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South Africa has shown an increasing commitment to sustainable development. Along with its involvement in international negotiations, it has developed its own national framework for a shift to a green economy.

South Africa recognises sustainable development as a human right in the Bill of Rights of its 1996 Constitution and also committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which include environmental sustainability as a target. A National Framework for Sustainable Development was adopted in 2008 and, building on this, a National Strategy for Sustainable Development and Action Plan 2011 – 2014 was published as government policy on 23 November 2011. South African policies and strategic documents, such as the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the New Growth Path and the National Development Plan, have increasingly mainstreamed the importance of the green economy in the country.

The country is also a party to both the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and has made commitments under the Cancun Agreement for its greenhouse gas emissions to “peak, plateau and decline”, with reductions in emissions of 34% in 2020 and 42% in 2025.

South Africa is also party to many international conventions and agreements on biodiversity (such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance) and pollution issues (such as the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Montreal Protocol for the Protection of the Ozone Layer).

Within this highly-interconnected context, TIPS’s Sustainable Growth pillar has maintained a triple focus on both climate change, the green economy and energy issues since its inception in 2010. In line with TIPS’s overall strategy, the Sustainable Growth focus area delivers analysis, dialogue facilitation and policy application services in these areas:

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Green economy policies and strategies

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE)
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The third Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference was held in Cape Town in January 2019. The theme of the conference was Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies. More than 500 leaders and innovators from the government, private and the civil society sectors from more than 50…
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Inclusivity within the green economy

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE)
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair and Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS)
The third Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference was held in Cape Town in January 2019. The theme of the conference was Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies. More than 500 leaders and innovators from the government, private and the civil society sectors from more than 50…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation Change Pathways and TIPS
  • Author(s) Anthony Dane, Dave Wright and Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The world is moving quickly towards electric vehicles (EVs). South Africa needs to prepare for this to manage the negative transition impacts and maximise the positive impacts. This policy brief explores the opportunity to develop a proactive policy framework that would shape and drive a just transition for the benefit of…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and Government of Flanders
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Shakespear Mudombi, Muhammed Patel
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses. This report is part of a broader…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and Government of Flanders
  • Author(s) Muhammed Patel
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses. This case study is part of a…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and Government of Flanders
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses. This case study is part of a…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and Government of Flanders
  • Author(s) Shakespear Mudombi
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses. This case study is part of a…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and Government of Flanders
  • Author(s) Muhammed Patel
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses. This case study is part of a…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and Government of Flanders
  • Author(s) Shakespear Mudombi
Climate change will have drastic impacts on South Africa’s economy and society, and the need to adapt is urgent. As the country embarks on a just transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally-sustainable economy, an opportunity exists to develop domestic small, green businesses. This case study is part of a…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS and GEC
  • Author(s) Struan R. Robertson
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper assesses opportunities in the plantation forestry industry and the role the sector can play in promoting sustainable outcomes in terms of reaping socioeconomicbenefits and safeguarding positive environmental spillover benefits in carbon sequestration,substitute habitat, and conservation. It forms part of a series of papers aimed at providing a barometer of…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS and GEC
  • Author(s) Shakespear Mudombi
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This policy paper reviews the valuation, protection and management of nature in South Africa. It forms part of a series of papers aimed at providing a barometer of South Africa’s transition to sustainable development. 

