Poverty and employment impacts of the transition to a green economy

SOURCE: State of the Nation 2014: South Africa 1994-2014: a twenty-year review
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Chitiga-Mabugu, C.Nhemachena, S.Ngandu
SOURCE EDITOR(S): T.Meyiwa, M.Nkondo, M.Chitiga-Mabugu, M.Sithole, F.Nyamnjoh
KEYWORDS: EMPLOYMENT, GREEN ECONOMY, POVERTY
DEPARTMENT: Economic Perfomance and Development (EPD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8329

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the poverty and employment impacts, especially on the vulnerable poor, of the transition to a green economy in South Africa. Evidence is reviewed from green growth literature in order to assess the extent to which developing countries such as South Africa can move to a greener path through contributing to global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The chapter argues that the opportunities represented by a transition to a green economy need to ensure that both the interventions towards adaptation and mitigation and the resultant development path address immediate and pressing development concerns with minimal impacts on the poor.