Clean Business Ekurhuleni

Clean business integrates profitability with environmental and social responsibility to create a virtuous cycle that keeps on yielding financial and social dividends without compromising basic human rights to a clean and healthy environment. Low-carbon technology, integrated reporting, energy efficiency, responsible investment, smart city management and green infrastructure and building are among the tools that an increasingly prominent clean business community is using to generate sustainable growth linking present and future in a positive feedback loop. Companies committed to clean business include some of the biggest names in banking, construction, property, logistics, mining, project management and manufacturing.

The City of Ekurhuleni exemplifies the exciting swing toward clean business. Developments such as the ground-breaking Wattville solar power plant, the first in South Africa, Integrated Rapid Public Transport and innovative waste removal service integrating informal settlements into the economy show that Gauteng's hub of 8000 manufacturers fully subscribes to the clean business ethos and is on track to becoming a progressive, low-carbon city, as Mayor Mondli Gungubele has put it. Moreover, Ekurhuleni's imminent Aerotropolis concept, intended to exploit the City's proximity to OR Tambo International Airport and the Gautrain, is poised to benefit from the confluence of intelligent solutions that clean business represents. At the same time, Ekurhuleni is becoming a destination of choice for responsible investment.

The conference will cover the salient features of clean business in 2013 before zeroing in on specific areas of opportunity in the Gauteng region in general and the City of Ekurhuleni in particular. Themes will include the application of clean business principles to important traditional and emerging industries, the positive impact of clean business on the bottom line, and social and economic benefits with a view to Vision 2030 and the National Development Plan. Myths and preconceptions will be challenged rigorously to ensure clean business remains pragmatic and flexible rather than turning into another hollow ideology. Leading clean business consultants and developers will roll out cutting edge solutions based on hardware, software and thoughtware.

Specific topics will include:

  • Extreme manufacturing
  • Energy efficiency, measurement and verification
  • Low-carbon technology
  • Integrated reporting
  • Responsible investment
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Smart African cities
  • Ekurhuleni's aerotropolis

Who should attend

Clean Business International is aimed at a select audience from the private and public sector. Corporate sustainability officers (including energy, water, waste and supply chain professionals), financiers, developers, project managers, city managers, industrialists, entrepreneurs, professional service providers, legal and financial consultants, investment promoters and suppliers will benefit from attending.

Key outcomes

  • Profile clean business as 'economic evolution'
  • Demonstrate the universal applicability of clean businesses
  • Show tangible evidence of successful clean business implementation in various industries
  • Show tangible evidence of successful clean business implementation in various industries
  • Outline opportunities going forward and introduce key role-players in these endeavours to each other