The Eco-Industrial Park project of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is a national focus area that seeks to revitalise industrial parks but more importantly, a global project (Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme – GEIPP) that demonstrates the viability and benefits of greening industrial parks. The project cements the NCPC-SA’s role to drive the transition towards a green economy.
The GEIPP was launched by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) and the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in 2020 following a successful pilot project in 2018-19.
The GEIPP supports the Industrial Park Revitalisation Programme (IPRP) of the dtic, matching the core focus areas of economic, social and environmental benefit in support of the national priorities to address poverty, employment, inequality and growth. The project is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented internationally by UNIDO. South Africa is one of seven countries selected to participate in the GEIPP with the NCPC-SA as a national implementation partner from 2020-23.
Currently, the NCPC-SA project focuses on three government-owned EIP parks – East London Industrial Development Zone (SEZ), Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park and Ekandustria. The NCPC-SA capacitates the parks through various RECP interventions including online workshops.