As a national programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa is mandated with enhancing manufacturing industry competitiveness. This is achieved through the Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) Programme, aimed at reducing the use of natural resources and minimising waste by focusing on energy, water, materials efficiency and waste management.
Experience from the NCPC-SA's past 10 years has shown an increasing awareness and concern being shown by South African industry towards:
- the cost of energy (electricity, fuels, steam etc)
- the quality/availability of water
- the amount of waste generated by their business/process
- the quantity of materials used
Primarily these concerns are driven by cost, yet very often industry doesn’t have a very accurate sense of where and how much resource, utility or waste is being used or generated. The result is IF YOU DON’T KNOW….
How much you spend on Energy, Water, Waste Disposal and Raw Materials?
What or where your biggest resource users and generators are? …YOU CAN’T MANAGE THEM.
The NCPC-SA’s Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production methodology provides a systematic approach to industry for determining What, Where and How much you are using or generating in order to assess appropriate options to reduce the usage or generation.
RECP Assessment Services to Sectors and Companies:
The NCPC-SA offers companies subsidised assessments, using industry sector and thematic specialists, to assess their processes and facilities in order to identify opportunities for saving through the implementation of RECP improvement options. These options are typically aimed at assisting the company to reduce its current resource utilisation in terms of energy, water and materials, as well as minimisation of waste.
A typical assessment would entail the following steps:
Introductory and inception meeting with company management to understand the key issues for the company;
- Sensitisation and awareness training of staff on RECP and the proposed assessment;
- Undertaking of an initial scoping analysis of current activities and practices (quick-scan walk-through) to assess opportunity areas;
- Detailed analysis and quantification of Quick-Scan opportunity areas;
- Generation and compilation of implementation options and recommendations in a detailed In-Plant Assessment Report (IPA);
- Development and presentation of a proposed implementation plan;
- Facilitation and supporting of access to appropriate incentive or funding mechanisms (government incentives, industrial and commercial financing, performance contracting etc); and
- Monitoring and evaluation of implementation.
Interested in finding out more? Then apply to undergo a RECP assessment and an NCPC-SA manager will get back to you to discuss your needs and how the NCPC-SA can be of service to your company.