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Barriers to greening the South African economy

Efforts to transform the South African economy into a green economy have been underway for almost a decade. However, this vision remains unrealised. This paper suggests potential ways for government, business and labour to address the overlapping barriers to ‘greening’ the South African economy.

Although South Africa has taken measures to enable the transition to a green economy, multiple barriers inhibit this. This Futures Food for Thought paper suggests that these barriers can be grouped into five cross-cutting thematic categories:

  • Economic: facilitate responsible investment, production and consumption decisions.
  • Institutions: encourage institutional coordination.

  • Technology: support incubating innovations.

  • Financing: change lending policies.

  • Skills: train people so as to create the scarce skills needed in the green economy.

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Barriers to greening the South African economy

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