Mandate and Objectives
The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa is a government programme, reporting to the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), that drives the transition of South African industry towards a low carbon economy through appropriate resource efficient and cleaner production interventions. The NCPC-SA is hosted by the CSIR on behalf of the dti.
Through projects and services, the NCPC-SA assists industry to lower production costs and their environmental impact through reduced GHG emissions, energy, water and materials usage, and improved waste management by the industrial sectors.
The NCPC-SA’s mission is to drive resource efficient and cleaner production in industrial and selected commercial sectors by equipping industry to do business in an efficient, sustainable and competitive manner, contributing to a low carbon and green economy.
The mission is achieved through the following four strategic objectives:
- Industrial sector competitiveness through resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP)
- RECP capacity building and green skills development
- Supporting the transition of industry to a low carbon economy
- Policy advice, advocacy and demonstrating the impact of RECP
The services of the NCPC-SA are, at this stage, fully subsidised to enable companies to proactively address environmental compliance, as well as contribute to reducing the strain on national energy and water resources.