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A Day of the year has been allocated to the power of the sun thanks to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). International Day of the Sun on 03 May is meant to recognise and promote the expansion of this abundant renewable energy resource.

International Day of the Sun also coincides with a major research collaboration to identify the optimal thermal technologies that companies and households can use as alternative sources of energy. The first of these collaborations will focus on solar water heating potential using different solar technology solutions.

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28 APR, 22

Global energy supply crisis calls for renewed efficiency

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has sparked fears of a global energy supply crisis affecting electricity and fuel security. As the world’s third largest oil producer, uncertainty around oil supply from Russia has sent the oil price soaring.

Meanwhile countries in Europe are scrambling to reduce their reliance on Russian gas, thrusting energy efficiency into the spotlight where it belongs. Energy efficiency will become the single most effective tool to remedy high demand and low capacity, or supply.

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08 APR, 22

SANEDI APPOINTS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS WITH SICELO XULU AS CHAIRPERSON

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) announces its new board appointed by the minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), Gwede Mantashe, following the expiration of the previous board’s term.

SANEDI’s new board comprises ten members who hold extensive experience across various industries, including clean energy, intellectual property and chemical engineering. The newly appointed board members are: Sicelo Xulu, Lungile Mtiya, Abegail Boikhutso, Tumelo Mashabela, Ilze Baron, Jongikhaya Witi, Mthokozisi Mpofu. Noma Qase, Gerhard Fourie and Olga Chauke sit on the board as alternate members.

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08 APR, 22

THE FUTURE OF MICRO DIGESTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) commissioned the University of Johannesburg’s Process, Energy and Environmental Technology Station (UJ PEETS) to take stock of the current status of micro-digesters and the wider state of the technology in South Africa and globally. UJ PEETS, together with the DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development (UJ-TRCTI), conducted research over the period of two years, with significant levels of stakeholder engagement that has culminated in the development of a Sector Development Plan (SDP). This Plan outlines three pathways that the micro-digester sector in South Africa can take to ensure growth and sustainability of the sector by 2030. The first pathway focuses on increasing uptake of this technology in rural areas. The second pathway looks to pilot micro-digester use in urban areas, especially urban gardens, food establishments and small housing developments. The third pathway is cross-cutting and focuses on actions to create a supportive enabling environment relating to skills and training, financing, regulation and policy.

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31 MAR, 22

Call to Entry

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Clean Energy Ministerial Energy Management Leadership Awards competition is open! The submission deadline is 2 June 2022. Early submission by 19 May is strongly encouraged.

Organizations certified to ISO 50001 are invited to submit case studies for recognition. Each entry will describe how ISO 50001 implementation occurred within the organization and resulting business benefits. Entries will undergo a juried selection process by a committee of experts from around world. Changes in 2022 include enhanced guidance on energy performance, an updated template and case study topics, and other improvements reflecting stakeholder feedback and international expert input.

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23 MAR, 22

NATIONAL WATER WEEK, AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAP INTO NEW STANDARDS

South Africa can significantly improve water and energy efficiency by aligning its tap labelling programme with international standards, according to a new study released ahead of National Water Week marked on 20 to 26 March 2022. The week aims to raise awareness and call to action renewed value for this scarce resource.

In 2018, the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan identified a water supply deficit of 17% by 2030 for the country, putting water efficiency under the spotlight at a time when parts of the country were feeling the pinch of prolonged drought conditions.

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22 MAR, 22

South African Tap and Flow Rate Gap Analysis

CLASP’s 2021 report titled “In-depth Assessment of Water Efficiency Opportunities in South Africa” found that standards for taps and showerheads could address the country’s linked water and energy crises by reducing the use of water and electricity needed to heat some of that water. As a next step, the report recommended a gap analysis between the various South African National Standards that were perceived to require high flow rates, in contrast to international trend of standards requiring decreasing flow rates in support of sustainability.

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15 MAR, 22

SANDF takes a green leap ahead of Global Recycling Day

On Friday 18 March the world will mark Global Recycling Day to bring to light the benefits of recycling waste for the environment, businesses and people. The day was first recognised by the United Nations in 2018 and has since birthed countless initiatives by governments, civil society groups and the private sector that have impacted environmental action and awareness in profound ways.

This year the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will be no exception. The military is taking its “green soldiering” environmental concept to the next level by installing biogas plants that will enable two military bases to reduce or eliminate the use of fossil fuels to cook meals for about 220 people a day.

