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Green Building Design Group

global partner of choice in the green economy

Client Portfolio

vision for the future

serving the globe

Our client portfolio includes the energy, construction, academia, financial services, manufacturing, media, government, NGO, property, transport, oil & gas sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Green Economy directly impacts all the industries and sectors. Green Building Design Group works with clients across the various industry value chains in helping them achieve their sustainability and climate change mitigation goals.



The underpinning ethos to the work that we do is “Converge.Connect.Create”.


We converge towards an opportunity; we connect with the right people and we create sustainable solutions that address climate change at a continental level.


Monitoring, alarming, and reporting tools that enable enhanced safety and risk management of your building asset portfolio

What We Achieve

2019 Sub-Saharan African Energy Innovator of the Year (Association of Energy Engineers)

Green Building Design Group is a leading multi-industry, multi-disciplinary global advisory company that guides private and public sector clients to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within infrastructure projects.

Our expertise & combined experience of over 40 years in the green economy includes driving and influencing policy implementation through direct access to the regulatory bodies as well as provincial and municipal governments, and providing structured mentorship of industry participants through a wide variety of innovative tools and processes.

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The future

Socio-economic model that is climate-neutral, resilient, sustainable and inclusive

In view of the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous voices are emerging from all areas of society suggesting we use this moment of recovery as an opportunity to drive the transition to a new socio-economic model that is climate-neutral, resilient, sustainable and inclusive. This is what is known as the Green Recovery. Green Building Design Group is well positioned to work with our partners and clients to drive this thinking into actual implementation for a better world and social compact

We are a 100% Black women owned and controlled South African company.
12l tax incentives carbon tax green economy
Songo Didiza

Retail Capital Journey of Business Winner for 2019

SAEEC Energy Innovator of the Year for 2018


Women’s Property Network 2019 Young Achiever of the Year (Gauteng Finalist)

Our solutions

The Green Economy is for all industries and sectors.

Green Building Design Group works with clients across the various industry value chains in helping them achieve their sustainability and climate change mitigation goals.


Our Most Asked questions

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) defined the Green Economy as the low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive economy.

The Green Economy cuts through all the industries. Green Building Design Group works with clients across the various industry value chains in helping them achieve their sustainability and climate change mitigation goals.

The Carbon Tax is a new tax in response to climate change, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions in a sustainable, cost effective and affordable manner.
Carbon Tax gives effect to the polluter-pays-principle and helps to ensure that firms and consumers
take the negative adverse costs (externalities) of climate change into account in their future
production, consumption and investment decisions.

The 12L Tax incentive, according to Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act No. 58 of 1962) provides an allowance
for businesses to implement energy efficiency savings. The savings allow for tax deduction of
95c/kwh saved on energy consumption.
The incentive allows tax deduction for all energy carriers (not just electricity) with the exception of
renewable energy sources.

The 12I Tax Incentive is designed to support Greenfield investments (i.e. new industrial projects that
utilise only new and unused manufacturing assets), as well as Brownfield investments (i.e.
expansions or upgrades of existing industrial projects).

The Carbon Tax Act of 2019 came into effect on 1 June 2019. It will be administered and collected by
The Carbon Tax is assessed, collected and enforced as an environmental levy in terms of the
Customs and Excise Act, 1964, read with the relevant provisions of the Carbon Tax Act, 2019.

The Carbon Tax is imposed on entities in the country that operate emissions generation facilities at a
combined installed capacity equal to or above the carbon tax threshold.

The carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions as defined in the Carbon Tax Act, 2019,
are subject to Carbon Tax

The emissions that are subject to Carbon Tax are determined in accordance with either an approved
reporting methodology of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), or the
prescribed formulas in terms of the Carbon Tax Act, 2019.

The first phase has a carbon tax rate of R120 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. This
rate will increase annually by inflation plus 2 per cent until 2022, and annually by inflation

Significant industry-specific tax-free emissions allowances ranging from 60 per cent to 95 per cent
will result in a modest nett carbon tax rate ranging from R6 to R48 per ton of carbon dioxide
equivalent emissions to provide current emitters time to transition their operations to cleaner
technologies through investments in energy efficiency, renewables, and other low-carbon measures.

In line with the COVID-19 related economic stimulus package announced by President Cyril
Ramaphosa, the filing requirement and the first carbon tax payment which was due by 31 July 2020
will be delayed to 31 October 2020.

Persons conducting an activity or activities in South Africa resulting in greenhouse gas emissions
above the threshold must license each of their facilities must license each of their emissions
generation facilities with SARS as customs and excise manufacturing warehouses for environmental
levy purposes.

Carbon Tax has an annual tax and accounting period. Every licensee must submit an annual CBT
environmental levy account in respect of each licenced facility of that licensee in the month of July
of the year following the tax period.
All licensees must be registered for eFiling as the submission and payment of CBT accounts should
be made via eFiling. The following process should be followed:

  • Register on eFiling;
  • Once registered, log on;
  • Click on the Request Declaration button;
  • Insert the warehouse number;
  • Click on continue and the form will be generated.

If clients are not able to access the SARS eFiling service, they must contact the nearest SARS Excise
Branch Office for assistance.