Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) International Energy Project of the Year 2020:

SA Industrial Energy Efficiency Project


A complementary workshop at the Africa Energy Indaba 2021

How energy management saved energy, money, jobs and the planet: Lessons from an international award-winning energy project

 Date:     Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Time:    11:00 – 12:00

Attendance is free, but registration is essential

South Africa’s largest energy efficiency initiative, the SA Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project, was awarded the highest international accolade for an energy programme – the International Energy Project of the Year – by the global Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in October 2020. The project received the award in recognition of its efforts to transform the energy use patterns in South African industry and mainstream energy management systems across economic sectors.

The project was launched in SA in 2010 and served as an international pilot project, with similar projects now operational in 17 other countries worldwide. To date, the IEE Project team has assisted more than 450 large and small industrial companies to save 6.5 TWh of energy  – equivalent to five years of load shedding at the 2019 level of 1.352 TWh. This translates to cumulative cost savings of R5.3 billion in these companies. More than 6 000 professionals and 200 experts have also been trained in energy management and various energy systems optimisation disciplines to assist industry in implementing and sustaining the energy efficiency interventions in their plants.

The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility with co-funding through the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. The work of the project is implemented by UNIDO, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa, the Department of Mineral Affairs and Energy and the South African National Energy Development Institute.

Panelists will share key lessons from this award-winning project from various perspectives, and will highlight opportunities for industry to use energy management as a strategic tool for post-COVID19 recovery.

Presented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA):

  • Rana Ghoneim, Chief: Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division, UNIDO
  • Alfred Hartzenburg, IEE Project National Project Manager, NCPC-SA (former)
  • Julie Ntsekhe, Risk and Environmental Sustainability Director. Tiger Brands
  • Moses Motaung, MD of Madikela Engineering Solutions (ESCo) and former Chair of the ESCo Association of South Africa (EASA)
  • Julie Wells, Operations and Communication Manager, NCPC-SA

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