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Delphis Eco poses questions to South African Parliament

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, will be held in Durban, South Africa from the 28 November - 9 December 2011.

In the lead up to COP17 Delphis Eco South Africa is posing questions to the South African Minster of International Relations and Cooperation and the South African Minster of Water and Environmental Affairs questioning their sustainable procurement and use of ecological chemicals during the Summit.

To ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

1)      Whether, in choosing the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban as the venue for the COP17 climate change negotiations, any consideration was given to the degree to which cleaning products used by the centre management to clean the venue are eco-friendly, if so, what are the relevant details, if not, why not;

2)      Whether the Department is satisfied that the cleaning products that will be used to clean the ICC during COP17 are eco-friendly, if so, how was this conclusion reached, if not, what will done to rectify the situation;

3)      Whether the cleaning products that will be used to clean the ICC during COP17 are bio-degradable, if so, what are the relevant details, if not, why not;

4)      Whether the cleaning products that will be used to clean the ICC during COP17 are accredited under any ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly’ accreditation system, if so, what are the relevant details, if not, why not?

To ask the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs:

1)      (a) What is the name of the entity that has the contract to clean the offices of the Department of Environmental Affairs in Pretoria and (b) when was the entity appointed;

2)      Whether in considering the tender for this cleaning contract there were specifications given in the tender documents for use of eco-friendly cleaning products by the bidding entities, if so, what are the relevant details, if not, why not;

3)      Whether the Department is satisfied that the cleaning products being used to clean the Department’s offices are eco-friendly, if so, how was this conclusion reached, if not, what will done to rectify the situation;

4)      Whether the cleaning products being used to clean the Department’s offices are bio-degradable, if so, what are the relevant details, if not, why not;

5)      Whether the cleaning products being used to clean the Department’s offices are accredited under any ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly’ accreditation system, if so, what are the relevant details, if not, why not?

We will keep you posted as to the answers we receive from these South African ministries.

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