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14 MAR, 22

MINIMUM ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS (MEPS) FOR ELECTRIC MOTORS (EM)

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's (DMRE) Standards and Labelling (S&L) Programme is a key policy objective of the 2005 National Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES) and the post-2015 NEES. In this regard, the electric apparatus selected by the DMRE to be regulated under VC9006 and 9008 has delivered significant energy savings. As a globally proven cost-effective policy tool, it is the DMRE's intention to regularly strengthen MEPS for existing S&L apparatus and to expand the Programme to other electrical apparatus that can deliver meaningful savings. Here, it has always been the DMRE's objective to move beyond the residential sector.

Globally, EM MEPS Programmes are common due to the combination of their very high penetration rate and energy savings potential; and are regulated in China, the European Union, USA, Brazil, Australia, Kenya, Egypt and other countries. Indeed, many of these countries have completed their fourth MEPS revision. Within this context, the DMRE commissioned and recently completed a cost benefit analysis study, which included industry stakeholder consultation as well NRCS and SABS participation. The study found that the infroduction of MEPS will have a net economic benefit to the economy and will improve commercial and industrial productivity.

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28 FEB, 22

Young Artisans Being Trained to Help Rate Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Government’s programme to make thousands of buildings in South Africa more energy efficient and able to contribute multiple economic and environmental benefits to the country is being stepped up.

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is leading an initiative in which 50 qualified, and mostly unemployed, young electricians will be trained to enable them to obtain the energy usage data required to issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) which give buildings a rating based on the amount of energy consumed per square metre.

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27 JAN, 22

Energy Sector Leader Identifies Key Challenges

Energy sector leader Lethabo Manamela has identified at least three issues she believes South Africans should tackle with greater urgency.

Assessing key trends and issues in 2022, Manamela, Interim CEO of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and winner of the SA National Energy Association (SANEA) award as the energy sector’s 2021 Shapeshifter, has identified energy efficiency, a Just Energy Transition and development of a green hydrogen industry as issues that are beginning to assert themselves and demand greater attention.

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27 JAN, 22

Making Heating and Cooling Energy Efficient

Two major research organisations are combining forces to identify the optimal thermal technologies companies can use instead of increasingly expensive and often unreliable fossil fuel-based solutions. The first of these collaborations will focus on solar water heating potential using different solar technology solutions.

The move by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) could take huge pressure off the overstrained national electricity grid and enable easing of load shedding if companies switch to solar and related thermal heating and cooling technologies. Companies switching to low-carbon technologies would also shield themselves against high electricity tariff increases, save money, give themselves greater energy security, and contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

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27 JAN, 22

Get Switched On To Energy Efficiency This Holiday Season
10 Top Tips to Save Energy This Festive Season

The holiday season is a busy time when we expend a lot of our energy decorating, wrapping, cooking, shopping, and visiting with friends and family. At the same time we’re using a lot of electrical energy too. “Whether you’re at home or away for the holidays, simply switching off what you are not using can save valuable electricity,” says Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager for Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).

According to Bredenkamp, when we switch off we save money and also help ease the pressure on our national grid, which can then also reduce the possibility of load shedding over the festive season. “The smallest saving counts,” says Bredenkamp. “If every household switched off just one unnecessary light, the saving would be equivalent to about 800MW. That’s more than the amount of electricity produced by a unit of a major power station.”

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03 DEC, 21

Structures Along the N4 Are Garnering Public Interest

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has revealed that the strange structures, which caused widespread public interest when they were erected on its Pretoria campus in full view of the N4 highway, are part of an advanced solar energy system that is providing the institution with electricity and research benefits.

Now that the system is up and running, the CSIR is working with the SA National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) to explore the most effective options to enable solar-powered electricity generation systems to supply electricity when the sun is not shining.

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03 DEC, 21

2021 GBCSA Product Members Catalogue

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the GBCSA Green Pages - the catalogue profiling our product members.

At the GBCSA we certify whole buildings, and not specific products, however, we often get asked to recommend products that have an environmental focus. While we cannot interrogate the composition of each product and our rating systems rely on technical data and affiliated recognised green product labels, as a member-based organisation, we have many members who produce and distribute products that would be well placed in green buildings. This catalogue serves to profile those member organisations.

