South African Green Economy Modelling Report


Green Economy Modelling Report  of South Africa

Focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy Sectors

The study, South African Green Economy Modelling, shows that investing in a low-carbon, resource efficient green economy is fundamental for South Africa’s sustained economic growth and well-being.

Based on the government’s current targets and expenditures, the report identifies possible opportunities for achieving government targets in each of these four sectors.

The report finds that a green economy approach - such as investing in low-carbon technologies, green buildings, and renewable energy - can create more jobs than a business as usual approach, while supporting the same level of economic growth, yet with lower emissions of greenhouse gases and less environmental damage.


Background Information


The study was commissioned by UNEP at the request of South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, with technical assistance from the Millennium Institute and the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies of Stellenbosch University. Funded by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme supported stakeholder consultations and capacity building activities related to the implementation of the project.

South Africa is one of over 30 countries currently availing of UNEP’s Green Economy Advisory Services. The support package consists of policy advice, technical assistance and capacity building provided to governments in support of their national and regional initiatives to transform and revitalize their economies.


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Press Release
23 August 2013 [En]


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(128 pages - 4,48 MB)