Supporting energy efficiency

Acting Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Eulenda Mabusela

The City of Tshwane has reached a partnership agreement with the National Business Initiative (NBI) at an energy efficiency business breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria yesterday morning.

The partnership will provide businesses in the region with support in the uptake of energy efficiency through the NBI’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) programme. The initiative aligns with the City of Tshwane’s vision for a city of excellence through resource efficiency and contributes to the stability of the grid, thereby reducing the need for load shedding.

At the breakfast, the Acting Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Eulenda Mabusela indicated that as part of its Energy Efficiency programme to reduce the City’s carbon footprint, it has initiated a number of mitigation measures while creating new economic and job opportunities. These include Green buildings Policy and By-law.

“Tshwane is the first municipality in South Africa to promulgate a Green Building Policy and By-law to facilitate the development of green buildings. Other interventions include Renewable Energy interventions and the Electricity for all programme” said Mabusela.

“The partnership with the NBI will enable us to assist businesses in saving energy and costs. It will also enable them to make informed choices about alternative energy sources and could facilitate access to tax incentives such as the recently revised 12L and other avenues to finance more costly interventions,” said Mabusela.

“Energy efficiency also contributes to government and industry goals of continuous growth, improved competitiveness and sustainable job creation” she added.

“With the current energy constraints and surging electricity prices, the efficient use of energy should be a top priority for any business. It not only represents good business practice but also plays a vital role in freeing capacity on the national grid and reducing environmental impacts,” adds Joanne Yawitch, CEO of the NBI.

In terms of the partnership, the PSEE will conduct energy assessments at businesses across several industry sectors to assist them in becoming more energy efficient and reducing energy consumption.  A number of free energy workshops and other events will also be hosted across the city to facilitate access to the PSEE’s services.

According to Mabusela, this partnership will ensure that the city can draw on national and international resources that have been made available through the NBI’s PSEE Programme and help to grow a culture of energy efficiency in the private sector.

In June 2013, the NBI - a voluntary coalition of South African and multinational companies committed to working towards sustainable growth and development in South Africa - was awarded £8.6-million (more than R150-million) by the UK Government through its Department for International Development (DFID) to implement the PSEE as a countrywide programme of support for energy efficiency improvement in the private sector.

The aim of the PSEE is to improve energy efficiency in commercial and industrial companies in South Africa through the provision of various services to assist companies in identifying and implementing energy saving measures.


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