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.

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Energy efficiency policies and strategies are driven by national government through the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE). The work of the IEE Project, through the DoE and its agency, SANEDI, aims to improve data collection from industry and promote the integration of EnMS and ESO into energy policy.

Through the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA), the IEE Project offers the services of trained experts to conduct assessments and assist with the implementation of EnMS and ESO in industrial plants, to demonstrate real energy savings and GHG emissions mitigation. In Phase II, this support also extends, where possible, to assisting companies to access suitable financing options for their IEE interventions.

The training courses in energy management and various industrial systems optimisation offered through the IEE Project have been developed by international field experts and presented locally by the NCPC-SA. Training is offered at end-user and expert level. Since 2010, the IEE Project has trained over 6000 professionals and 200 experts.

The IEE Project offers a number of free workshops and seminars, as well as useful tools to drive adoption of EnMS and ESO and behaviour change in industry and among professionals. Adoption of IEE is driven through the demonstration of the impact of energy efficiency.

As a GEF funded and UNIDO implemented project, the IEE Project prioritises the promotion of the inclusion of women in energy efficiency at all levels. Gender targets and the promotion of gender mainstreaming underpin all IEE project activities.

Targets 2016-2021

  • 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