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The Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, takes count of environmental successes attained in the Western Cape Province.

Speaking at a recent inaugural business breakfast, hosted by the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP), de Lille noted that over 7,600 tonnes of waste have been diverted from landfills, 25,300 tonnes of fossil Green House Gases have been saved.

In addition, R24 million ($1 million) in financial benefits have been delivered to member companies of WISP. Read more…

De Lille said: “It is very encouraging to see opportunity in products that would otherwise have been disposed on our landfill sites. In terms of our new Organisational Development Transformation Plan, we don’t want any further landfill sites to be built in the City of Cape Town. That will help all the initiatives that have come from WISP and its members to grow even further.”

She continued: “Industrial Symbiosis identifies business opportunities to improve resource efficiency and typically results in economic, social and environmental benefits for all the companies involved. It also gives a real expression for the circular economy which aims to see materials used productively for as long as possible before disposal.”

Industrial symbiosis

WISP is a free facilitation service, funded by the City of Cape Town as well as the Western Cape government and delivered, the sector developmental agency for the green economy in the province, Green Cape.

The programme uses the approach that connects over 490 member companies with unused or residual resources such as energy, water, assets, services, waste, transport, logistics and expertise to enhance business profitability and sustainability within the Western Cape.

According to WISP, for every 290 tonnes of waste that the programme diverts, a job is created.

To date, 25 temporary jobs, 17 permanent jobs at member organisations and 63 jobs in the economy have been generated, it stated.

De Lille stated that the impacts of climate change present very real challenges to Cape Town in general and its economy in particular. Read more…

“I would like to pay tribute to all the members of WISP who are using this programme to improve efficiencies in the economy and who are contributing to our response to climate change. You are helping to build a resilient city economy that is better prepared to deal with the shocks and stresses of climate change.”