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Companies save over R70 m through RECP during 2016/17

Between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, energy, water and materials savings valued at R 72.8 million were measured in 33 companies that had implemented resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) interventions in their production plants. In addition, potential savings of R 383 million per annum were identified in 128 plants through RECP assessments. The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) announced the savings in the annual highlights of its programmes for the 2016/17 financial year.

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Saturday, May 27, 2017

Between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, energy, water and materials savings valued at R 72.8 million were measured in 33 companies that had implemented resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) interventions in their production plants. In addition, potential savings of R 383 million per annum were identified in 128 plants through RECP assessments. The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) announced the savings in the annual highlights of its programmes for the 2016/17 financial year.

RECP assessments during the 2016/17 year were conducted in 160 companies. Of these, 128 were aimed at identifying resource saving opportunities, where water, energy and materials savings of R308 million were identified. This essentially means that if the companies adopt these recommendations and implement the interventions, the 128 companies could save a combined R1.9 billion over the next five years, even with a moderate escalation in resource prices.

During the last 12 months, the NCPC-SA measured implemented resource savings in 33 companies previously assessed. These companies had implemented interventions that saved resources worth R 72.8 million. This included savings of:

  • 308 000 Kl of water (R3.6 million);
  • 64.2 GWh of energy (R67 million);
  • 1.1 million tonnes of input materials (R2 million); and
  • 6 160 tonnes of waste.

The energy and waste savings translate into CO2 emissions mitigation of 77 000 tonnes.

The NCPC-SA implements a number of significant projects that contributed to the savings, including the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project, the Industrial Symbiosis Programmes in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the RECP Internship Programme and the Industrial Water Efficiency Project. The latter was only launched in early 2017 and has not yet realised any resource savings in participating companies.

Of particular interest this year were the savings achieved through implementation by interns. The NCPC-SA trains between 15 and 20 interns every year and places them in host plants to assess and implement savings in the plants. During 2016, interns and their mentors implemented resource savings worth R7.4 million in 18 host plants.

Director of the NCPC-SA, Ndivhuho Raphulu, explains that these savings are what has been measured this year only and will be added to previous savings to record a cumulative figure for the Centre. “Since 2010, the NCPC-SA, largely through its IEE Project has assisted industry to save an estimated R2.3 billion in resource savings. Over 98% of these are in energy, due to the energy crisis of the past few years and because energy is far more expensive than resources such as water,” he said.

Other areas of impact made by the NCPC-SA in 2016/17 included reaching over 5 400 people in their efforts to raise awareness about RECP, and training 876 professionals in resource efficiency. This number included an additional 41 experts, bringing the number of energy efficiency exerts trained to 157, and 22 local trainers.

The NCPC-SA’s training courses were also acknowledged during the year when the Centre won the “Best training provider in the public sector award” at the Achiever skills development awards in August 2016.

More information on the highlights will be released in the Annual Highlights review in June 2017.

Companies save over R70 m through RECP during 2016/17