South Africa: Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme Launched

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) and the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), has launched the Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme (GEIPP) in South Africa.

GEIPP aims to demonstrate the viability and benefits of Eco-Industrial Park approaches in scaling up resource productivity and improving economic, environmental and social performances of businesses and thereby contribute to inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the participating developing and transition economies.

The programme was launched during a virtual ceremony held on Monday and officially opened by dtic Deputy Director-General Sipho Zikode and Ambassador of Switzerland to South Africa, Dr Nicolas Brühl.

The project is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented internationally by UNIDO.

South Africa was chosen to host the programme of Eco-Industrial Parks (EIP) to support the Industrial Park Revitalisation Programme (IPRP) of the dtic, matching the core focus areas of economic, social and environmental benefit in support of the national priorities to address poverty, employment, inequality and growth.

The NCPC-SA will be the national implementer of the three-year programme, following a successful pilot project in 2018-19.

The EIP approach is flexible and can be applied to parks of all sizes, both private and publicly owned.

Zikode said that the NCPC-SA project will focus on three government-owned EIP parks, including East London Industrial Development Zone (SEZ), the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park and Ekandustria.