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New Efficient way to ease companies’ Financial Reporting Burden | Carbon Tax

To help ease this carbon tax reporting burden, our carbon intelligence team has designed an efficient tool to enable seamless reporting by assisting companies to calculate and submit their own carbon tax returns to the South African Revenue Service (SARS). The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DFFE) is the custodian of the country’s carbon emissions levels at a country level and to the global reporting frameworks. The tool effectively allows clients to file their own carbon tax reports to SARS and DFFE using an integrated system. It also effectively integrates carbon emission reporting into the financial reporting process as a whole. An emitter is liable for a fine up to R10 million or imprisonment up to ten years if they do not comply with the mandatory GHG reporting regulations.

The Carbon Tax Assessment Tool reports on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. It analyses the carbon footprint against the currently indicated regulatory framework with respect to the following GHG economic activities. 


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Opportunities within the organic, e-waste, plastics and builders’ rubble sectors have the potential to add between R661.3 and R1,086.4 billion in value to the South African economy.

As we continue to manage a drought, based on population and economic growth projections, South Africa could have a 17% gap between water supply and demand by 2030. This means there are significant opportunities in the industrial water market (opportunities in the agri-processing sector); and the municipal water market (opportunities in waterworks and wastewater treatment works).

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Key Risks facing businesses as a direct impact of Climate Change

Physical Risk -

Climate related events affect infrastructure, security of resources, sustainability of crops and business operations

Transitional Risks -

When businesses transition towards less carbon intensive model suddenly or disorderly they may suffer a loss from re-evaluation of asset prices

Liability Risk -

Insurers may suffer when businesses or people claim compensation for losses suffered from physical or transition risks

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Integrated Green Building innovation into the South African Economic Recovery Plan

“This week the South African government gazetted 50 strategic integrated projects valued at R340 billion (USD 21 Billion) as part of its infrastructure development plans to institute a green recovery plan for South Africa following the devastating economic impacts left by COVID-19. The projects are focused on different targets including water and sanitation, energy and human settlements. I am proud of this recent project that was recently executed by the Green Building Design Group team along with its partners IFC – International Finance Corporation as it seeks to plug into the sustainable infrastructure trajectory that has been seen set for the country as a whole. To read more about the project and its key successes and challenges please read my latest article below.” – Songo Didiza

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Energy Insight: Business model innovations for utility and mini-grid integration: Insights from the Utilities 2.0 initiative in Uganda

Our co-founder Sumaya Mahomed et al. writes on the historical context from which many African utilities have emerged has left a challenging legacy regarding the provision of energy service delivery to all. As rural electrification receives growing attention, a wave of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) technologies and business models are changing the energy service delivery landscape.

This paper focuses specifically on the opportunities for distribution utilities and mini-grid developers to collaborate.

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GreenBDG’s Monthly Newsletter

South Africa’s government unveiled a plan to galvanise R2.3 trillion in new infrastructure investment over the next decade that could create more than 1.8 million jobs and revive an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Read our latest newsletter

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New IFC Report Explains How to Unlock $25 Trillion in Green Buildings Investments in Emerging Markets

The report offers a uniquely private sector perspective on the investment potential in emerging markets and how to realize this potential, according to IFC. It draws on IFC’s almost decade-long experience investing $5.5 billion in green buildings, as well as lessons learned helping governments to design and implement building codes to catalyze green building markets. 

Green Building Design Group is a proud partner of the IFC EDGE program in South Africa.