ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Our cities are high energy consumption nodes in the country. Indications are that without intervention, South African cities’ energy consumption is set to double in the next 20 or so years. This is a challenge, but also a vital opportunity for cities to shift to a more sustainable energy path. The first step is to meet our energy needs with the ‘best’ energy service available: energy efficiency. This includes thermally efficient buildings, efficient water heating and ventilation, efficient industrial motors, community awareness and behaviour changes, as well as new planning approaches to urban development.

Energy Efficiency

Our cities are high energy consumption nodes in the country. Indications are that without intervention, South African cities’ energy consumption is set to double in the next 20 or so years. This is a challenge, but also a vital opportunity for cities to shift to a more sustainable energy path. The first step is to meet our energy needs with the ‘best’ energy service available: energy efficiency. This includes thermally efficient buildings, efficient water heating and ventilation, efficient industrial motors, community awareness and behaviour changes, as well as new planning approaches to urban development.

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Municipal Energy Management Tool for Baseline Assessments

An Excel-based Municipal Energy Management Systems tool to assist municipalities with mapping their own energy consumption. The tool is developed around the DMRE’s EEDSM energy audit template. A ‘How To Guide’ accompanies the tool. (GIZ & SALGA, 2020).

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SAGEN: Energy Efficiency

Promoting energy-efficient technologies: Generating biogas from the digestion of municipal wastewater sludge (GIZ, 2019)

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Auditing for Energy Efficiency: Students Conduct Energy Audits in Polokwane

This case study is a summary of a partnership between SA-LED, Polokwane municipality and local Capricorn Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in supporting capacity of students to conduct energy audits. Polokwane municipality was able to identify potential areas for energy efficiency interventions and calculate the associated cost savings.

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