Companies and organisations who implement ISO 50001 certified energy managements systems are encouraged to enter the 2016 Energy Management Leadership Awards. The awards programme is sponsored by the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is an active group of forward-thinking energy ministers from around the world. South Africa is a member of the EWMG.
Any organisation that holds a current, third-party-verified ISO 50001 certificate is eligible to enter the competition. Each organization will need to submit a copy of their ISO 50001 certificate and a structured case study of their EnMS experience, which will be scored by an independent panel of experts.
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.
Between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, energy, water and materials savings valued at R 72.8 million were measured in 33 companies that had implemented resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) interventions in their production plants. In addition, potential savings of R 383 million per annum were identified in 128 plants through RECP assessments. The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) announced the savings in the annual highlights of its programmes for the 2016/17 financial year.
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.