In 2015, TIPS, at the request of the then Department of Science and Technology, undertook a project to define "green research and development (R&D)" and determine the levels of green R&D investment in South Africa. In 2019, TIPS was requested by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to update and, where possible, enhance the initial 2015 research.
The purpose of the study was to assess progress made towards the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) target set by DSI for the period 2014-2019. While the principles and definitional framework remained the same as the 2015 study, TIPS, in collaboration with the DSI and CeSTII, refined the understanding of green R&D in 2019. This report provides the adjusted figures for the 2010/11-2012/13 period and also shows the trends in green R&D expenditure over seven years, from 2010/11 to 2016/17.