The Western Cape Provincial Government of South Africa is committed to going green – in fact they have a campaign called 110% Green which calls on organizations to commit to being part of a dynamic and innovative Green Economy through commitment, action and impact. The 110% Green initiative aims to have the Western Cape become Africa’s Green Economic Hub.
Over 110 organisations have already been selected as 110% Green Flagships to establish themselves as the innovators and entrepreneurs of the Green Economy. The Green Africa Directory became a Flagship in 2013 – expressing our co-responsibility in contributing to building the Green Economy.
The Western Cape Government has also developed several green initiatives in partnership with other organisations to promote Green Economic activity in the province – these include the Better Living Challenge, the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) and the Give Green Initiative.
The Better Living Challenge calls for sustainable solutions to improve living conditions in low-income households and makes R500 000 of support available for each competition winner to take their idea to market!
The WISP Programme is a free facilitation service which assists companies to gain value to under-utilised resources (materials, energy, water, assets, logistics, land and expertise). It uses industrial symbiosis to improve resource efficiency within businesses, diverting waste from landfill and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while creating cost savings and new sales for businesses simultaneously.
The Give Green Initiative aims to encourage the procurement of environmentally-friendly, sustainably and locally-produced goods.
Green is Smart: the Western Cape’s Green Economy Strategy Framework
‘Green is Smart’ is the name of the Western Cape’s Green Economy Strategy Framework which was launched in 2013 and which establishes the goal of becoming “the lowest carbon province; to redesign the way we live and work in our cities and towns; to harness the innovative energy of our globally recognised information and communications technology (ICT) sector to develop solutions appropriate to emerging market conditions; and to become a globally preferred investment centre. The Strategy makes reference to a London LCeGs sector study in 2011, which estimated the global market value of the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector in 2009/10 at US$5 trillion – forecast to grow 17% by 2013/14.
Green is Smart sets priorities and identifies where the Western Cape has the potential to be a pioneer and early adopter of technologies and economic activity that support our strategic goal.
The strategy framework comprises 5 drivers of the green economy that are market focused and principally private sector driven:
- Smart living & working;
- Smart mobility;
- Smart ecosystems;
- Smart agri-production;
- Smart enterprise.
These drivers are supported by 5 enablers that are either the domain of the public sector or the product of a collaborative effort:
- Rules & regulation;
- Knowledge management;