On 6 and 7 November, the Economies of Regions Learning Network held a learning event entitled: “Greening of the Economy: Facilitating investment to green the economy through joined-up government”. In the spirit of joined up government, the event was hosted in partnership with the City of eThekwini and the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE).The objective was to explore how to better facilitate a substantial increase in public and private sector investment in greening the economy and additionally, how to ensure that national, provincial and city government policy and action is aligned and integrated to create optimal conditions for investment.
GTAC’s Sharlin Hemraj set the context by providing an input on the National Green finance and policy landscape. Lolette Kritzinger presented the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme as case study of Investment Facilitation through Joined-Up Government. Thereafter Mark Tanton, the Managing Director of Red Cap investments (Pty) Ltd, a private company developing renewable energy projects in Southern Africa, gave a private sector perspective. Alistair McMaster provided an overview of the Eastern Cape enabling environment for sustainable energy investment. Key issues and challenges were then identified through facilitated discussion. Delegates then heard about the planned eThekwini Eco-Industrial Park and other green economy initiatives taking place in KwaZulu Natal. Unilever and the Moses Mabhida Stadium hosted site visits which focused on how they had integrated green economy principles into their operations. On day two, the highlight was the discussion of facilitating investment in the Green Economy, which was done in World Café Format.