Nominated for Eco-Logic Award

Anton Cartwright, Mistra Urban Futures and Nokwanda Sotyantya, Hout Bay Recycling Co-operative attended the Enviropaedia Eco-Logic Awards in association with SABC. This followed the voluntary carbon market registry Credible Carbon being nominated as a finalist in the "climate change" category. Credible Carbon was established to address carbon market failure in Southern Africa and has experienced increasing trades over the past 4 years. The Hout Bay recycling co-operative is an example of how the City of Cape Town is seeking to innovate its waste handling procedures in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate employment, while also saving the City money under its green economy initiative. For the past three years the project has successfully sold carbon credits through the Credible Carbon registry off the back of its activities.

After a "glamorously green" event held at the Cradle of Humankind, Pick 'n Pay, South Africa's largest food retailer was announced as the Climate Change winner ahead of Credible Carbon, but the nomination represented a remarkable recognition for this small social enterprise. Given that Credible Carbon was created to support small poverty alleviating mitigation projects Nokwanda, who runs the Hout Bay Recycling Co-operative, attended the event and at the age of 51 took her first airplane flight to get there.

Anton Cartwright has worked with the Credible Carbon initiative as part of the Knowledge Transfer Programme.

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