It is through the support of our members that we are able to continue the important work of transforming the South African built environment to be a place where people and the planet thrive.

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23 NOV, 21

2021 GBCSA Product Members Catalogue

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the GBCSA Green Pages - the catalogue profiling our product members.

At the GBCSA we certify whole buildings, and not specific products, however, we often get asked to recommend products that have an environmental focus. While we cannot interrogate the composition of each product and our rating systems rely on technical data and affiliated recognised green product labels, as a member-based organisation, we have many members who produce and distribute products that would be well placed in green buildings. This catalogue serves to profile those member organisations.

It is through the support of our members that we are able to continue the important work of transforming the South African built environment to be a place where people and the planet thrive.

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23 NOV, 21

You Can Help Ease Load shedding By Simply Saving Electricity

There’s an immediate, least-cost effective way to ease loadshedding if South Africans can stand together to save as much electricity as possible, to ease the excessive pressure on the grid.

This is the message from the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), who is issuing a national appeal for all South Africans to consider behaviour changes in the same way as Capetonians did when they came together just a few years ago to implement maximum water saving measures to avoid Day Zero, when the taps were predicted to run dry.

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19 NOV, 21

UNEXPECTED INTERGOVERNMENTAL COLLABORATION LEADS TO COAL ASH AMELIORATION OF SEWAGE IMPACTED SOIL DURING COVID-19
Authored by: AKJ Surridge (SANEDI), KA Reynolds-Clausen (Eskom), HJ Davel (SANDF)

A collaboration between SANEDI, Eskom Holdings and Department of Defence, has mitigated a potential health threat caused by a spill of raw human sewage from informal ablution facilities at a temporary Covid-19 support station. Before this could become an ecological issue, the quick-action and teamwork of the three partners remediated the situation through the use of a unique approach in environmental amelioration.

During the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 in Lephalale, Limpopo in South Africa, a raw sewage spill occurred between 1 to 28 July 2020, which formed a gully flowing into a grassland area. Unfortunately, more often than not, human excreta carries seeds of exotic plants due to our dietary intake. The impacted area is mainly used for recreational purposes such as physical sport and training exercises. From a military utilisation perspective, it was therefore imperative that the area remains as it was before the sewage spill incident occurred (relating to basal cover and soil pH). Therefore, ideally, the existing grass cover (Cynodon dactylon – “kweek grass”) should remain vigorous and intact to ensure alien plants do not establish in the area. Thus, this spill presented not only a potential health hazard, but also a potentially negative ecological impact, which required immediate remediation in order to limit the possible spread of several diseases. Due to the urgency of this environmental contamination, a rapid response was required to neutralise the potential health threat.

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27 OCT, 21

An inclusive approach to encouraging women in energy:The time is now
Lethabo Manamela, Acting CEO, SANEDI

The recent national focus on gender mainstreaming and women empowerment has been inspiring to see. As companies across all industries in South Africa showcased their strong female talent during August – “Women’s Month” – I was encouraged to look beyond just the media frenzy and think about how we can maintain the momentum, practically. I believe that promoting women in the energy sector has wider benefits for the sustainable development of our society, so how can we aid this agenda?

Having a financial background, I have experience across a multitude of sectors. However, none have excited me as much as the energy sector. There is incredible potential here to make progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Bringing our focus in the energy sector to SDG 5, Gender Equality, creates further opportunities to achieve other goals and ultimately achieve that “better life for all” that we are striving for.

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21 OCT, 21

SANEDI offers three tips for cooling your home this summer with a cool-coated roof

Over a matter of days, South Africa’s winter chill has burned off with a very warm summer ahead. This will see a change in household requirements, from heating to cooling. “This should also bring about a change in energy usage,” comments Denise Lundall, Project Officer Energy Efficiency Cool Surface at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). “If people embrace low-tech cooling initiatives such as cool coatings, there is no need to battle high electricity bills from using air conditioners and fans this summer,” she says.

Cool coatings involve the painting of a heat-reflective membrane onto one’s roof, passively cooling the building with the absence of electrical technology, thus saving electricity. “The coating reflects heat and mitigates the need for fans or air-conditioners, making living conditions more comfortable. We have started applying this coating to roads and paving too, and have seen the incredible impact this can make in cooling down an urban area,” says Lundall.

