Sustainable Growth

Green Economy Coalition (4)

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The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is the largest global alliance of organisations working on a green economy. The membership spans Asia, Africa, South America, North America and Europe and represents a wide range of interests including the poorest, the environment, business, the United Nations, research and government. Despite its diversity, the coalition is committed to accelerating the transition to green and fair economies. In South Africa, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the African Centre for a Green Economy (African Centre are active members of the coalition. The Green Economy Coalition is supported by funding and assistance from the European Union.

TIPS in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, based at the University of Johannesburg, and in association with the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), hosting the 2017 Annual Forum in June, 2017. It was supported by the European Union and the Department of Trade and Industry. The theme of the Forum was Industrialisation and Sustainable Growth See Summary report of the Forum below.

GEC is also supporting the production of seven reports. Draft titles of the seven reports in production are:

  • Governance for South Africa’s sustainability transition: A critical review, by Gaylor Montmasson-Clair (completed)
  • A South African Strategy for Green Trade, by Christopher Wood
  • The role of plantation forestry for promoting sustainability in South Africa, by Struan R. Robertson
  • Nature in South Africa’s transition to sustainability: A stocktake, by Shakespear Mudombi
  • Transforming South Africa’s passenger transport sector for sustainable development in South Africa, by Bhavna Deonarain and Kelello Mashiane
  • Water sustainability in South Africa: Past, present, future, by Shakespear Mudombi
  • Building an environmentally-sustainable economy in South Africa, by Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

  • Year 2018
  • Publication Author(s) AM Amis (AfriCGE), G Montmasson-Clair (TIPS), E Benson (GEC) S Lugogo (AfriCGE)
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
5 out of 10 for South Africa’s transition to a green economy The South Africa Green Economy Barometer 2018 provides a snapshot of the transition to a fair, green economy. It is drawn from evidence of policy progress as well as the insights of civil society organisations who are tracking the transition…

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS and GEC
  • Publication Author(s) Christopher Wood
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The rapid growth of trade in environmental goods creates opportunities for South Africa, but is complicated by rising global protectionism, which demands a pro-active strategy to support South African exporters. This policy paper discusses a possible South African strategy for trade in environmental goods. It forms part of a series…

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation TIPS and GEC
  • Publication Author(s) Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper assesses the state of play in South Africa at each level of policymaking, relying on a policy pyramid approach. The policy pyramid framework aims to merge both top-down and bottom-up approaches of policymaking in a dynamic and iterative fashion. At all levels, this method suggests a cooperative governance…
The Annual Forum 2017 was hosted by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development, based at the University of Johannesburg, and in association with the Green Economy Coalition (GEC). It was supported by funding and assistance from the European Union (DCI-ENV/2016/372-84) and…