Environmental Goods & Services Opportunities in South Africa

An Expert's View about Collection and Treatment of Hazardous Waste in South Africa

Posted on: 28 Sep 2010

South Africa has yet to fully develop all areas of its environmental industries. Government has put the environmental sector at the top of its political agenda for the first time.

Sector briefing Environmental Goods and Services Opportunities in South Africa Why South Africa? South Africa has yet to fully develop all areas of its environmental industries. Now though the ever increasing pressure on landfill sites, energy and natural resources means it is a market more open than ever to new technologies, management systems and innovation in environmental goods and services. 92% of South Africa?s energy comes from coal. 90% of waste in South Africa goes to landfill. The overall size of the South African environmental goods and services market is nearly £2.5billion. Key areas for developm ent include: ?The South African ? Waste Management & Recycling Government has put the ? Air Pollution environmental sector at the ? Carbon Capture and Storage top of its political agenda for ? Environmental Management Systems the first time.? ? Healthcare Waste ? Water and waste water treatment Find general information on the South African market conditions on UKTI?s website. The The new regulations introduced in August 2010 Doing Business Guide for South Africa gives an under the National Environment Management overview of South Africa?s economy, business Act add to the government?s growing culture, potential opportunities and an awareness in addressing the environmental introduction to other relevant issues. impact of Africa?s largest economy. Meeting the challenging targets laid out is a top priority. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Environmental Goods and Services in South Africa Opportunities Waste Management and Recycling establish themselves in international markets. Some are already exporting outside Africa to The waste management sector is going to offer Europe and the USA. They are pushing to huge opportunities for partnerships, technology acquire the appropriate ISO accreditation for transfer and consultants, increasingly so as their businesses to ensure that they meet the regulatory frameworks are embedded leading international standards required. to operators having to look to new technology to be able to use/operate alternative disposal Health Care Waste methods. The main challenge for any company wanting to access the South African market Health Care Waste processing in SA is offering alternative waste disposal solutions is orientated towards incineration although there cost effectiveness. are current discussions for new approaches that would, after treatment, turn medical waste Recycling offers opportunities as industry into more general waste. Overseas responds to new legislation which sets a technologies are extremely welcome as the national target to reduce the amount of ?Big 5? level of innovation and application in SA is waste products (plastics, cans, paper, glass extremely low in this industry. and tyres) going to landfill by 70% by 2022, Retail Industry and to have plans in place to minimise and Water and Waste Water Treatment treat the remaining 30%. A separate report is available upon request for Air Pollution these sectors and sub-sectors ? including Acid Mine Drainage as well as water security and The main polluters in Johannesburg and Cape waste water opportunities in SA. Town are household and transport, and in Durban it is those two along with major industries such as mining, refinery and chemicals. A stronger regulatory framework has been needed for a long time and the new NEMA EIA regulations are set to address this. Carbon Capture and Storage An atlas of potential underground storage sites for carbon dioxide emissions will be compiled for South Africa as part of a plan to be using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology by 2020. The first planned test injection of carbon dioxide is planned for 2016 and a demonstration plant for 2020. The atlas will cost two million South African rand (around If you have any questions on the opportunities US$219,000) while 25 million rand (around above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this US$2.7 million) has been raised for the new report. Business opportunities aimed centre. The most obvious carbon storage sites specifically at UK companies are added daily to are likely to be where gas, oil or coal has been UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our mined. staff overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors Environmental Management and in over 100 markets. Systems You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI There are opportunities in the environmental website. Find out more on UKTI?s business management systems (EMS) sub sector, as opportunities service on the UKTI website. most South African companies are seeking to UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Environmental Goods and Services in South Africa Major events and activities UKTI contacts http://www.frigairexpo.co.za/ - Heating, Corin Wilson Ventilation, Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Trade & Investment Adviser Energy Exhibition and Conference; 8 - 11 Sept UKTI Johannesburg 2010 T: +27 (11) 537 7209 F: +27 (11) 537 7257 http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/cogenza/ - E: corin.wilson@fco.gov.uk Co-Generation World Africa; 13 - 15 September 2010 Tamara Jardine Trade & Investment Officer http://www.bofe.co.za/ - Business UKTI Johannesburg Opportunities and Franchise Expo - with Eskom T: +27 (11) 537 7228 Development Foundation; 16 - 19 Sept 2010 F: +27 (11) 537 7257 E: tamara.jardine@fco.gov.uk http://www.exposummitafrica.com/ - Expo Summit Africa; 27 - 28 January 2011 http://www.spintelligent- events.com/auw2011/en/ - Africa Utility Week; 14 - 17 March 2011 http://www.terrapinn.com/2011/cleantechza/ - Clean Technology World Africa; 30 - 31 March 2011 http://www.exhibitionsafrica.com/2011/exhib_ 2011_watertec_main.asp - Water Tech; June 2011 Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Environmental Goods and Services in South Africa Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the South African market are you to meet contacts and promote your advised to undertake as much market research company in the Chinese market and planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in South Africa, with its wide local This work is available via our Overseas Market knowledge and experience, can provide a Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable range of services to British-based companies service which assists British-based companies wishing to grow their business in global wishing to enter or expand their business in markets. overseas markets. This can include: To find out more about commissioning this ? Provision of market information work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Validated lists of agents/distributors specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website ? Key market players or potential to find contact details for your local UKTI customers in the Chinese market office. ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Environmental Goods and Services in South Africa
Posted: 28 September 2010