About the IEE Project2018-11-08T13:41:35+00:00

About the IEE Project

The South African Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE Project) has assisted industrial companies around the country to improve their energy efficiency since 2010.

Now in its second phase, the GEF South African IEE Project Phase II is a multi-stakeholder initiative that supports increased and sustained energy efficiency within industrial and selected commercial sectors – by promoting the increased adoption of Energy Management Systems (EnMS), Energy Systems Optimisation (ESO), and the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001 Series.

The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with co-funding through the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

The work of the project is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), the Department of Energy and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).

Outcomes and focus areas

The IEE Project Phase II has been designed to accelerate and expand the introduction of Energy Management Systems (EnMS), Energy Systems Optimisation (ESO), and the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001 Series within the South African industrial (and selected commercial) sectors.

It aims to bring about increased investment in industrial energy efficiency through the wide-scale adoption of the two methodologies and ISO 50001 through a holistic approach that involves government, industry and selected regulatory bodies and education institutions.

Targets 2016-2020

  • To reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 1 million tonnes of CO2e
  • To reduce indirect greenhouse-gas emissions by 3.3 million tonnes of CO2e
  • To achieve direct energy savings of 1 000 GWh

History – a successful Phase I

The Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project was established in 2010.

The project was a collaborative effort between UNIDO, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Energy, the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

It was implemented by UNIDO and the NCPC-SA and supported the introduction of Energy Management Systems (EnMS), based on the then new International Energy Management Standard ISO 50001, and Energy Systems Optimisation (ESO).

The IEE Project in South Africa was the first of its kind, developing from concept to implementation over five years – and served as an international pilot project. Similar EnMS/ESO projects are now operational through UNIDO in 16 other developing and emerging economy countries worldwide.

The original phase ran from 2010 to 2015 and had a target of 500 MWh of energy saved.  The project exceeded all its targets and realised 2 119 155 241 kWh of energy in 43 plants.

The success of the project led to approval for a second phase, which has set a target of 1 000 GWh of energy saved.

Project partners

  • The IEE Project Phase II is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • The international implementing agent is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), responsible for general oversight, monitoring and evaluation
  • The largest national funder is the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)
  • The bulk of the project, namely technical support, capacity building and awareness-raising, is implemented by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) – a programme of the dti hosted by the CSIR
  • The data and policy components of the project are implemented by the Department of Energy and its agency, the South African Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)