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.

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 Dube TradePort Corporation's responsible approach, as master developer, to the future growth of the precinct.

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.

 

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.  These initiatives include the following:
 

Dube City:

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:

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.

To read more about our CSI Programme, please click here.

 

Conclusion:

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.

With its long-term vision 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.