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13 OCT, 21

Gazetting of EPC regulations creates potential boom in energy businesses

A great opportunity lies ahead for individuals and businesses in the energy sector, thanks to new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations which were gazetted by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in December 2020. Young professionals and graduates in the engineering disciplines with the mindset to be a part of the energy efficiency solution are sure to benefit here. This is the view of Ms Vash Singh, MD of Alliance Energy, who recently shared her journey of becoming the 2nd SANAS-accredited Inspection Body, and first black women-owned one, to issue Energy Performance Certificates in the country.

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29 SEP, 21

Energy efficiency ‘service providers’: A simple solution to going green, without capital outlay

Many businesses and individuals are aware of the importance of reducing their energy consumption; doing so offers benefits for the environment and a decrease in one’s utility bill. However, one of the biggest barriers to wider adoption of energy efficient technology is the capital outlay required to purchase, install, and maintain these systems. This is according to Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager, Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Bredenkamp reports that a possible solution lies in the procurement of energy efficiency as a service provider, rather than financing the procurement of state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies on the company’s balance sheet, which are constantly evolving and improving.

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20 SEP, 21

City shines as first municipality to receive certificates for energy smart buildings

The City of Cape Town is proud to announce that it has received Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for three of its municipal buildings. We can only manage what we measure, so EPCs are a critical first step to reducing our energy use. The City is the first in South Africa to achieve this feat. This is good news for customers as more resource efficient facilities make service delivery more cost effective. In addition, energy use in transport and the built environment are the main contributors to harmful emissions that are causing climate change. It is important that the City leads by example by taking climate action as it will take a team effort to successfully tackle climate change. We need to clean up the activities, fuels, materials and waste products that cause emissions, while making sure we meet our essential human needs and grow the green economy.

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16 SEP, 21

Hard work pays off: SANEDI receives international recognition for clean energy efforts

As governments around the world aim to drive renewable energy and energy efficient initiatives to curb climate change, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), is excited to be receiving an international award for its efforts in this regard.
“We have been selected for the international Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Sub-Saharan Africa Region Institutional Energy Management Award for 2021,” says SANEDI Interim CEO, Lethabo Manamela. “We are so honoured by this and are delighted that our hard work in the South African energy sector has been globally recognised, especially considering South Africa’s transition from a carbon-intensive energy sector towards a cleaner and energy efficient society.” The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) – presents annual awards to individuals and organisations around the world to recognise their dedication and performance in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.

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15 SEP, 21

Encouraging and empowering women in energy: SANEDI drives a change in workforce demographics

As Women’s Month draws to a close, it is important to highlight how sector-specific initiatives can help make it easier for women to enter traditionally male-dominated environments. The “Women in Energy” initiative has been embraced by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), as they incorporate gender mainstreaming into achieving their mandate of promoting energy efficiency and driving research and development in the sector.

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28 AUG, 21

South Africa faces a tough road to net-zero emissions by 2050, but there are opportunities on the way

The International Energy Agency (IEA) – of which South Africa is an association country – recently released a report detailing a way forward for countries looking to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and thus give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. However, the recommended path to net-zero would be a tough one for South Africa to follow, considering our heavy reliance on coal. As the world prepares for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021, South Africa must focus its efforts on tangible solutions for emission reductions.

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05 AUG, 21

SANEDI strategy set to address key issues of today’s changing energy landscape

It is widely understood that the energy sector is the backbone of the South African economy. However, this sector faces various challenges which must be addressed for wider socio-economic advancement. In light of this, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has developed a new strategic plan which positions the institute to address key energy sector issues.

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29 JUL, 21

SANEDI invites stakeholder engagement for study assessing electric motor energy consumption

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), electric motors are responsible for 53% of the world’s total electricity consumption. In light of this, initiated by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy policy, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is expanding its Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (S&L) Programme to study the energy use of motors available in South Africa, and suggest new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

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29 JUL, 21

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit receives energy performance certificate, sets the bar for Gauteng

In a new milestone of government’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regulations, the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre has received its EPC with a highly commendable rating of B, where A is the highest achievable rating and G the worst possible rating for buildings in South Africa. “The facility is comprehensive, with the main building in the region of 14,500 m2. The energy requirements must be vast, so their rating is to be applauded,” comments Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications at the South African National Energy Development Institute, (SANEDI).

