With emissions measuring 43% higher than the world average (based on 10 tons of carbon released per person a year), SA remains a massive contributor to global greenhouse gases. A recent report published by climate development and finance firm SouthSouthNorth investigates ways to mitigate climate change, and it has identified private-sector investment as a key influencer.

Priority investment areas include energy efficiency and generation, waste to energy and recycling, water resource development, climate-smart agriculture and green infrastructure.

The report adds that green performance-based grant funds offer private-sector investors an opportunity to support ‘pre-green outcomes’ in SMEs, in turn contributing to job creation, and easing the impacts of climate change and improved infrastructure.

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