Green economy opens opportunities for local manufacturing

Engineering News 27 November 2012.

Growing the green economy in South Africa would open a number of opportunities in the manufacturing sector, particularly for solar water heaters (SWHs), Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday.

Under the Green Economy Accord, launched last year with an aim of creating 300 000 jobs by 2020, government committed to the installation of one-million SWHs by 2014.

At end September, the number of installations stood at 220 000.

Davies said that programmes such as the New Build Regulations (NBR), which the South African Bureau of Standards developed, would boost the uptake of solar water heating systems. “We haven’t yet had the impact of the NBR on the procurement numbers of solar water heaters, but this will have an effect on the demand,” he said…

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