Bioeconomy


Market intelligence

There is increasing interest and investment in the bioeconomy in the Western Cape and South Africa. This encompasses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. 

Opportunities: Fast facts

The Western Cape agriculture and agri-processing sectors are significant in terms of financial contributions to the economy, labour intensity and carbon intensity. As a result, the food value chain is a key focus area for provincial economic growth and interventions to reduce the carbon intensity of the economy. The biggest opportunities in the Western Cape's bioeconomy are in:

  • Improving resource productivity, or doing more with less, within key sectors of the economy is critical. The availability, quality and increasing cost of resources (e.g. water, energy and raw materials) may limit aspirations for economic growth and job creation.

More effective use of resources

  • For local businesses, more effective use of resources has several benefits such as cost savings, improved competitiveness and enabling potential investment to expand or diversify, thereby fuelling economic growth and contributing to the safeguarding of existing businesses.

Driving resource productivity

GreenCape's work in this space

The vision of GreenCape's Bioeconomy Programme is for bio-based resources such as organic residues (e.g. wood chips, spoilt fruit) and waste (e.g. abattoir waste and manure) to be used sustainably and in a way that creates resilience, benefit the economy and create jobs.

The programme is primarily focused on unlocking the potential of the province's bio-based resources and driving the 'greening' of agricultural value chains. We do this by promoting investments in green technologies, processes and systems.

Our work on bioeconomy centre around bioenergy and resource productivity in Western Cape food value chains and comprise of the following projects:

Regional Resource Flow Model Project (2014-15)

Agriculture sector desk 

Resource Productivity Project (2015-17)

Bioenergy Project (2013-17)

Further details on the insights and recommendations from the projects are available on the respective webpages and in the available reports.

The programme also works closely with GreenCape’s industry-facing sector desks, particularly the agriculture sector desk, and the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) to disseminate project insights and implementation of recommendations.

Further detail on the Bioeconomy Programme is provided in this poster

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Library


Organics: From waste management to driving a b...

This paper discusses the opportunities and barriers to effect a shift from a waste management mindset for organics to a sustainable resource use mindset, in order to drive the development... Read more
Regional Resource Flow Model Fruit Sector Repo...

This report constitutes part of the Regional Resource Flow Model (RRFM) project. It forms part of the bottom-up 'resource needs' component of the project with the explicit aim of updating and... Read more
Regional Resource Flow Model Wine Sector Repor...

This report forms part of the Regional Resource Flow Model (RRFM) project of GreenCape. The goal of the RRFM is to provide strategic analysis of the provincial economy to identify... Read more