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation WWF South Africa and TIPS
UNLOCKING GREEN JOBS IN SOUTH AFRICA The Unlocking Green Jobs: A Catalytic Intervention was a two-year initiative and collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA) and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). Published reports include a synthesis report, Unlocking green jobs in South Africa: A catalytic intervention,…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS; Water Research Commission; Department of Trade and Industry
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
These three reports are part of a tri-partite initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Water Research Commission and TIPS on the development and growth of the water and sanitation industry in South Africa. Global water and sanitation market dynamics: Implications for South Africa’s industrial development…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS; Water Research Commission; Department of Trade and Industry
  • Author(s) Shakespear Mudombi
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
These three reports are part of a tri-partite initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Water Research Commission and TIPS on the development and growth of the water and sanitation industry in South Africa. Forward-looking approach to next generation sanitation and industrial development in South Africa…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS; Water Research Commission; Department of Trade and Industry
  • Author(s) Muhammed Patel
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
These three reports are part of a tri-partite initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the Water Research Commission and TIPS on the development and growth of the water and sanitation industry in South Africa. Desalination in South Africa: panacea or peril for industrial development? This paper…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation WWF South Africa and TIPS
  • Author(s) Daryl McLean (Rhodes University, Environmental Learning Research Centre); Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS)
UNLOCKING GREEN JOBS IN SOUTH AFRICA The Unlocking Green Jobs: A Catalytic Intervention was a two-year initiative and collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA) and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). Published reports include a synthesis report, Unlocking green jobs in South Africa: A catalytic intervention,…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation WWF South Africa and TIPS
  • Author(s) Mike Ward (Creating Sustainable Value) and Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
UNLOCKING GREEN JOBS IN SOUTH AFRICA The Unlocking Green Jobs: A Catalytic Intervention was a two-year initiative and collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA) and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). Published reports include a synthesis report, Unlocking green jobs in South Africa: A catalytic intervention,…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation WWF South Africa and TIPS
  • Author(s) Nicola Jenkin (Pinpoint Sustainability) and Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
UNLOCKING GREEN JOBS IN SOUTH AFRICA The Unlocking Green Jobs: A Catalytic Intervention was a two-year initiative and collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA) and Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS). Published reports include a synthesis report, Unlocking green jobs in South Africa: A catalytic intervention,…

  • Year 2018
  • Author(s) AM Amis (AfriCGE), G Montmasson-Clair (TIPS), E Benson (GEC) S Lugogo (AfriCGE)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
5 out of 10 for South Africa’s transition to a green economy The South Africa Green Economy Barometer 2018 provides a snapshot of the transition to a fair, green economy. It is drawn from evidence of policy progress as well as the insights of civil society organisations who are tracking the transition…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS and GEC
  • Author(s) Christopher Wood
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The rapid growth of trade in environmental goods creates opportunities for South Africa, but is complicated by rising global protectionism, which demands a pro-active strategy to support South African exporters. This policy paper discusses a possible South African strategy for trade in environmental goods. It forms part of a series…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS and GEC
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper assesses the state of play in South Africa at each level of policymaking, relying on a policy pyramid approach. The policy pyramid framework aims to merge both top-down and bottom-up approaches of policymaking in a dynamic and iterative fashion. At all levels, this method suggests a cooperative governance…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
  • Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
A green economy industry and trade analysis: Assessing South Africa’s potential A global transition to sustainable development is under way as a response to multiple environmental crises, including the widespread impacts of climate change. South Africa has embraced the shift to a green economy to attain inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth…
The Annual Forum 2017 was hosted by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, based at the University of Johannesburg, and in association with the Green Economy Coalition (GEC). It was supported by funding and assistance from the European Union (DCI-ENV/2016/372-84) and…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation South African-Germany Energy Partnership
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Karin Kritzinger, Louise Scholtz, Manisha Gulati
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The growth of renewable energy technologies is re-shaping energy systems across the globe. In South Africa, which relies on coal-fired power plants for 90% of electricity generation, this trend suggests a critical shift in dynamics, generating numerous risks and opportunities at all levels of the value chain. This is particularly…

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation Report compiled for WWF-SA by TIPS
  • Author(s) Meshack Zwane and Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Report produced by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies for WWF-SA, South Africa. WWF received funding from the British High Commission to establish a programme to provide the South African agri-food value chain with tools and information to understand and proactively respond to climate risks in the value chain thereby supporting on-going productivity in…

  • Year 2015
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This Working Paper is drawn from research by TIPS prepared for the Global Green Growth Institute, the Economic Development Department and the Department of Trade and Industry. The research explored the impact of electricity price increases on the competitiveness of selected mining sector and smelting value chains in South Africa,…

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair; Georgina Ryan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Energy and electricity issues in particular have been high on the South African agenda since the 2008 crisis, which saw the country’s national power utility Eskom implement rolling load shedding and cut supplies to a number of large customers, such as mines and minerals beneficiation plants. As South Africa experienced…

  • 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…

  • Year 2013
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Discussion document prepared for the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum held in Paris in March 2013. This paper conducts a case study focused on the state of the tracking of public and private climate-related inflows to South Africa. It investigates South Africa's strategy on climate finance (tracking) and…

  • 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.…
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