EES - November 2013

November 2013


ICT can reduce SA’s energy consumption (31/10/2013))

The South African energy crisis and the need to manage supply and demand has motivated State-owned power utility, Eskom, to establish and implement aggressive goals and targets to support consumers in the drive towards reduced energy consumption.

In addition to its Integrated Demand Management (IDM) programme, which makes funds available to consumers who support reduced energy demand or consumption, Eskom has successfully rolled out phases one and two of a residential mass rollout programme encouraging households to install energy efficient fittings and devices. To date approximately 965 000 households have been assisted, and the third phase is to follow shortly.

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From My Pen

Individual companies should undertake own energy efficiency initiatives

Global trends in energy reduction have seen individual companies opting to undertake their own initiatives in reducing electricity consumption.


By following this international paradigm, South African companies in commerce and industry would each take responsibility for deploying their own energy efficiency solutions.       


This suggestion is backed by a recent report by market researcher, Nielsen, which found that “energy efficiency initiatives were most successful in companies with long-term strategies and a formal structure to support energy efficiency improvements, rather than those who adopted ‘kneejerk’ responses to the threat of carbon taxes and high energy prices.”  


South African industry players recently approached Eskom to instigate a commercial mass rollout programme. EES maintains that as part of this programme each individual company should implement its own intelligent ICT.


As the Nielsen report states, there are substantial opportunities for South African companies to undertake “further innovation, investment and process changes for greater energy efficiency gains.”

Bradley Hemphill
Managing Director