• Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair; Georgina Ryan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Policy Paper prepared for the Economic Development Department and the Department of Trade and Industry The impact of electricity price increases on the competitiveness of selected mining sector and smelting value chains in South Africa: Has it incentivised mining-related companies to invest in renewable energy, cogeneration and energy efficiency? This research project was jointly commissioned by…"
Published in Energy

  • Year 2013
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sustainlabour
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This report is part of the project called the “Social Dialogue for Green and Decent Jobs. South Africa - European Dialogue on Just Transition” funded by EuropeAid's budget line SA/21.060200-01-08. The project has been cofunded by Sustainlabour. The Congress of South African Trade Unions – COSATU acts as partner organization. Overall it is…"
Published in Green Economy

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In 2012, South Africa remains faced with the triple developmental challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. In addition, the country's current economic growth model is heavily resource and energy-intensive, aggravating pressures on the environment and the threat of climate change. The transition to a green economy, stemming from the concept of sustainable development,…"

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
This paper investigates the potential to harness trade finance to foster the development of a green economy in developing countries. The world is facing multiple crises of sustainability: global financial crisis, climate change, and the overuse of natural resources. Many developing countries are additionally destabilized by poverty, disease, corruption, and failures in democratic…"
Published in Green Economy

  • Project ASSET Research
  • Year 2012
  • Author(s) Marco Pauw
The principle that the person or the organisation responsible for pollution or environmental degradation should be responsible for the restoration of the affected ecosystem has been established in South African law. However, what constitute successful restoration remains a contentious issue. This policy brief considers two examples and make recommendations for improving the regulatory…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Project ASSET Research
  • Year 2012
  • Author(s) Helanya Fourie; David le Maitre
This policy uses the Agulhas Plain as an example to compare two different pos-clearing land-use options that can be used to support livelihoods in the area: restoring natural capital to allow wildflower harvesting, or using the land for bioenergy production. Authors: Helanya Fourie, Western Cape Department of Agriculture and ASSET Research, and David…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Project ASSET Research
  • Year 2012
  • Author(s) DJ Crookes; JN Blignaut
The marketability of the natural environment is influenced by different forms of restoration activities, which in turn has cost implications depending on the different types of ecosystems and the extent of the damage. This brief adopts an economic approach to explore some of the key market challenges. Authors: Douglas J Crookes, University of…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Project ASSET Research
  • Year 2012
  • Author(s) Jacques Cloete; Nico Smit
An increase in tree density, or bush thickening, beyond a certain threshold may be detrimental for the ecosystem and reduce the productivity of such rangeland for agriculture and conservation. However, the woody plants in areas where there is bush thickening present at opportunity to harvest the wood as bio-fuel. Authors: Jacques Cloete, University…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation IDC; BSA; TIPS
  • Author(s) Jorge Maia; Thierry Giordano
Joint report from Industrial Development Corporation, Development Bank of Southern Africa and TIPS In its recent green economy study, UNEP9 concluded that environmental sustainability and economic progress are not opposing forces and that significant benefits will flow from the greening of the world's economies. Greening generates increases in wealth, measured in classical terms…"
Published in Green Economy

  • Project SADRN
  • Year 2011
The quest for new sources of energy away from traditional petroleum products has in recent times led to the development and use of biological material (biomass). As the name suggests, biofuels are developed from organic materials. Thus an increase in the price of oil has also increased demand for biofuels, resulting in a…"
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Alex McNamara
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The construction sector has a key role to play in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. Not only can firms in the sector, by using less energy-intensive and polluting strategies and techniques, contribute to this reduction, these firms can also encourage clients to utilize such technologies. The construction sector encompasses a range of segments;…"
Published in Climate Change

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation Camco; TIPS
  • Author(s) Alex McNamara
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity generation was released for public comment by the South African Department of Energy (DOE) in October 2010. While the document is therefore still in draft form, and will presumably be refined in the final stage of public engagement, it is worthwhile to reflect on the…"
Published in Climate Change

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Anton Cartwright
This paper maps developments in the energy, climate change adaptation and water sectors that have the potential to benefit the South African economic development process. Whilst the risks associated with environmental disasters form part of the analysis, the emphasis is on the concepts and emerging opportunities that could benefit South Africa's development cause."
Published in Green Economy

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation Trade and Pro-Poor Growth Thematic Working Group
  • Author(s) Thomas Funke
  • Countries and Regions Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU)
A number of research organisations around the world have recently attempted to capture and explain the impacts that biofuel policies have on agricultural commodity markets. Previously, food price inflation has gone along with the general inflation trend but this has changed. On the supply side the international market has experienced a slightly shorter…"

  • Year 2002
  • Author(s) J.N. Blignaut; T Demana
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
High expectations exist about the possible contribution of SMMEs to economic growth and development in South Africa. It is recognized, however, that SMMEs are seriously constrained in many regards, amongst others, legal and institutional requirements, whereas the authorities do not have adequate capacity for enforcement. Non-compliance cannot therefore be effectively sanctioned. The same…"
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Trade and the Environment

  • Year 2002
  • Author(s) Dockel Max; Roland Mirrilees
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The paper discusses the current developments concerning the environment and trade, as well as its implications for South Africa. This is followed by a brief outline of the threats and opportunities that are created for the economy by this renewed emphasis on sustainable development"

  • Year 2002
  • Author(s) O.A. Akinboade; E.W. Niedermeier
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In the early 1990s, about two-thirds of South Africans were without electricity, relying on dirtier and less convenient fuel such as coal. As a result, urban air is severely degraded, with health guidelines for concentration of particulate materials being exceeded. Eskom dominates the electricity market of sub-Saharan Africa generates about 95% of South…"
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