99% of the 385 000 electric buses in the world.  9 500 cutting-edge electric buses are...
China pledges carbon neutrality by 2060
Xi Jinping, leader of the Chinese Communist Party and president of China, has pledged that his nation will become carbon neutral by 2060. He called for a “green revolution” and said China would scale up its targets under the Paris Climate Accord, in an address to the United Nations... Read more
Hydrogen power should be priority for SA government: mining exec
Promoting South Africa’s hydrogen economy should be a top priority for South African policymakers and industry leaders, says Steve Phiri, chief Executive of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat). Focusing resources on the relatively new industry may be help alleviate South Africa’s energy crisis, Phiri said at a virtual debate on... Read more
Chinese micro EV outsells Tesla two months after launch
China’s automotive industry has found an unlikely hero after the Wuling Hong Guang Micro electric vehicle (EV), a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and SAIC Motor, outsold the Tesla Model 3 in China. Chinese EV manufacturers eager to be the ”next Tesla” have had to find ways to... Read more
Chinese petrochemical giant to turn coal into fabric
Hengli Petrochemical, one of China’s largest privately-owned companies, has announced a move to turn coal into fabric. The $20 billion undertaking will produce polyester yarn, used in everything from clothing to packaging and bottling, from China’s vast coal reserves. In June, the chemical giant said it would make the... Read more
China puts the brakes on coal production
China has vowed to cap the nation’s coal-fired capacity at 1 100Gw and its active coal mines to 5 000 sites by the year’s end. China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said it would decommission outdated and inferior coal-fired power units, while it would still approve new coal plants... Read more
Zambia branches into solar power with Chinese help
Zambian state-owned power company, Zesco, has announced a partnership with Chinese construction company, PowerChina, to construct three large solar power plants that will add a further 600MW of electricity to the African nation’s grid. The signing of the deal, worth a reported US$548 million, coincides with the news that... Read more
Geely and Mercedes-Benz team up for smart car market
Chinese owned automobile company Geely and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler have teamed up to create a smart automobile. The joint venture will cost an estimated RMB5.4 billion and is set to shake-up the electric car market. Daimler and Geely will each contribute RMB2.7 billion to the venture. Mercedes-Benz will... Read more
Chinese construction giants to build Africa’s largest wind farm
Sany Heavy Industries, China’s largest industrial equipment manufacturer, has partnered with the regional government of Singida, Tanzania, to construct Africa’s largest wind farm. The company is a newcomer to turbine manufacturing, beginning operations in 2010, but is already China’s fourth largest exporter of turbine units. Sany produces turbine units... Read more
Apple launches China Clean Energy Fund
China and Apple have formed the China Clean Energy Fund The project will supply 134 megawatts of clean energy to China’s national grid Apple launched the first of its kind China Clean Energy Fund in 2018 to connect suppliers with clean energy projects in China. Along with Apple, 10... Read more
Northern China to get a ‘forest city’
China’s first forest city will have more than 40 000 trees It will be self-sufficient with a host of environmental benefits China is to get its first forest city — 175 hectares of trees, shrubs, and plants that cover the buildings and form vertical forests – in Liuzhou, in Guangxi,... Read more