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Energy Efficiency

Author: South African National Accreditation System

( Article Type: Explanation )

National Policy


The National Energy Efficiency Strategy of South Africa that was approved by Cabinet in March 2005, and reviewed in October 2008 sets the target for improved energy efficiency in South Africa by 2015.


What is Energy Efficiency?


Energy efficiency is defined as a ratio or quantitative relationship between an output of performance, service, goods or energy, and an input of energy according to International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). This definition appears to be confusing if one is not working in the energy efficiency fraternity. In simple terms, energy efficiency is how well an organisation uses their energy in producing products or providing services compared to other organisations or compared to the consumption established baseline.


The Benefits of Energy Efficiency Investments for companies

Investing in energy efficiency is a strategic approach to ensure business competitiveness. The benefits of this investment include, but are not limited to:

  •  Investment risk reduces through energy efficiency validation checks
  • Modernisation of your business’ industrial equipment and the use of energy efficient technologies result in reduced energy and other costs
  • Improving product quality and production capacity while increasing your business’ profitability
  • Improving your business’ image due to contributions to carbon footprint reduction and South Africa's sustainable development goals
  • Lower your business’ vulnerability to increasing energy prices
  •  Increased the value of your business.


 Why Energy Efficiency?


Due to the energy costs that have being rising globally over the past years and depletion of the natural resource coupled with the current challenges of climate change due to the greenhouse gasses emission from energy consumptions, organisations and governments have been pursuing energy efficient strategies. Energy efficiency is therefore important because it can contribute for the reductions of energy cost and reduction of greenhouse gasses emissions.


In addition organisations performance is no longer measured only on profits made for the year, but also on how sustainable and environmental friendly they made those profits, and energy efficiency plays a pivotal role in the attainment of these strategies.

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