The Industrial Energy Efﬁciency (IEE) Project was established in 2010.
The project was a collaborative effort between UNIDO, the then 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 20 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 3.8 TWh 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.