International energy management standard certification could reduce industry energy consumption

South Africa’s first SANS/ISO 50001 lead auditors graduate

South Africa now has the capacity to support industry to become energy efficient at the highest possible standard. That is because the first South African professionals qualified to lead an audit team to certify a company as ISO 50001 compliant will receive their graduation certificates today.

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), currently jointly implemented by the two organisations.

Cobra taps are (quite literally) a South African household name, with millions of them in homes across the country. Now South Africans can install Cobra with even greater confidence that using this local product is contributing to the sustainability of our economy. This after Cobra Watertech underwent a process of implementing resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) interventions at two of its plants. Implementation is still underway, but work done thus far will result in over R1.5 million of resource savings per year.

Established in 1952, Cobra Watertech is 100% South African owned as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dawn Distribution & Warehousing Network, with two manufacturing facilities in Gauteng – in Springs and Krugersdorp.

Four young project managers from the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) are participating in an international Human Capital Development (HCD) programme aimed at building organisational capacity in NCPCs from nine developing nations.

The NCPC-SA, which is hosted by the CSIR in the Strategic Initiatives Implementation Unit (SIIU), promotes resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) in South African Industry.

The project ‘Capacity Development for Promoting a Resource Efficient and Environment-oriented Private Sector’ is being run by German development agency, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) on behalf of the global RECP network, spearheaded by the United Nations.

In November 2013, the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project in South Africa (IEE Project) handed out certificates to 68 experts who are now equipped with the skills to implement real energy savings in industry plants.

Since its inception in 2010, the IEE Project has assisted industry to save over R230 million in energy savings. This has been achieved through the promotion and implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) and Energy Systems Optimisation (ESO) in around 30 plants from energy-intensive sectors.

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