The Green Economy refers to two inter-linked developmental impacts for the Knysna economy:
- Increased economic growth (which leads to investment, jobs and competitiveness) in the green industry sector
- A shift in the Knysna economy as a whole towards cleaner industries and sectors
Key focus areas have been identified to increase the competitive advantage of Knysna as a local economy which is known for its beautiful natural environment and is linking economic opportunity to this through the following initiatives which is aligned to National Government:
Green buildings and the Green business zones: programme includes greening private and public buildings and transforming the industrial area as a green business zone which is geared for green industries.
- Sustainable transport and infrastructure: programme includes promoting non-motorised transport
- Clean energy and energy efficiency: programme includes -
- Expanding off-grid options in rural and urban
- Solar Water Heater programme
- Solar geysers for all RDP houses
- Resource conservation and management: programme includes -
- Infrastructure resilience and ecosystems
- Offset programme
- Biodiversity management
- Sustainable waste management practices: programme includes -
- Naturally Knsyna initiative
- Waste beneficiation
- Zero waste community programme (Recycling swop shops)
- Agriculture, food production and forestry: programme includes intergrated sustainable hydroponics projects and agricultural beneficiation plants for the industrial area.
- Water management: programme includes -
- Water harvesting
- Alternative technology for effluent management
- Comprehensive municipal water metering (Demand side management)
- Reduce water losses in agriculture, municipalities and mining
- Sustainable consumption and production: programme includes -
- Industry specific production methods
- Industrial production technology changes
- Environmental sustainability: programme includes -
- Greening large areas
- Dune rehabilitation
- Research, awareness and skills development and knowledge management.
A number of initiatives within civil society, private and private sectors are already in implementation i.e. Biowise. The investment potential in Knysna is significant to position the Greater Knysna as a investment destination for clean industries and research to transition the local economy towards a sustainable diversified economic base.