The 31 graduates have completed training by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) through the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE Project).

The certificates were handed out at an event held as part of the South African Auditor and Training Certification Authority (SAATCA) conference in Pretoria last week. The auditors will now await applications for certification by local companies working towards greater energy efficiency.

Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, led a trade and science delegation to South Africa last week (4-7 September 2013). As part of the visit, the delegation visited the CSIR on Friday, 6 September and on Saturday, 7 September their final stop was a visit to an industry plant that had benefitted from the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project run by the CSIR-hosted National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA).

The team at Consol Glass in Wadeville, Gauteng made arrangements to host the delegation. There, the delegation was given an overview of the energy efficiency projects underway at the plant and the successes of the IEE Project as a whole.

The first Southern African Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Colloquium will take place on 7 & 8 November 2016, in Cape Town.  The colloquium will bring together Life Cycle Assessment practitioners and researchers to discuss life cycle performance, knowledge sharing of completed and in-progress LCAs, identify key challenges, and share capacity building and data collection efforts.   The colloquium is hosted by the NCPC-SA and University of Cape Town, in collaboration with ecoinvent and Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) Technical Manager, Mr Kevin Cilliers will be the main speaker at the Green Business Platform that will be held at Thaba Ya Batswana, Impala Road, Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 from 14:30.

Mr Cilliers’ presentation will be entitled “Sustainable Best Business Practice” and will include an overview of the NCPC-SA and its services to industry, references to case studies, the impact of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP), information regarding incentive schemes and summary of the savings realised from assessments completed through the NCPC-SA since its inception ten years ago.

Editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLP), Prof. Dr. Donald Huisingh invited Prof. Dr. Biagio F. Giannetti, Prof. Dr. Cecilia M. V. B. Almeida, Prof. Dr. Silvia H. Bonilla and Prof. Dr. Feni Agostinho as guest editors of the Special Volume of the JCLP: Integrating Cleaner Production into Sustainability Strategies, which was the theme of the 4th International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production.

The 4th International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production was held at Paulista University in São Paulo, Brazil, in participation with NPPR (National Pollution Prevention Roundtable), CETESB (Company of Environmental Sanitation Technology), UNISON (Universidad de Sonora, Mexico), and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

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