Energy adversaries and compatriots moving closer?, Thegreentimes.co.za – The Green Times
My attendance at the Sustainable Energy day, part of Sustainability Week hosted by the CSIR in Pretoria, offered tangible evidence of a long held personal view: to get traction in ‘sustainability’ we have to utilise the power of commerce. I believe the burgeoning Green Economy has the potential to direct our behavior towards a sustainable future.
The conference participants were a healthy mix of adversaries and compatriots, all speaking, essentially, the same language. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTIC) and Exxaro, a large multinational coal producer, agreed on the need for energy diversification and greater efficiencies. Dr Marko Lotz, Sustainability Carbon Specialist for Nedbank, and Mduduzi Dlamini, venture capitalist and senior investment associate at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), declared their willingness to fund green projects and explained their differing appetites for the inherent risks.