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Greening the Economy Learning Exchange: Facilitating investment to green the economy through joined-up government

On 6 - 7 November 2014, the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN) together with the Economic Development and Investment Promotions Unit (EDIPU) and the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) hosted the Green Economy Learning Exchange.

 One of the objectives of the Learning Exchange was to explore public and private sector investment in greening the economy. A further objective was to explore how national, provincial and local government policy and action can be aligned and integrated to create optimal conditions for investment.

The Learning Exchange explored various initiatives put forth in greening the economy and the Renewable Energy Project was one of the case studies emphasised by Ms Karen Breytenbach from National Treasury, Mr Alistair McMaster of the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) and Mr Mark Tanton, Managing Director of Red Cap Investments.
Participants explored Unilever and the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the initiatives these industries have in place in “greening the economy”. Central to the debate on greening the economy is the role and support that Government plays. Synonymous with the role of Government is that of policy. Policy and strategy drive agenda’s forward, a point emphasised by Ms Sharlin Hemraj from National Treasury. Important to further note is that when speaking about greening the economy issues such as Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability were emerging concepts.
Ms Susanna Godehart from eThekwini Municipality’s Energy Office illustrated the development of the Eco-Industrial Park (EIP) whose aim is to attract companies that invest into environmentally friendly industrial and commercial developments. The EIP is strategically aimed to be situated in Cornubia. Providing a provincial perspective on initiatives put forth to green the economy was Ms Liesel Beires from Kwa Zulu Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
Click here to access presentations from the event.


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