Waste Not, Want Not: workshop on realising local business opportunities through value-add
  Apr 4, 2017     News, Library

As part of GreenCape’s bioeconomy work a joint workshop with Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence from the University of York and the Chemistry Department from the University of Cape Town was held at Landtscap on the 16 March 2017.


This workshop drawing attendees across the triple helix of government industry and academia aimed:

  • To explore the potential for value-add to organic residues & wastes in fruit & vegetable value chains in the Western Cape
  • To match businesses to local &overseas companies and experts to realise value-add cost savings & income


The programme with the presentations (where available, click on blue text) are shown below as well as synthesis of the discussions in each of discussion groups in the afternoon.





Yumna Gihwala-Salie (DED&T)

Introduction, context & motivation

Lauren Basson (GreenCape) & Anwar Jardine (UCT)

Regional bioeconomies – UK & international examples


WasteValor impact on SMEs in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK)

James Clark (Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, York University)

Tom Dugmore (Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, York University)

Local context:


James Reeler (WWF-SA)

Cathy Pineo & Pieter Frederik Janse van Vuuren (GreenCape)

International case studies:


Joe Houghton (York University)

Tom Dugmore

Rob Mcelroy (York University / Brockelsby)

South African case studies:

  • Agriprotein - Insect protein


Ruaan Genade (Brenn-O-Kem)

Jasper Cloete (VEDA)

Cameron Richards (Agriprotein)

Group discussions                                                      (All participants)

1. Opportunities for value-add: single products & cascading systems: required feedstocks & tech

2. Business context: drivers & challenges for value-add

3. Realising value-add: needs & proposed enablers

4. Realising value-add: success conditions or “ideal world”

5. Managing value-add: potential unintended consequences / knock-on effects (positive / negative)

6. Robust value-add: future trends & implications

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