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08 JUL, 21

The new 100 MW threshold: The best megawatt remains the megawatt not used

As the country focuses on improved energy generation capacity, energy savings must not be forgotten! The South African energy industry – and indeed the wider business community – is celebrating the recent very positive announcement by President Ramaphosa on the increased threshold for embedded electricity generation for private companies, up from just 1 MW to 100 MW. However, while companies start investigating their self-generation options, it is vital that we do not forget our impact on ‘the other (demand) side of the meter’.

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01 JUL, 21

SANEDI encourages conscientious energy use as mid-winter dawns

Monday 21 June marked the exact middle of winter in South Africa, being the longest night and the shortest day of the year. “While this means we are already halfway through winter, there are still many cold, dark nights ahead of us. Considering our country’s constrained energy supply, every individual must play their part in reducing their electricity use and help reduce the pressure on our national electricity grid,” explains Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager, Energy Efficiency & Corporate Communications at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).

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28 JUN, 21

Ground-breaking study delves into the reality of SA’s residential power use

Amid ongoing electricity supply concerns in South Africa, results of a ground-breaking study on residential energy use have been released. The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), together with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), has completed a study to assess the impact of energy efficient appliances on electrical energy consumption in the residential sector in South Africa, while looking at possible future energy impacts for the sector.

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22 JUN, 21

Stellenbosch University spinout company ensures school receives first ever energy efficient certificate in South Africa

A recent study by IRENA found that women make up just 22% of the global energy sector; a trend reflected in South Africa’s industry. In the just energy transition for South Africa, there needs to be a focus on changing this trend. This just transition is defined as a shift from our current energy system to one that is better in terms of sustainability, environmental impact, climate change, human health, economics, employment and social equity.

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09 JUN, 21

SANEDI promotes gender mainstreaming through ESCo Market Development

A recent study by IRENA found that women make up just 22% of the global energy sector; a trend reflected in South Africa’s industry. In the just energy transition for South Africa, there needs to be a focus on changing this trend. This just transition is defined as a shift from our current energy system to one that is better in terms of sustainability, environmental impact, climate change, human health, economics, employment and social equity.

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08 JUN, 21

Environmental tax breaks

Under the current legislation, section 12B of the Income Tax Act, businesses can depreciate investments in renewable energy and bio fuel production at a rate of 50:30:20. By allowing accelerated depreciation on these assets, SARS is giving businesses a cash flow advantage which should assist in the investment in renewable energy projects. The amendments to the Income Tax Act section 11 and 12B now propose that support structures related to the investments in renewable energy and bio fuel production should be depreciated at the same rate as the Plant and Machinery depreciation rate detailed above.

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04 JUN, 21

Know your labels: SANEDI encourages consumers to look out for energy efficiency labels on appliances

In an effort to mitigate climate change and help move South Africa towards being a more energy-efficient nation, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) encourages every individual to consider their household energy use. South Africa is the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) contributor in Africa, and everyone has a role to play in changing this. “There are easy ways for consumers to get on board with this initiative, in some cases, it’s as simple as reading a label” explains SANEDI’s Ashanti Mogosetsi.

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24 MAY, 21

INVITATION: TRAINING ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY DATABASE

Since 1 April 2021, applications for Energy Efficiency LOAs are to be submitted on the new EE Database System. The NRCS is pleased to announce that since then, EE LOAs are successfully being issued via the new system.

The NRCS, together with its implementing partner SANEDI, invites all affected stakeholders to training sessions scheduled as set out in the table below. This follows previous training sessions, which were held in August 2020.

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11 MAY, 21

SANEDI reminds building owners to have their buildings rated for energy efficiency

Building owners have two years to comply with new building energy performance regulations, which require a formal assessment of their building energy consumption. On 8 December 2020, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) gazetted ‘Regulations for the Mandatory Display and Submission of Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings’. As an agency of the Department, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has been tasked with developing, hosting and maintaining a national Building Energy Performance Certificate Register in terms of these regulations.

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10 MAY, 21

Five key energy saving tips to help keep load shedding at bay this winter

With South Africa facing continually constrained energy supply, load shedding has become a normal part of life for many people. Daily routines are reworked to cater for power cuts, and backup cooking and lighting solutions are becoming increasingly popular. However, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) would like to remind South Africans that there are simple things we can do every day to reduce power consumption, take pressure off the grid, and ultimately help to mitigate the risk of load shedding.

