Green Hour Podcasts

31 December 2017

In 2011 The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) joined forces with Gareth Burley, on Kingfisher FM in Nelson Mandela Bay, to start a national conversation on energy efficiency called The Green Hour radio show. The show won two prestigious awards in 2012 namely the International Association of Energy Engineers Best Community Project and Eskom’s eta Award in the Energy Efficiency Awareness category. Green Hour (GH) show topics are selected on the basis that they show case champions in our communities that have made sustainable differences and to share their energy saving tips. The Green Hour continues to share these good news stories and inspire others on Wednesday mornings at 08h00 live on Kingfisher FM, 103.8 and 107.5, in Nelson Mandela Bay. You can also listen live via streaming on www.kingfisherfm.co.za via your cell phone or computer.

For more information on The Green Hour please contact Gareth at easterncape@saee.org.za or on 0413689740

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Investing in sustainability has enhanced Van Dyck value

Investing in sustainability has enhanced Van Dyck value

Investing in sustainability and The Carbon Trust Standard is not only a risk management tool, believes Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International, holding company of Van Dyck Carpets. Being recognised as an independently verified environmentally sustainable organisation enhances brand value and can also drive innovation.

Zarrebini was speaking at the official launch of Carbon Trust Africa at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton late last month as director of a South African company with The Carbon Trust Standard certification. This recognises success in reducing carbon emissions and provides a framework for organisations to enhance their operational sustainability.

“The Carbon Trust Standard has enabled Van Dyck to manage and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions effectively, recognise new business opportunities, challenge our conventional wisdom and untap new market spaces ripe for growth,” he said.

<strong>Sustainability-based management</strong>

There was no doubt that today’s operating environment was complex, uncertain and ambiguous and that modern businesses required sophisticated sustainability-based management, he said.

Zarrebini cited his own company, Van Dyck Carpets, as an example. “This is an organisation that has an extensive history in South Africa, having first opened its doors in 1948 manufacturing soft floor coverings in Durban. It has evolved over the years to a company manufacturing and distributing a diverse portfolio of flooring products, not only in South Africa but to different parts of the world.”

Their journey towards adapting their business model began in 2012, after implementing an environmental management system during 2011.

“We had realised that the management system, while a step in the right direction encouraged incrementalism in a consistently documented manner, something any business should avoid. A more far-reaching approach to adopt faster and deeper improvements was required.”

“At the time, we had recognised that climate change risks could significantly impact on our operations in many dimensions such as resource scarcity and they were largely out of our organisation’s control. Disruptions in the supply chain would dramatically affect our production processes.”

<strong>Accounting for its emissions</strong>
Van Dyck began accounting for its greenhouse gas emissions in 2012, following the methodology prescribed in the Green House Gas Protocol.

“Our level of detail extended beyond the certification needs of Scope one and Scope two emissions and included many of the voluntary reporting requirements such as employee and airline travel together with emissions associated with the transportation and distribution of our goods throughout South Africa and beyond,” Zarrebini explained.

It was also imperative for Van Dyck to associate itself with an independent certifier such as The Carbon Trust that could provide a framework for Van Dyck to enhance its operational sustainability, improving energy efficiency at the same time as cutting costs.

The insight offered by monitoring data provided Van Dyck with a broad range of opportunities that could achieve carbon and energy savings in areas such as heating, cooling, lighting and resource performance. This focus on energy conservation helped the company reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20.7% in absolute terms and 24.5% as a function of intensity during the period 2012 to 2014.

“We are currently at the stage of our first re-certification and our estimate for the period of 2014-2016 is that we have made a further 20% absolute reduction over this period.”

“Since 2012, our carbon footprint has reduced from approximately 11,200 tonnes per annum to 4,200 tonnes per annum, a saving of more than 6,500 tonnes, resulting in significant savings in both energy costs and emissions.”

<strong>Sustainable manufacturing</strong>
Regarding business growth, Zarrebini said that redesigning processes to meet environmental standards and certification requirements had offered new opportunities.

“Van Dyck has successfully embedded sustainability into the manufacturing of its soft flooring and acoustic flooring. The carpet tiles manufactured at our Durban plant incorporate 40% recycled content into the backing of the product as a substitute for bitumen. The backing utilises fly ash or pulverised flue ash, a by-product of coal combustion.”

Van Dyck’s recently established sister company, Mathe Group is now one of the largest recyclers of post-consumer and post-industrial truck tyres in Southern Africa, something it would never have envisaged creating a few years ago.

“Legacy tyres are an environmental hazard that have blighted the landscape, landfill sites and previously disadvantaged areas in South Africa for many years. The recycled rubber is used to manufacture a patented self-adhesive acoustic underlay at Van Dyck eliminating the need to use wet adhesives.”

The acoustic underlay is now exported to more than 30 countries worldwide and is favoured in cities where there are stringent legislative requirements to reduce noise pollution in high-rise buildings and offices.

The group’s newest business venture uses recycled truck tyres to manufacture outdoor paving mats for driveways and pavements manufactured from recycled rubber.

Zarrebini concluded, “We are moving to a world of scarce resources if we haven’t already done so, in which companies will increasingly need to consider their total return, not just on assets and equity, but on resources and their efficient use.”

Source: <a href=”http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/356/160490.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>BizCommunity</a>

Book and pay as delegate or exhibitor before 31 August 2018 and qualify for the Early Bird Discount of 25%!

Book and pay as delegate or exhibitor before 31 August 2018 and qualify for the Early Bird Discount of 25%!

13 April 2018

The 13th Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference will take place on 13 – 14 November 2018 at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa.

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News from the SAEE Confederation President

SAEE Confederation Newsletter

18 January 2018

THE HEAT IS ON FOR 2018!

On behalf of the SAEE Confederation – welcome to 2018! I hope the festive season was kind to you, that you had a well-deserved rest and that you are approaching 2018 with renewed energy (excuse the pun). 2017 was a challenging year for most; and it was filled with upheaval and unknown variables. Many people told me that they were happy to see the back of it, and, with some of the external changes, they are more optimistic for 2018.

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Call for Papers: 2018 SAEEC Conference

Call for Papers: 2018SAEEC Conference

04 April 2018

The President of the board of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC), Ms. Lisa Reynolds, cordially invites you to submit an abstract for consideration to speak at the 2018 Southern African Energy Efficiency Conference …

The President of the board of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC), Ms. Lisa Reynolds, cordially invites you to submit an abstract for consideration to speak at the 2018 Southern African Energy Efficiency Conference to be held on 13 – 14 November 2018 at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa. All potential speakers’ abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Technical Programme Committee based on this submission.
2018SAEEC Conference Abstracts due May 31, 2018.

ABSTRACTS COVERING THE FOLLOWING POSSIBLE THEMES ARE WELCOME FOR SUBMISSION:

  • Alternative & Renewable Energy
  • CHP / Power Generation
  • End-Use Technologies
  • Energy Management
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy Services
  • Government Energy Management
  • High Performance & Green Buildings
  • Industrial Energy Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Transportation Systems

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SUBMISSION SCHEDULE:

01 March 2018: Abstract applications open
31 May 2018: Closing date
02 July 2018: Notice of abstract acceptance
01 August 2018: First-draft papers submission
03 September 2018: Feedback and recommendations
17 September 2018: Final paper submission
28 September 2018: Letter of acceptance

Abstracts submitted will be selected on the basis of significance, relevance, correctness, originality and clarity by a panel of reviewers.

 

 Abstract submission

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