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Monday, 24 April 2017 12:28

Sustainability and efficiency the common thread

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).


Western Cape Premier Helen Zille saw ACA threads’ success first hand during a site visit. She encouraged more companies to look into alternative ways to save energy and water. “They (ACA) have switched to photovoltaic energy, they have switched to wise water methods, and they have switched to recycling in a big way and are saving themselves millions, at the same time ensuring that we can sustain this planet.”


This change and others has resulted in ACA being recognised as a model of best practice in the Western Cape provincial government's Energy Security Game Changer plan, which aims to ensure long-term energy security.


Bongani Memela from the Council for Scientific Industrial Research, and Lee-Hendor Ruiters from the NCPC-SA also attended the site visit and provided an overview to the Premier and MEC Alan Winde, on the NCPC-SA and the CSIR’s support to companies like ACA through the various service offerings and international partnerships. Click here for more company case studies.


Memela said, “This case study demonstration and showcasing has shown the importance of RECP benefits to companies in ensuring their competitiveness, financial security through the improvement of the bottom line and social responsibility.” He adds that the CSIR played through the NCPC-SA was acknowledged by the Western Cape Premier. “This cemented Government and the private sectors relationship.”


ACA saving highlights 2014 – 2017 summarised

  • Waste: reduced by 96% in the past four years was. Monetary savings of R735 000.
  • Water: usage reduced by 66% for each kilogram of thread dyed. That is a reduction from 160 litres/kg to 48 litres/kg in the thread dying process. This translates to water savings of roughly 4.5 Mil Litres /Month.
  • Heavy Furnace Oil (HFO):  usage amount reduced for each kilogram of thread dyed from 0.48 litres/kg to 0.28 litres/kg. This is a R300 000 in savings per year since 2012.



Western Cape Premier Helen Zille with delegats at ACA Threads site tour.