Case Studies

The National Cleaner Production Centre South African Case Studies

Through the use of case studies the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) show cases the benefits and application of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) methodologies.

The areas in which the RECP methodologies are applied are:

·         Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE),

·         Industrial Symbiosis Programme (IS Programme), and

·         Industrial Water Efficiency Project (IWE) Project. 

AMKA Products (SSO)

The factory manufactures hair care and personal care products, comprises a blending facility and several high-speed packaging lines. This site employs 500 people.

AMKA Products operates in a competitive market where cost leadership is key to market share. Energy efficiency in the steam area was seen as an opportunity to reduce these costs and mitigate the company’s emissions. Participation in the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project was considered a way to access expert support.

Three AMKA employees attended the Advanced Steam Systems Optimisation training through the IEE Project: an Industrial Engineer, the Environmental and ISO Systems Manager, and a Projects Technician.

During 2014, eight projects were undertaken, resulting in a total energy saving of 1 261 827 kWh, valued at R1 260 181. With a total investment of R437 000, the estimated average payback period was less than four months. A reduction of 330 tonnes CO2 was achieved.

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