Green economy and South Africa's industrial policy

  • Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019
  • Time: 8.30-12.00
  • Venue: TIPS, 234 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
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South Africa, in line with global trends, aims to transition to an inclusive green economy. Industrial policy is core to this process, notably to ensure a ‘just transition’, consisting of maximising the benefits of the transition and minimising the risks associated with not transitioning; but done in line with South Africa’s capabilities to minimise the short-term trade-offs and threats. This requires a careful alignment of South Africa’s industrial policy with the inclusive green economy paradigm to support the country’s green industrial development.

In order to inform such a transformation, TIPS, within the framework of a UN Environment project financed by the EU, conducted a review of South Africa’s industrial policy from an inclusive green economy lens. It investigated the extent to which South Africa’s industrial policy is responding to, if not driving, the country’s transition to an inclusive green economy.

The workshop aims to share findings and recommendations from the research and gather insights from key stakeholders on their relevance and possible implementation. The review applies a methodology developed by UN Environment and looks at policy process, policy design and policy implementation with regards to the transition to green industrial development.


08h30 – 09h00: Registration and arrival
09h00 – 09h15: Opening and welcome, Department of environment Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) and Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)
09h15 – 09h30: Presentation of global trends on green industrial policy, UN Environment
09h30 – 10h00: Presentations of review findings, TIPS
10h00 – 11h45: Discussion
11h45 – 12h00: Closure
12h00: Lunch


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