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05 MAY, 21

Study shows the power of passive cooling technology

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has been rolling out “cool surfaces” across the country over recent years, aiming to provide a low-tech, but energy efficient cooling solution to communities. Many partnerships and collaborations have enabled the coverage of hundreds of thousands of square metres, coating roofs and walls with a heat-reflective substrate designed to lower indoor air temperatures without the use of air conditioning.

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22 APR, 21

SANEDI encourages public comment on new lighting regulations

South Africans have until 30 April 2021 to comment on the recently gazetted specifications for general service lamps. The specifications aim to improve the safety, performance and energy efficiency of lightbulbs approved for use in South Africa by phasing out inefficient and environmentally harmful lighting products. If passed, lighting products which do not meet the specifications would be removed from the market.

“For example, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) currently on the market would not meet the specifications; it is more likely that LEDs would become the preferred choice of lamp. Although CFLs are often known as ‘energy saving’ lamps, they contain mercury which can be harmful to humans and to the environment,” explains Ashanti Mogosetsi, Project Manager: Appliance Standards and Labelling Programme at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). “However, if CFLs make a technological advancement and meet these specifications in the future, then they could be legally sold. The purpose of the specifications is not to ban any particular lighting products, but to mandate their safety and performance standards.” SANEDI believes the gazetted regulations, if passed, would be a milestone in the journey towards a more environmentally sustainable country.

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14 APR, 21

Energy Efficiency critical to effective Covid-19 vaccine rollout

As South Africa is preparing for a broad roll-out of the country's vaccine programme, energy efficiency is one of the factors to consider, according to the South African National Energy Development Institute, (SANEDI).

Energy is crucial to operate cold chains that store vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccination against Covid-19 has a shelf life of up to 2 years if it is stored at -20°C. The J&J vaccination can also be safely stored in a domestic fridge for up to 1 month. The effectiveness of this, depends entirely on an uninterrupted supply of energy to maintain its low storage temperature requirements.

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08 APR, 21

Analysis and Documentation of Experiments on Cool Roofs and Walls in KwaZulu-Natal

Through this project, the Energy Partnership aims to support its partner SANEDI in analysing and documenting the experiments on cool roofs and walls done in KwaZulu-Natal at Genkem’s Umhlanga premises and at the Saint Lucia Ecolodge along the St Lucia Estuary, so that the gained results can be used for further project development and roll-out of cool roof/cool surface technology in South Africa. The following sections illustrate LowExCo’s approach and methodology to achieve this objective.

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31 MAR, 21

Finding a niche in industrial energy efficiency

Engineering is largely a male-dominated career. However, in recent years, more and more women have entered the engineering sector, and many more join them every year. Energy engineering is no exception. Studies have found that gender diversity often leads to better decisions being taken, and greater levels of innovation applied. At the same time, opening the field to women expands the number of potential new engineers entering the sector and often leads to an improved global image.

Simphiwe Mokonza

In many parts of the world, "Women in Energy" movements encourage young women to study engineering and work in the sector as engineers and technicians. These movements help to make it easier for women to enter the traditionally male dominated environment.

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) takes the Women in Energy initiative seriously. SANEDI’s multiparty International Energy Efficiency (IEE) project contributes to gender mainstreaming by encouraging female participation in the energy sector. Gender mainstreaming is seen as vital for the African continent where gender inequality is quite pervasive. Many organisations in the energy sector support and encourage gender equality as part of the energy transition.

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26 MAR, 21

GIZ-SANEDI partnership creates app for better lighting decisions

With the growing emphasis on energy efficiency in South Africa, the South African German Energy Programme (SAGEN), implemented by the German Development Agency (GIZ) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) are excited to announce a new app set to improve investment decisions around energy use in lighting of buildings across the country. The first of its kind in SA, the app has been tailored especially for the local market and will be available for download in early 2021.

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08 FEB, 21

Energy efficiency increasingly prioritised as Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive and Carbon Tax threat become realities for South African businesses

In the face of the worsening effects of climate change, increasing energy prices in South Africa, and a more challenging business environment, companies have been left with no choice but to improve their operations and strive to become more energy efficient. The South African National Energy Development Institute’s (SANEDI) Barry Bredenkamp explains that this trend is demonstrated by the increased number of Section 12L Energy Efficiency tax incentive applications the Institute has received since March 2020.

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25 JAN, 21
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