DESCRIPTION

 

The Directorate: Environmental Services and Technologies is part of the Chief Directorate: Sector Innovation and Green Economy of Programme 5: Socio-economic Innovation Partnerships.

 

The purpose of the Directorate: Environmental Services and Technologies is to implement green research, development and innovation (RDI) programmes leading to broad participation by role players in the National System of Innovation and wider uptake of RDI outcomes for application and commercialisation by government, industry and other role players, thereby contributing to South Africa's efforts to advance the knowledge economy. The programmes being implemented by the Directorate: Environmental Services and Technologies are part of the efforts to address the Global Change Grand Challenge, as articulated in the Department of Science and Technology's Ten-Year Innovation Plan and Global Change Research Plan.

 

KEY INITIATIVES

 

Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap

 

The Waste RDI Roadmap is being developed as a 10-year investment plan to leverage advances in waste management to address socio-economic challenges, in order to increase the contribution of the waste economy to the GDP. The Waste RDI Roadmap also takes the societal aspects of the waste economy into account. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Natural Resource and Environment www.csir.co.za/nre/division, is developing the Waste RDI Roadmap www.wasteroadmap.co.za. The main purpose of the Roadmap is to help strengthen the waste RDI ecosystem in South Africa, facilitate a significant increase in waste RDI investment, and provide a platform for informed decision making in respect of choosing strategic areas of focus and associated funding allocations.

 

Water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap

 

The Water RDI Roadmap is envisaged to be a 10-year investment plan to leverage advances in water innovation to address South Africa's water security challenges. The Roadmap is seeking to use research and development to address the priority needs as articulated in the Department of Water Affairs National Water Resource Strategy Two http://www.dwaf.gov.za/nwrs/. The DST, in partnership with the Water Research Commission http://www.wrc.org.za/, is developing the Water RDI Roadmap. Within the Water RDI Roadmap the DST is also developing the Water Technology Demonstration Programme (WADER) http://www.wader.org.za/ in partnership with the Water Research Commission.

 

Green Technologies Landscape of South Africa

 

This study is being undertaken by the Academy of Science of South Africa http://www.assaf.co.za. The aim of the study is to review green technologies available in South Africa, identify gaps in the availability of these technologies and to make recommendations to promote the growth of green technologies in South Africa. This study is intended to benefit policymakers, researchers and industry. The output of the study will be an authoritative, peer-reviewed, evidence-based report that will be available in the public domain.

 

As part of the evidence gathering, a Technological Innovations for a Low Carbon Society Conference was held in Pretoria, South Africa, in August 2013.

 

National Designated Entity for the Climate Technology Centre and Network

 

The Climate Technology Centre and Network http://www.unep.org/climatechange/ctcn/(CTCN) is an operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change https://unfccc.int/2860.php. The CTCN is hosted and managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and is supported by 11 centres of excellence located in both developed and developing countries, including the CSIR in South Africa.

 

The DST has been appointed as the National Designated Entity (NDE) for the CTCN in South Africa. Dr Henry Roman is the designated contact point, and  the NDE is located in the DST.

 

DST CONTACT PERSON

 

Dr Henry Roman

 

Director: Environmental Services and Technologies

 

012 843 6434

 

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RELEVANT PRESS RELEASES

 

23 August 2013: Food waste costs SA R61,5-billion a year

 

FURTHER READING

 

National Climate Change Response Strategy

 

The state of non-revenue water in South Africa

 

National Waste Management Strategy