Growth and Development
The SAEEC shares the position that only effort made in development towards the right direction can lead to progress. The confederation is therefore designed such that we link our members to development initiatives that are aligned to international best practices. These range from seminars, training, lectures, site visits, discussions, regulatory updates and our annual conference where we showcase projects that are leading the way for sustainable development that are arranged either through ourselves or our various interest groups and associations.
The SAEEC is also aligned to international best practice through our affiliation with Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a non-profit global authority established in 1977 to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development in the field of energy efficiency. We are a proud chapter of the AEE and this integrates our members to a professional society of over 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. The international certifications can be accessed through our local partner, the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) who also offer a variety of courses in efficiency available to all interested parties.
This growth however is not just limited to just energy efficiency as the SAEEC recognizes the link between water and energy in the context of Southern Africa and the world as we collectively face significant challenges because of climate change effects. The links to development initiatives related to water efficiency is also promoted within the SAEEC and can be accessed through our various communities, partners and showcased at our annual conference.
Engaging through the SAEEC allows access to an extensive array of people and businesses who are passionate about our planet, energy and efficiency. These people and businesses are what makes up the SAEEC and we are just as passionate about them. We’ve therefore created specific communities within the SAEEC that are either in the form of an association or an interest groups. Our current associations are the Measurement and Verification Council for South Africa (MVCSA), the Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) and the Thermal and Insulation Products of South Africa (TIPSASA) with the South African Females in Energy Efficiency (SAFEE) operating as an interest group. These communities were created to foster the need of a forum that promotes networking, knowledge sharing as well as advancing that specific area that can unlock the improved efficiency in the energy industry. In these communities’ discussions on projects, technology trends and regulatory updates are facilitated to the members and relationships can be formed amongst people of similar backgrounds and interest. These relationships are can be used to further business development or expand an individual’s area of influence in the industry learning about projects from others as well as lessons learnt.
These people, corporates and projects that have succeeded in the industry have a profound effect in the industry if the effort is duplicated creating a combined impact becomes truly significant. It is for this very reason that the SAEEC seeks to recognize efforts made by individuals, corporates and educators both in Southern Africa and the world. Our annual awards ceremony recognizes best practice, innovation and leadership in the industry so that this would be a source of inspiration to others and promote good work within Southern Africa. The individuals, corporates and projects shortlisted would then be supported by the association and submitted to the AEE for a chance to influence the industry on the world stage.
Our international affiliation is also with linked with the Clean Energy Ministerial. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Energy Management Leadership Awards showcase leading organizations using the ISO 50001 global energy management system standard. Top winners are honored at the annual Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, a high-profile event that gathers clean energy leaders and partners from around the world, including energy ministers from the 24 governments active in CEM. This awards program and association with the CEM shares successes, best practices, and benefits achieved to inspire others towards continuous improvement in energy efficiency.