The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) launched the Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement in South Africa Project (IEE Project) in South Africa in 2010 in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of South Africa, after a wave of rolling blackouts highlighted the country’s acute electricity shortage.
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.
The IEE Project set out to boost sustainable transformation of energy usage practices in South African industry through enhancing energy security, promoting job creation and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The business model was set out in four components:
- Assisting Government to foster an enabling policy environment by facilitating the development of the 2nd Revision of South African National Energy Efficiency Strategy and operationalization of aspect of the Energy Act.
- Promoting energy management standards, building national capacity to accredit and certify compliance with SANS/ISO 50001 and supporting industry in applying these standards effectively.
- Building capacity to implement energy management systems and energy systems optimisation through training courses and in-plant implementation support.
- Demonstrating the impact of EnMS, ESO and general energy efficiency on businesses’ bottom-lines and sustainability through extensive piloting within South African industry, disseminating case studies, publishing technical articles and wide ranging awareness-raising.