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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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South Africa’s top exports to South Korea are iron ore, coal, ferroalloys and vehicles. Exports to South Korea accounted for about 2% of South Africa’s exports over the 2010 to 2019 period. South Korea has committed to a low-carbon energy policy and has set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of…
The European Union (EU) is a significant export destination for South African products. Between 2010 and 2019, exports to the EU averaged between 16% and 19% of South African exports. The main exports to the EU over this period were motor vehicles and metals. South African exports to the EU…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The forestry value chain faces many challenges. These include rising costs for transportation, labour, raw material inputs, energy and imported raw materials, exacerbated by poor road infrastructure that contributes to high maintenance costs and inefficiencies. Increasingly, climate change is an additional stressor that demands transitioning from business-as-usual practices. There is…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
A global transition to sustainable development is under way and strengthening as a response to multiple socio-environmental crises, including the global impacts of climate change. From a trade and industrial perspective, this transition has implications on the composition and dynamics of entire value chains. This concerns what inputs are accessed, the…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Concrete is the most manufactured product on the planet. It is the second most consumed product after water.  Unfortunately, the manufacturing of Original Portland Cement (OPC), which accounts for 98% of global cement production, is highly energy intensive and involves a chemical process of converting limestone into clinker which releases…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation Report by TIPS and Change Pathways for the DTIC and NAAMSA
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (TIPS), Anthony Dane (Change Pathways), Lesego Moshikaro (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The world of mobility is rapidly evolving worldwide. Technological developments are notably enabling the diversification of drivetrains, away from traditional internal combustion engines (ICE) towards electric and other alternative motors. While EVs still account for a marginal share of global vehicle sales, the shift is evident in leading markets. All…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS for the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair and Kudzai Mataba (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
With greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions coming to the fore of nations’ climate policy concerns, the wine industry faces a new challenge. Viniculture (grape cultivation for winemaking) is directly susceptible to climate change impacts due to grapevines being highly sensitive to the surrounding environment, such as changes in weather patterns. In…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (TIPS); Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
As South Africa responds to COVID-19 as well as aims to stimulate the economy and job creation post the lockdown through an infrastructure-led package, an opportunity should not be missed to address many of the water and sanitation challenges in the country. This is much needed and would provide multiple benefits…

  • Year 2020
  • Organisation United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair and Gillian Chigumira (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
South Africa aims to transition to an inclusive green economy, combining economic development, social progress and environmental preservation. Both the economy and society remain, however, highly unsustainable. Targeting the transition to an inclusive green economy therefore signifies a massive and disruptive shift, commanding a new model of development. Industrial policy…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Author Wolfe Braude (Emet Consulting), Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (TIPS)
Sugar is a key agricultural industry for South Africa, with sugarcane being the second largest South African field crop by gross value, surpassed only by maize. The industry generates R14 billion in revenues, with sugarcane farming contributing around 64% of this figure, employing up to 85 000 people across the…
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  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and Department of Science and Innovation
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (TIPS), Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS) and Georgina Ryan
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
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…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS and GEC
  • Author(s) Bhavna Deonarain, Kelello Mashiane (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper addresses which measures South Africa can implement to achieve and manage a meaningful and sustainable transformation of the country’s transport sector. Focussing on the passenger transport industry, it investigates the state of transport in South Africa and reviews existing measures undertaken towards transforming the sector using the improve…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, Global Commission on Adaptation
  • Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Muhammed Patel, Shakespear Mudombi (TIPS); Sasha Jattansingh, Ainka Granderson, Nicole Leotaud (Caribbean Natural Resources Institute)
Climate change impacts are being felt in low- and middle-income countries at an ever-increasing pace. The high dependency on climate-sensitive sectors as well as high vulnerability to climate change raise the need for quick responses and action. These climate events wreak havoc, ripping apart the fabric of societies, economies, and…

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
  • Author(s) Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) - Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Christopher Wood and Bhavna Deonarain
Biomaterials – plastics and composite-like technologies derived from waste and plant matter – offer an opportunity to help reduce the environmental impact of traditional plastics, while safeguarding the economic contribution made by the plastics and chemicals industry. This report proposes an action plan and implementation strategy to further the development…
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

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…
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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…
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  • 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,…
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