The recent NCPC-SA Industrial Resource Efficiency Conference was a great success and showed that the local manufacturing industry is eager to educate itself on how energy, water, materials and other resource efficiencies can add to competitiveness, sustainability and profitability.

The two-day conference was held at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng on 11 and 12 March and was attended by some 300 delegates from industry, academia and government. The conference was organised to mark “ten years of resource efficiency and cleaner production” as the NCPC-SA ended off its tenth year, and some of the speakers took a retrospective look at what impact has been made in those ten years.

The NCPC-SA announced the winners of the Cleantech SME Accelerator Programme at the awards dinner on the evening of 11 March, day one of the Industrial Resource Efficiency Conference at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng. The winners in the breakthrough technology track were Invento Corp (Pty) Ltd, who have designed two breakthrough technological innovations for the poultry and cattle industries, and the inventors of 5 Star Stoves, a biomas stove with income generation opportunities, in the adaptive and appropriated technology track.

The programme, hosted for the second year running, is managed by the NCPC-SA on behalf of the dti.  Its aim is to identify and provide support and exposure to new innovation clean technologies developed by South African entrepreneurs.

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.