Western Cape 'suffers' as big business grows

2014-04-04 10:11
Environment. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Environment. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town – A new study on the Western Cape argues that the province’s economy is working at the expense of the environment and calls for a change in the way business is run.

A failure to act will mean that it will eventually cost more and more to do business in the Western Cape.

According to IOL the province’s State of Environment Report illustrates a picture of the Western Cape’s habitat and argues that policies on its own are not enough to stop the destruction of the environment.

The report calls for companies in every sector to change the way they do business, and moreover it asks individuals to do their part.

The way the province conducts business is absolutely unsustainable said researchers.

Calls for action

The report looked and measured the various indicators within the environment to determine whether the worth of certain sectors is declining, improving or is uncertain.

The report additionally looked at biodiversity, land development, housing, waste disposal, energy, air quality, our oceans and coasts and lastly climate change.

Within these different sectors several factors indicate that the amount of resources used is compromising long tern sustainability.

The province’s economic and social activity is being paid for by our natural resources, or rather at the expense of our environment said the report.

Some natural systems are able to maintain the Cape’s growth, but there is definitely a downward trend in maintaining the longevity of our ecosystems.

The overall outlook is that all the Western Cape’s natural resources are declining. Though land and energy remains quite stable.

The report also states that in terms of waste management and human settlements indicators measuring those issues illustrate that they are more positive

The study calls for economic growth that tracks the resources of the province and keeps in line with low carbon emissions.

Researchers also call for innovative green development across all sectors and that off-grid infrastructure must be taken down.

Initiatives that perpetuate ventures for renewable energy must be developed further said the report.

The wastage of water is another issue researchers looked at. Securing leaks and creating new ways to better use water in sectors such as farming is vital.

Researchers proposed a drastic surge in the reuse of water and creating incentives that promote better waste management, energy conservation and dive the growth of a green economy.
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