Environmental Management

The overriding responsibility of Dube TradePort Corporation is to spur global business and trade opportunities in the precinct surrounding King Shaka International Airport - but not at the expense of the environment.

The organisation has, from Dube TradePort's inception, recognised the need for environmental sustainability, a focus it continues to apply today. The extent of its commitment to cross-cutting environmental issues, such as ecology, water consumption, water quality, energy, GHG emissions, air quality, noise and waste, is demonstrated through the development of a long-term Environmental and Sustainability Strategy, using a lifecycle approach across the spectrum of Dube TradePort developments, inclusive of tenants.

This is aligned to the organisation's commitment to act as a compassionate and responsible corporate citizen, one in touch with the issues facing surrounding communities and one which demonstrates sensitivity to the impact that its business activities have on the environment.

Continued compliance with environmental legislation means that the organisation is cognisant of the fact that its role and mandate are not limited to economic and social development alone, but also includes environmental stewardship. The state of the environment within the Dube TradePort precinct is constantly monitored and regularly reported upon as a form of 'duty of care' for the environment. This is indicative of the organisation's responsible approach, as master developer, to the future growth of the precinct.

Built Environment:

The orgnanisation aspires to excellence in all aspects of the built environment, from architecture and logistics efficiency to great public spaces and best practice spatial planning:

Promotion of sustainable development and the improvement of environmental performance within Dube TradePort through the employment of ‘green’ design:

  • Correct orientation of buildings in the precinct to minimise energy use;
  • Optimisation of accommodation of public transport and cycle lanes;
  • Maximisation of public and pedestrian-orientated spaces;
  • Encouragement of the use of renewable energies, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling;
  • Indigenous landscaping;
  • Encouragement of permeable paving and environmentally-friendly materials in construction;
  • Provision of recycling areas;
  • Encouragement of landscaped elevations; and
  • Encouragement of green star ratings for buildings.

Promotion of effective management of scarce resources:

  • Water: Introduction of measures to reduce potable water reliance, including rainwater harvesting and balancing tanks for treated sewage water;
  • Energy: Reduction in the use of non-renewable sources of energy at Dube AgriZone through natural ventilation in greenhouses and the use of solar power to meet energy needs;
  • Waste: Reduction of waste production and disposal levels through the incorporation of core recycling and re-use values; and
  • Natural Capital: development and planning design that incorporates best international practice and design guidelines that mimic and enhance existing ecological infrastructure.


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. Click here to read more about our CSI Programme >