The programme covered the themes of water efficiency, energy efficiency and sustainable energy, waste and industrial symbiosis, life cycle management, implementation of RECP and aligning businesses with the Sustainable Development Goals – along with a number of supporting cross-cutting issues such as green finance and productivity.
Feedback from delegates and partners was very positive. Guy Cunliffe of the Energy Research Centre atUniversity of Cape Town - one of over 350 attendees - described the event as wonderful. ‘We found the conference highly informative, and were very grateful for the opportunity to network with key people sharing our space in the field.’
Lawton Johnson, Business Unit Manager at SABS said, “Thank you so much for a well-planned and professionally-executed conference. The presentations were relevant and up-to-date and the specialist speakers were well prepared and experts in their fields – Well Done!”
The conference kicked off with NCPC-SA’s Director, Ndivhuho Raphulu, setting the scene, followed by Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly South African with a presentation focused on buying local in support of a “more effective implementation of a higher impact Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP)” and Rabelani Tshikalanke of the Department of Environmental Affairs who outlined the legislative environment in which companies need to operate.
After the morning plenary, the conference split off into five breakaway workshops/sessions, each with its own theme - Energy efficiency, Water efficiency, Industrial symbiosis and waste, Implementing RECP: first steps and cross-cutting issues.
Amongst the speakers were Professor Linda Godfrey from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), who spoke about the importance of a circular economy.
Helen Davies from the Western Cape Government focused on the water crisis currently facing the province. She also shared case studies from companies who have benefited from the NCPC-SA becoming more water and energy efficient.
In the foyer of the conference venue, were different exhibitors displaying different technologies and engaging in interactive sessions with the delegates. Amongst the exhibitors were Proudly South African, the Department of Trade and Industry, the CSIR and the City of Ekurhuleni.
After her workshop in Breakaway 5, speaking about SME’s participation in the Green Economy, Petro de Wet said, “We had a good audience, we had a good number, but we also had the right people. It was a targeted audience for the conference as a whole and it worked very well for us.”
De Wet, who is from the Global Clean Technology Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) said they had good participation during their workshop.
Lee-Hendor Ruiters, NCPC-SA Cape Town: Regional Manager said that planning a conference of this magnitude takes at least six months of hard work, planning and coordination.
The conference lasted one and half days, ending at lunch on the 15th with a significant amount of networking going on well after the close.
To allow maximum impact for the event, and to give access to those not able to attend, all presentations were recorded on video, and the videos and presentations will be made available on www.ncpc.co.za in the next few weeks.