In South Africa, early movers are profiting from a strong export market in “green goods” – primarily pollution and wastewater management technologies. However, the country currently imports twice as many “green” goods and services – largely renewable energy technologies – as it exports. The Government of South Africa is showing a strong commitment to create the conditions for new “green” export industries to thrive, and to take advantage of the potential to produce green products and services domestically, rather than to import them.
South African leaders have declared their desire for the country to transition to a green economy, with the aim of attaining inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth. Since 2011, eight of the country’s nine provinces have begun drafting provincial green economy strategies. However, inorder to fully benefit from the strong domestic and international market in green goods, policymakers, including those at the provincial level, must possess the knowledge and resources to drive this change.
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