CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 2016 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa

Posted by Sarah O'Carroll on 14 March 2016 | 7560 Comments

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are proud to invite applications for the 2016 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA). The programme combines a competition and a business accelerator to offer participants progressing through the programme extensive mentoring, training, access to investors and opportunities to showcase their innovations to the media and the public. Participants stand a chance to win a cash award and national business support awards, in addition to a trip to Silicon Valley, CA, to participate in the Cleantech Open Global Forum. The Call for Applications is now open from 14 March 2016 until 29 April 2016.   TIA is inviting innovative start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises focused on commercialisation of local cutting-edge and innovative clean technology solutions related to energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency. ...

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WISP is hiring!

Posted by Sarah O'Carroll on 31 March 2015 | 460693 Comments

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GreenCape is looking to two new facilitators to the team! If you are interested in applying for this position please email a CV with references, together with a one-page covering letter, to jobs@green-cape. co. za by 09:00 on Monday 20 April 2015. For more information on job description and requirements, see the full advert here. Best of luck to all applicants!. ...

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WISP featured in Governments Going Circular – Global Scan Best Practices

Posted by Sarah O'Carroll on 12 February 2015 | 5357 Comments

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WISP has been identified as Global Best Practice Example of a circular economy initiative that was initiated and supported by regional institutions, government and local authorities. A report has been developed by Accenture, De Groene Zaak EY, IMSA and Royal Haskoning DHV that details the key findings from investigating over 30 initiatives world-wide that stimulate the transition towards a more circular economy.   Access the website on govsgocircular. com Download a digital copy of the report here. ...

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PSEE Energy Efficiency Workshops

Posted by Sarah O'Carroll on 10 February 2015 | 42828 Comments

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The PSEE is running a series of fully-funded energy efficiency in February and March. These workshops may be a valuable opportunity to understand what your business can do to enhance your energy efficiency, save on electricity costs and contribute towards the sustainability of your business.   To find out more about these events, follow this link.    . ...

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SADC Industrial Symbiosis Knowledge Sharing Week

Posted by Sarah O'Carroll on 20 January 2015 | 119858 Comments

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SADC Industrial Symbiosis Knowledge Sharing Week Delegates from Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tanzania visit Cape Town to explore the potential for facilitated industrial symbiosis programmes in their own countries *Sarah O’Carroll* *05 November 2014* The first African initiative to share knowledge and collaborate on the development of industrial symbiosis programmes took place in Cape Town from 21 – 23 October. The event took the form of industrial symbiosis training for government and industry delegates from four Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, namely Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tanzania. It allowed delegates to explore the role industrial symbiosis could play in achieving their countries’ development goals including resource efficiency, job creation and economic development, and to develop strategies for the uptake of industrial symbiosis through the delivery of industrial symbiosis programmes in their countries. The event was organised by the GreenCape Sector Development Agency, working with the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) and International Synergies Limited (ISL), and was funded by the British High Commission through its Prosperity Fund. The first day of the event focussed on providing the delegates of an understanding of the implementation of facilitated industrial symbiosis programmes around the world and the successes achieved. ...

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WISP Shortlisted as a Finalist in the Cities/Regions Category for The Circular Awards 2015

Posted by Sarah O'Carroll on 15 January 2015 | 6986 Comments

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The WISP Team received very exciting news in December that it had been shortlisted as finalist in the Cities/regions category of The Circular Economy Awards 2015. This is very exciting news for the programme as it was selected among 200 entries from around the world! The Circular Economy Awards recognise individuals and enterprises from commerce, civil society and academia who have made a notable contribution to driving circular economy principles. The award ceremony for the category winners will be held at the World Econoic Forum in Davos on 20 January 2015. The Cities/Regions category will honour the city or region which best enables an environment for the circular economy to develop and flourish.   WISP's award entry was submitted based on the programme's successful pilot year in 2013-2014 as well as two "world first" innovations that enabled the programme's early success and momentum: Designing the programme to ensure that high level government buy-in was established, resulting in strong support and promotion; and Setting up the programme and database platform for national scalability, resulting in rapid regional expansion and leveraging additional funding. ...

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WISP Successfully Achieves Business Benefits by Diverting Material from Landfill

Posted by WISP on 10 October 2014 | 2758 Comments

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The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) is one of several initiatives funded by the Western Cape Government’s Green Economy Initiative. WISP was initiated to address challenges faced by businesses such as rising raw material and electricity prices, and the need for the province to become more resource efficient and reduce its carbon intensity. WISP is a free facilitation service that uses industrial symbiosis to enhance business profitability and sustainability by connecting companies so that one company’s under-utilised or residual resources (materials, energy, water, assets, logistics and expertise) can be used by another company. WISP is delivered by GreenCape, a Sector Development Agency for the Green Economy established by the Western Cape Government in 2010. Since the commencement of the programme, the WISP Team has successfully grown an industrial symbiosis network of more than 150 companies across a diverse range of industries. ...

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