Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor, commended the work of the National Cleaner Produce Centre of SA in incubating the national Cleantech programme for SMMEs, during her address at the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme South Africa Awards dinner held on the 15 October 2015. The NCPC-SA hosted the Cleantech SMME Accelerator for two years before the programme was taken to the next level by UNIDO and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The 2015 finalists and winners were awarded at the dinner.
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), cordially invites you to a training workshop on industrial symbiosis. The workshop is hosted as part of the SWITCH Africa Green Pilot Project. Industrial Symbiosis (IS Programme) is a free facilitation services which uses internationally proven industrial symbiosis approach to enhance business profitability and sustainability. To read more on the benefits of the IS Programme, please click here.