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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:37

Focus on energy efficiency in SA’s private sector

The National Business Initiative (NBI) recently announced the successful winning of a bid from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) worth £8,7 million.

The National Business Initiative (NBI) recently announced its success in a bid from the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) worth £8,7 million, to implement a countrywide programme of support to the private sector in energy-efficiency improvement – at this stage called the Private Sector Energy-Efficiency Project (PSEEP).

The Department of energy together with DFID recognises the need to provide direct support to South African companies through the NBI, building on its experience in the sector and its existing platform of engagement between companies and the government through the Energy-Efficiency Leadership Network. The project aims to assist participating companies in reaching government’s objective’s to reduce Energy demand.  

The NBI has a proud track-record of advancing environmental sustainability in the private sector over the past seven years, especially through its focus on climate, energy and water. This effort has contributed to South African companies taking significant steps, especially in a developing economy context, through participation in voluntary individual and collective action in energy-efficiency improvement and carbon emission reduction.

The project aims to improve energy-efficiency in South Africa’s industrial and commercial sectors through the provision of a variety of services that help companies to identify and implement energy-saving measures.

South African companies need to manage their energy demand and meet both country and value chain obligations to reduce their carbon emissions. By implementing energy-efficiency measures, companies can improve their business productivity, competitiveness and innovation as well as access to energy-efficiency financial subsidies and tax incentives.

PSEEP seeks to support companies towards achieving:

• Increased awareness of energy-efficiency.

• Energy savings.

• Energy intensity reductions.

• The implementation of projects which will result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

• Improved economic competitiveness through resource and process efficiency.

• Investment leveraged from the private and public sectors through capital investment in energy-efficiency projects.

• Social benefits such as job creation and skills development relating to energy-efficiency.

 

Scope:

Large company support

The project aims to support over 60 large companies across the country with between 40 to 60 days of consulting support to provide a holistic range of services, including energy audits, the development of energy management systems and strategies, capacity building, the identification of energy-saving opportunities and business case development for access to investment. This range of services will be informed by where each company finds itself on its own roadmap to improved energy-efficiency. For large companies, the project will follow a 60/40 cost sharing approach – a 60% contribution will come from the project funds.

Medium Company support

A target of at least 1000 medium sized companies will benefit from a fully funded “lighter touch” level of onsite and follow up services as well as targeted capacity building programmes aimed at improved energy management.

Small Company support

A help desk service and awareness raising activities and capacity building programmes will be available for a target of at least 2500 small businesses.

The project is currently in a three-month set-up phase and will run until March 2015. As part of the project set up, processes for the identification and selection of companies will be finalised and expressions of interest for appropriate consulting services will be advertised in national newspapers. The project is expected to be publicly launched in November this year.

 

The National Business Initiative

Tel: +27 11 544 6000

Website: www.nbi.org.za