The Green Tourism Incentive Programme for SMME Resource Efficiency

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Green Tourism Incentive Programme

The Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) is a resource efficiency incentive programme of the Department of Tourism. The incentive encourages and supports private sector tourism enterprises to adopt responsible tourism practices, through moving towards sustainable management and usage of energy and water resources. The Programme is managed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), on behalf of the Department.

GTIP assists private sector tourism enterprises to reduce the cost of investing in energy and water efficient solutions. Implementing GTIP funded interventions and solutions ensures more responsible operations and environmental benefits, and after the projected payback period, the savings will continue to reduce the overall operational cost of the enterprise with direct and sustained benefits, in terms of profitability and improved competitiveness.

The GTIP offers:

  • The full cost for a new resource efficiency audit, or the full cost for reviewing an existing resource efficiency audit;
  • Grant funding to qualifying SMMEs on a sliding scale from 50% to 90% of the total cost of implementing resource efficiency interventions, capped at R1 million; and
  • Qualifying enterprises may implement projects in phases to efficiently manage their cash flow over a two-year project implementation time frame.
Green Tourism Incentive Programme

The Focus of the Green Tourism Incentive Programme Approach…

The focus of the GTIP is on sustainable energy and water efficiency solutions, including:

  • Renewable energy generating systems (solar and wind where appropriate);
  • Energy and water efficient equipment (including solar-based water heaters, heat
    pumps, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems;
  • Lighting (solar and LED);
  • Online metering, sub-metering devices, and the related subscription fees;
  • Energy and water efficient appliances (including washing machines and dishwashers,
    where warranted);
  • Water efficiency systems (dual flush toilets systems; urinals; shower heads; and aerated taps);
  • Water sourcing systems (rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling);
  • Development and implementation of resource management policies (including linen and
    towel reuse, and guest and staff awareness programmes); and
  • Other efficient solutions (including gas stoves, solar cookers, pool pumps, and efficiency devices).

*(Boreholes and desalination plants are not included)

For more information on the Green Tourism Incentive Programme – Contact Dream Team Capital