The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), in its capacity as a key sustainability programme of the dti, will be hosting the country’s first Industrial Resource Efficiency Conference at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg on 11 and 12 March 2013.  The evening of 11 March will also see the NCPC-SA Industry Awards 2012.

The two-day conference will engage key stakeholders from government and industry on different aspects of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP), with a particular focus on the manufacturing sectors.

The target audience for the conference includes decision-makers and key stakeholders of industry, relevant government departments, local government, academia and environmental experts as well as the media. It will address a range of topics that affect South African industry in their on-going challenge to become globally competitive and sustainable, in the context of resource efficiency.

Engineering News spoke to NCPC-SA’s Alf Hartzenberg on the push for SA’s automotive sector to become more energy efficient by adopting the SANS/ISO 50001 standards.

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.