The conference marked the celebration of two decades of industrial efficiency highlights, and the culmination of its internationally acclaimed Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project.
Hosted at the CSIR International Convention Centre, the two-day conference attracted an attendance of more than 400 (in-person and virtual) local and international delegates and NCPC-SA strategic partners.
According to the post-conference feedback survey, participants highly enjoyed the informative presentations and high level of discussions. Sessions such as the Industrial Energy Efficiency and Water Efficiency come up as favourites.
During the opening plenary, NCPC-SA Director Ndivhuho Raphulu shared that the IEE Project’s impact amounted to approximately 6 500 GWh of energy saved, which translates into R5.3 billion in savings for industry and 6.4 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions mitigated. These savings were achieved through the implementation of energy management principles, often without significant investment. In addition, the programme resulted in 6 330 professionals, 314 experts and 199 local trainers trained; seven occupational qualifications registered with the National Qualification Framework; and 13 original training courses developed.
Chief of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)’s Energy Systems and Infrastructure division in Vienna, Rana Ghoneim, thanked the NCPC-SA’s committed partners, including the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), and the companies that contributed toward the success of the NCPC-SA over the years.
While the dtic Green Industries Chief Director, Gerhard Fourie congratulated the centre on its successes over the two decades.
“I want to congratulate the NCPC-SA on its successes during these two decades and thank it for making our job somewhat easier to get funding to support the initiative going forward. The success of the NCPC-SA has encouraged donor funding from other governments and has also contributed to creating growth opportunities in the green economy.”
“It is good to see how the NCPC-SA took initiative and how it has grown,” Fourie added.