Industrial Energy Efficiency Training - Benefits and results achieved

Benefits for delegates
Delegates can receive continued professional development (CPD) points from the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) by attending the 2-day advanced level courses.

  • The motors course is accredited by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE)
  • All the other courses are accredited by the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE).

Benefits for participating companies

  • Host or candidate plant - By allowing expert level training at their plant, companies are enabled to identify energy saving opportunities. In the case of ESO, these companies are rewarded with a systems assessment report, compiled by UNIDO/NCPC-SA experts and submitted to management at no charge. As an added benefit, participating companies also qualify for the enrolment of two delegates in the advanced programme and one in the expert programme at no charge.
  • Demonstration plant - Companies that choose to implement some of the recommendations from the assessment report have the opportunity to volunteer as a demonstration plant. The NCPC-SA will partner with the company to develop a case study of this implementation process and the energy savings that results from it. This provides the participating company with the opportunity to showcase its implementation of energy-saving opportunities in the NCPC-SA’s national and international reports.

Results achieved

By September 2013, the companies participating in the IEE Project have saved in excess of 267 GWh of energy in 34 plants. This amounts to savings of R 226 million and 255 000 tonnes of CO2 in just over two years. 

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Project was established in 2010.  It is a collaborative initiative between the South African government through the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the Department of Energy (DoE), the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The Project is implemented jointly by UNIDO and the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA).