Green economy pioneers: innovative approaches, business models and partnerships

Images by Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa and German Technical Agency (GIZ)

10-11 January 2019, Cape Town, South Africa -  Part of the 3rd PAGE Ministerial Conference was an exhibition of pioneers in green economy. The exhibition highlighted and celebrated drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship and demonstrated what South Africa is doing towards implementing tools and strategies to accelerate the transition towards a low carbon and climate resilient green economy.

More than 20 companies, start-ups and NGOs from various sectors such as tourism, waste management, bio-engineering, sustainable technology, renewable energy, market access support, capacity building, environmental protection and inclusive social development showcased their work, ranging from educational initiatives to innovative engineering projects.

Their activities include supporting disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, providing training and education programmes, supporting youth, promoting inclusive sustainable practices in the industry sector, promoting sustainability in big scale events, engaging in waste management in various areas (wastewater, health care waste, biomass waste, marine debris) and recycling, sustainable transport, resource efficiency and an overall aim to raise awareness for these important matters.