29 October 2021

At an online workshop held earlier this week, industrial energy efficiency experts, practitioners and industry representatives were introduced to a range of free, downloadable tools, videos and guides available to support and expand their services to South African industry.

The workshop was hosted by the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with support from the South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC). The two-hour session served to relaunch the Industrial Energy Efficiency LinkedIn Group as a platform to facilitate ongoing peer-to-peer knowledge sharing between energy experts, practitioners and industry representatives.

Speaking at the event, Sashay Ramdharee, the NCPC-SA’s National Project Manager for the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project, detailed the free guides, tools and videos available on the NCPC-SA’s website. These range from how to turn energy into profit, the human factor in energy management, and how to read an electricity bill to understand where energy is consumed, to guides on implementing an ISO 50001-aligned Energy Management System (EnMS), as well as the recently launched guideline for developing bankable business proposals for clean energy projects.

Resources on the NCPC-SA website are not limited to energy – best practice guides and case studies on how to optimise water, waste and material usage can also be downloaded from the NCPC-SA’s website. “This practical information and support from the NCPC-SA could enable companies not only to comply with international standards, but also to realise actual cost savings”, Ramdharee concluded.

Speaking from UNIDO’s head office in Vienna, international project coordinator Ilina Stefanova introduced UNIDO’s special-purpose Industrial Energy Accelerator. She explained that the Accelerator “facilitates industry know-how, provides policy recommendations and provides support small to medium enterprise with minimum resources to implement energy efficiency solutions.” She was supported by international energy expert Alf Hartzenburg, who demonstrated the toolkits in the Accelerator’s energy efficiency solution series that are currently available as free downloads.

These cover EnMS, efficiency solutions for motor-driven systems, industrial heat, industrial cooling and refrigeration systems, as well as energy performance measurements, indicators and benchmarking. Each toolkit typically consists of an implementation guide, videos, a brochure, and case studies from across the globe, and outlines the significant savings potential of each for the companies involved.

With a common goal to accelerate the transition to clean energy, the workshop saw lively interaction among participating energy sector players, with valuable information being shared and topics for future engagement identified. “The IEE LinkedIn group was identified to facilitate knowledge exchange and ensure seamless access to the tools and guides that we and UNIDO have available and to allow peer-to-peer information sharing”, NCPC-SA Communication and Operations Manager, Julie Wells, stated.

“Energy efficiency practitioners and companies on the energy efficiency transition journey stand to benefit a great deal from joining this LinkedIn community. We are also grateful to the SAEEC for supporting us in this effort”, she adds.

Enquiries:

NCPC-SA:

Julie Wells, Operations and Communication Manager: +27 (0)74 899 9819 / jwells@csir.co.za

Lesego Hlalethwa, Communications Practitioner: +27 (0)84 558 0235 / lhlalethwa@csir.co.za

UNIDO South Africa:

Petro de Wet: +27 (0)60 679 1359 / p.dewet@unido.org

For more information and to download the free tools discussed at this event, go to ncpc.co.za and industrialenergyaccelerator.org

Join the IEE Project’s LinkedIn Group – https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5065038/