Dube TradePort's Green Initiatives
Dube TradePort Corporation is dedicated to development which is in-step with the environment.
The organisation sets high ecological standards and executes wide-ranging ‘green’ measures to prevent environmental degradation and curb emissions.
Dube City has been conceived from the outset as a ‘green’ business precinct. The master plan sets out a vision for a dense walkable precinct amenable to public transport and active public spaces. Indigenous landscaping and public art is integral to the fabric of Dube City. The organisation’s head office, 29° South, sets the benchmark for environmentally-sensitive building within the precinct. The building's orientation maximises natural light usage and minimises heating and cooling requirements. A state of the art building management system control LED lighting and air-conditioning, while recycled rainwater is used for flushing ablution facilities and other applications. Waterless urinals further cut potable water use. A green roof and vegetated facades are also integral to the building.
The organization promotes accreditation of office buildings with the Green Building Council of South Africa as a standard for architectural design throughout Dube City, encouraging sustained eco-friendly city growth.
Dube AgriZone, boasts one of Southern Africa’s largest elevated system of solar panels, servicing the energy needs of an on-site tissue culture lab, two packhouses and greenhouses. Agricultural irrigation relies on recycled and treated ‘used’ water. More than 80% of greenhouse water demand stems from rain-water harvesting, supplemented by borehole water.
Thousands of indigenous plants have been re-introduced, a move coupled with comprehensive land restoration efforts and involving a precinct-wide Alien Removal and Land Rehabilitation Programme, paving the way for the co-existence of nature and business.
Corporate Social Investment (CSI):
The organisation's CSI Programme brings ‘green’ initiatives to nearby disadvantaged schools through a recyclable waste trading scheme and the organisation’s installation of water tanks for irrigation and solar panels to cut power dependence.
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Dube TradePort Corporation employs a continual improvement approach to environmental management. Actions and key performance indicators are geared to deliver results in compliance with regulations, obligations and target achievement.
A Green Future
Dube TradePort Corporation's long-term vision is to become the first carbon-neutral tradeport in Africa.
The organisation has identified a number of additional 'green' measures to mitigate against carbon emissions and while being unable to guarantee that all will come to fruition, it is intent on encouraging and assisting in facilitating them.