Greening the South African Economy WebPDF

Scoping the issues, challenges and opportunities



    Edition: 1st edition
  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 9781775820864
  • Extent: 496 pages
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  • Category: Social Sciences

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The depletion of South Africa’s (and in some cases the world’s) natural resources and the degradation of environmental sinks (including the atmosphere, lakes and rivers, and land) are continuing at such a rate that natural resource prices are climbing and many critical ecosystem services that underpin human welfare are increasingly threatened.


The concept of the ‘green economy’ has gained increasing traction in South African policy discourses over the past few years. However, in much of this discourse it is viewed in a piecemeal way as one part or sector of the economy (e.g. an industrial sector dealing with manufacture and installation of renewable energy technologies and energy-efficient equipment and appliances). In the view of the authors, ‘greening the South African economy’ requires an application of sustainability principles and practices across the full range of primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the economy in an integrated manner. The aim of this book is therefore to apply principles of sustainability and ‘green economics’ to the entire South African socio-economic system and its major elements in an integrated and comprehensive manner.

Chapter1 The Green Accord: Launchpad for a green transition or PR exercise
Chapter2 Beyond GDP: a green economy dashboard for South Africa 
Chapter3 Climate change and the low carbon transition 
Chapter4 Economy-wide material flow accounting for the South African economy 
Chapter5 Green growth engines and green jobs 
Chapter6 Agroecological farming and soil rehabilitation 
Chapter7 Towards sustainable food systems and nutrient flows 
Chapter8 Sustainable forestry 
Chapter9 Extractivism, its deadly impacts and struggles towards a post-extractivist future 
Chapter10 Greening the manufacturing sector 
Chapter11 From the political economy of the MEC to the political ecology of the “green economy” 
Chapter12 Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy 
Chapter13 Transport beyond oil 
Chapter14 Water for greening the economy 
Chapter15 Waste management reform and the green economy: when will they meet?
Chapter16 Mainstreaming ecological infrastructure in planning and investment 
Chapter17 Greening the National Infrastructure Programme 
Chapter18 Financing the green economy 
Chapter19 Infrastructure planning for resource efficient cities 
Chapter20 Ecological literacy, a sense of wonder, and more - Johan Hattingh, Eve Annecke
Chapter21 Facilitating social change - Rebecca Freeth, Eve Annecke
Chapter22 The conceptual power of currere and the transition to a green economy 
Chapter23 Innovation systems  for green business 
Chapter24 Million Climate Jobs Campaign

Economists, academics, students and policy-makers with an interest in sustainable development and green futures in South Africa and similar developing countries.

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The depletion of South Africa’s (and in some cases the world’s) natural resources and the degradation of environmental sinks (including the atmosphere, lakes and rivers, and land) are continuing at such a rate that natural resource prices are climbing and many critical ecosystem services that underpin human welfare are increasingly threatened.


The concept of the ‘green economy’ has gained increasing traction in South African policy discourses over the past few years. However, in much of this discourse it is viewed in a piecemeal way as one part or sector of the economy (e.g. an industrial sector dealing with manufacture and installation of renewable energy technologies and energy-efficient equipment and appliances). In the view of the authors, ‘greening the South African economy’ requires an application of sustainability principles and practices across the full range of primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the economy in an integrated manner. The aim of this book is therefore to apply principles of sustainability and ‘green economics’ to the entire South African socio-economic system and its major elements in an integrated and comprehensive manner.

Chapter1 The Green Accord: Launchpad for a green transition or PR exercise
Chapter2 Beyond GDP: a green economy dashboard for South Africa 
Chapter3 Climate change and the low carbon transition 
Chapter4 Economy-wide material flow accounting for the South African economy 
Chapter5 Green growth engines and green jobs 
Chapter6 Agroecological farming and soil rehabilitation 
Chapter7 Towards sustainable food systems and nutrient flows 
Chapter8 Sustainable forestry 
Chapter9 Extractivism, its deadly impacts and struggles towards a post-extractivist future 
Chapter10 Greening the manufacturing sector 
Chapter11 From the political economy of the MEC to the political ecology of the “green economy” 
Chapter12 Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy 
Chapter13 Transport beyond oil 
Chapter14 Water for greening the economy 
Chapter15 Waste management reform and the green economy: when will they meet?
Chapter16 Mainstreaming ecological infrastructure in planning and investment 
Chapter17 Greening the National Infrastructure Programme 
Chapter18 Financing the green economy 
Chapter19 Infrastructure planning for resource efficient cities 
Chapter20 Ecological literacy, a sense of wonder, and more - Johan Hattingh, Eve Annecke
Chapter21 Facilitating social change - Rebecca Freeth, Eve Annecke
Chapter22 The conceptual power of currere and the transition to a green economy 
Chapter23 Innovation systems  for green business 
Chapter24 Million Climate Jobs Campaign

Economists, academics, students and policy-makers with an interest in sustainable development and green futures in South Africa and similar developing countries.

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