LEDnews 9th issue: The Green Economy

Dear SA LED Network member,

We have published the 9th Issue of LEDnews: The Green Economy.

Articles in this issue:

  • Editor’s note: Making Sense of the Green Economy
  • Low carbon development in the hand of local government
  • Local Government and the Green Economy
  • KZN Municipalities and the Green Revolution
  • Building a State That’s Responsive to The Green Economy
  • Droogfontein Solar Park Green Economy Project within Sol Plaatje Municipality
  • Stronger resource efficiency for desirable communities: How local innovation in asset stewardship ensures a prosperous economy


Editor’s note: Making Sense of the Green Economy

South Africa continues to be faced by the multiple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. At the same time, our economy is largely resource-driven and energy intensive. Compared internationally, South Africa is the 28th largest economy (total GDP, World Bank 2012) and at the same time the 12th largest producer of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide emissions, UNFCCC 2010).

South Africa’s abundant renewable energy resources (wind, solar, water) and extensive biodiversity offer new opportunities for the transition to a green economy and green jobs. This has been widely recognised across government departments for years and in 2013, we see green economy visions and targets reflected in most government strategies and plans. The National Development Plan for example prioritises six areas for job creation: infrastructure development, agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism and a green economy. But what is a ‘green’ economy and what does it mean for local government?

One important aspect of the green economy is at the same time its challenge: it does not have a single custodian in government but cuts across many areas: Economic Development includes it into policies and supports financing measures through DBSA and IDC. DTI supports green industry but needs other departments to implement further measures aimed at these industries. National Treasury develops fiscal measures in support of green industries and Science and Technology drives innovation in the field. The roles of the Departments for Environmental Affairs as well as Energy are also obvious. Other departments, including CoGTA, play important roles towards facilitating implementation at the local level. However, many questions remain on what approaches local governments should or could take.
Against this background, this LEDnews edition is dedicated to the Green Economy with a range of articles looking at the topic in different ways, illustrating examples and highlighting opportunities for local government to drive green LED.

Enjoy your read!

Your SA LED Network team


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