The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will be hosting a national workshop on 28 June 2017, to share the outcomes of the Eco-Innovation Pilot Project in South Africa, and how companies can improve economic competitiveness through eco-innovation methodology.
Between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, energy, water and materials savings valued at R 72.8 million were measured in 33 companies that had implemented resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) interventions in their production plants. In addition, potential savings of R 383 million per annum were identified in 128 plants through RECP assessments. The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) announced the savings in the annual highlights of its programmes for the 2016/17 financial year.
ACA threads a Cape Town based sewing thread manufacturer and supplier is reaping the benefits of implementing energy saving measures to reduce energy consumption.
With the support of the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA), ACA threads implemented various energy efficiency interventions including the installation of a 131 kW rooftop solar PV system, in 2015, which is now generating energy savings of R500 000 a year. Andre Page, NCPC-SA Project Manager explains that this project was launched in 2014 as part of the NCPC-SA Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Programme (RECP).
Issues of resource efficiency and cleaner production do not often top the agenda of small, medium and micro-sized enterprises. Instead, these enterprises are often consumed by short-term pressures to remain profitable and pay overheads. The European Union-funded, SWITCH Africa Green project offers these enterprises an opportunity to improve their bottom line while building a sustainable business that is moving the country to a low-carbon economy.
16 interns concluded 2016 on a high note when they graduated on 5 December from the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) internship programme. With the cleaner production skills that these young graduates gained via the programme, the interns proved to be great assets for their host companies, helping save over R7 million on water, energy and materials usage.
The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will announce plans on the NCPC-SA Industrial Water Efficiency Project during a workshop to be hosted by the Royal Danish Embassy on 30 March 2017. The focus of the workshop will be on prevailing water quantity and quality challenges and sustainable methods to address these, drawing from a collaborative partnership concluded between the Kingdom of Denmark and the South African government.
The workshop is aimed primarily at companies in two traditionally water-intense sub-sectors – dairies and poultry producers. The programme, hosted by the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food, will include the presentation of research into water use in these sectors by the Water Research Commission (WRC) and case studies from small and large companies.
Energy efficiency lies at the core of sustained industrial and economic growth in SA, and industries and businesses must prepare more sufficiently for inevitable energy price hikes, while government should be more proactive and involved in encouraging energy efficiency. These are the findings from a panel of high-profile energy and consumer experts who participated in the Industrial Energy Efficiency Workshop on 22 February 2017.
Participants from the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA), Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA), the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) focused on the daily challenges of rising energy costs and access to reliable alternatives.
Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for energy efficiency have been finalised.
Save the date for the biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference 2017, presented at no cost to support industry in the transition to a low carbon economy.
|Date||Thursday, 14 September - Friday, 15 September 2017|
|Venue||Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town|
The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency.
South Africa’s top eco-champions were showcased at the Eco-Logic Awards 2015/16 on 21 April, at a “glamourously green” awards evening at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. The NCPC-SA partnered with the Eco-Logic Awards to support the Business Green Economy Initiative Award, a new category introduced to recognise business organisations that provide a product, service or programme that supports the growth of the green economy in South Africa. The first winner in the category was GreenFin Financial Services
The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa is a government programme hosted by the CSIR on behalf of the Department of Trand and Industry (the dti).
The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is investing in women to secure the future of industry and families for generations to come because like Brigham Young’s quote says “you educate a woman; you educate a generation”.
This Mother’s Day, Sunday, 8 May 2016, the NCPC-SA is urging women to register for the complimentary Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production and Industrial Energy Efficiency training.
The theme “Keen on Green” was this year’s tagline during the annual Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention, and was highlighted at the 2016 SAEE Banquet and Awards Ceremony.
The first Southern African Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Colloquium took place from 7-8 November 2016, in Cape Town. The colloquium brought together Life Cycle Assessment practitioners and researchers to discuss life cycle performance, knowledge sharing of completed and in-progress LCAs, identified key challenges, and shared capacity building and data collection efforts. The colloquium was hosted by the NCPC-SA and University of Cape Town, in collaboration with ecoinvent and Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
Valves supplier Astore Africa officially introduced the DK diaphragm valve to the African market at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in September.
Minister Pandor’s speech to the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa awards gala dinner.