Recognising professionals in the energy industry

The adoption and application of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) professionals methodology and tools by South African industry to achieve efficiency, competitiveness and transformation to a low carbon and climate resilient economy has increased exponentially over recent years. Encouraged and enforced by legislative developments, South African industry is expected to prioritise their commitment to RECP. These developments necessitates the establishment of a Peer Recognition Association that could eventually become a Professional Body for RECP Practitioners.

RECP encompass a wide range of scientific and engineering fields covering all of the basic sciences and engineering with many of their applied derivatives.

The mission of this RECP Professional Association is to establish, direct, sustain and ensure a high level of professionalism and ethical conscience amongst RECP professionals. The professional standards, to be recommended by this Association for its recognised members/practitioners, should be internationally acceptable and in the broad interest of the community and economic sectors they serve. The Association will develop a Code of Conduct through a consultative and democratic process, agreed to by a representative group of professional peers and applied to members.

The aim of the RECP Association is to become the Professional Body for RECP practitioners by creating the capacity to execute the following responsibilities:

  • Promote best practice of scientists and engineers who are practicing across multiple disciplines relating to RECP and Environmentally Sustainable economic practices in South Africa.
  • Ensure and administer the voluntary registration of RECP practitioners.
  • Develop and administer standards of practice, as well as a code of conduct for RECP professionals.
  • Identify and outline different categories of RECP practitioners, recommend education and training requirements for each and develop a career path for RECP practitioners.
  • Recommend and develop proposed professional designations for RECP practitioners.
  • Establish a recommended framework for continuous professional development of RECP practitioners.
  • Protect the interests of qualified RECP practitioners, industry, as well as the public by building trust in the integrity of members.

Operating Principles

The RECP Peer Recognition Association will operate as a voluntary association, governed by elected members from the recognised RECP Professional fraternity and establish itself as a Non-Profit Organisation. The Association will be governed according to the Non-Profit Organisation Act (Act 71 of 1997), the Companies Act (Act 71 of 2008) and the King IV Code.

It is intended to represent the interests of all RECP Professionals and will apply for registration by SAQA as the Professional Body for RECP related professions, as soon as it is sufficiently capacitated.

It will guard and promote the integrity of RECP practitioners and protect the consumers of RECP skills against harmful or unethical practices by individuals who are not qualified to perform the responsibilities associated with or expected from recognised RECP professionals.

The National Cleaner Production Centre – South Africa (NCPC-SA) will provide leadership support as well as administrative, logistical and human resources during the first two years of the process, or until the RECP Peer Recognition Association can function autonomously.

Milestones

The process has been unfolding as follow, and will continue to do so:

 

Membership

Membership is voluntary and should be promoted amongst all individuals that are building a career by contributing to climate change mitigation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, waste management, environmental sustainable economic practices or a zero carbon economy.

Eligibility of members should be defined in an inclusive manner and the entry requirements must embrace a broad range of skills, experience and levels of education.

The question around membership fees will be decided as soon as possible, but is not intended to be exhaustive at onset.

Support Structure

Participation and activities of members in support of the Peer Recognition Association is expected to be voluntary and no remuneration is offered for the time being. This may change at the discretion of the organisation at a later stage of its existence.

The NCPC-SA is mandated to offer administrative, logistical and manpower support to facilitate the establishment and efficient functioning of the Peer Recognition Association during its inaugural phases.

Governance

The Association will be governed by a Board of Directors, elected from amongst registered members, with proficiency in and representing the professional interests of the following identified focus areas, e.g. Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Carbon Management, Water Efficiency, Waste Management, Green Chemistry, Life Cycle Management, Environmental Sustainability Management and Measurement & Verification (M&V). Directors must have proven expertise and substantial experience in one or more of these focus areas. The number of Directors, as well as roles and responsibilities of elected officials will be determined by the constitution, once it has been circulated and approved by members.

A Management Committee will manage the Association’s day-to-day operations and decision-making and will act as the medium of communication and co-ordination between the Members and the Board.

During its inaugural stages, until it is no longer required, the NCPC-SA will continue to provide support. In return, it will be expected that the NCPC-SA has a seat on the Board for as long as its support remains necessary for the effective functioning of the Association.

Revenue and Budget

Amongst one of the first issues to be addressed, will be the potential for revenue generation and the finalisation of an operating budget.

Attended the 2019SAEEC and listen to Wynand talk about the progress made at that time with regards to establishing the Professional Body for our industry in the EWSETA Breakaway room Book to attend here

SAEEC welcomes its new Secretary General

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Thieda Ferreira as the new Secretary General of the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) with effect from 1 October 2019.

Thieda brings with her valuable experience of the energy industry and has exceptional systems and organisational skills. Thieda will put SAEEC on track to achieve its mission to disseminate information to its members in the region through the various activities that have been ongoing in the SAEEC.

Out with the old, in with the new – the future of energy management

SAEEC always endeavors to keep all our members up to date with knowledge sharing, in today’s newsletter we tap into the future of energy management with Bryan Majola.

In 2012 when I started my career in energy efficiency, I had no idea what artificial intelligence entailed. In 2014, I then learnt that it can be applicable in energy management, yet I still didn’t understand what is was exactly. More than anything I thought it was some super hi-tech stuff that only I.T professionals understood and with my mechanical engineering, sales experience and newly acquired energy efficiency background it seemed very out of reach for me. All the articles I read online only spoke about companies in China, Germany and San Francisco. All the case studies and use cases were from these countries as well.

Artificial Intelligence is intelligence displayed by machines, the term ‘artificial intelligence’ is applied when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving”.

Let’s fast forward to 2019, where we now encounter artificial intelligence at least once every 24 hours depending where we live and how we interact with technology. Wherever you hear about artificial intelligence, you usually also hear IoT. What is IoT or the ‘Internet of Things’ and why are the world’s leading energy management experts so excited about it?

According to Wikipedia, the “internet of things” is an idea of computer science, where connecting ordinary things like lights, doors, motors or even a substation to a computer network can make these objects more “intelligent”. These things are connected via an embedded system or computer to a network or the internet.

When energy management experts combine artificial intelligence with IoT they are able to create energy management systems or robots, commonly known as ‘Bots’. This is the future of energy management. These systems have the ability to analyse, manage and control energy consumption without human interference, which is known as unsupervised machine learning. I know someof you are thinking “Oh, like Scada. This is nothing new to us.”

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that Scada can be used to manage, analyse and control energy consumption of the factory or building. Whereas Scada is for controlling production, it has limited hardware, zero energy analysis tools, limited data storage, a very complex setup and is based on the premises. As opposed to Energy Management Bots that are designed to track and analyse energy consumption on the cloud or on premises, are simple to setup, store large amounts of data, and are hardware neutral thanks to REST and SOAP standardisation protocols.

“Well, Bryan, if these Bots are not like Scada, then they are like building automation”. Building automation is designed on the thought that operations will be the same every day. It is pre-set and requires human interference to change it if production or operations change. Existing BMS or Building Automation is configured to turn on the air conditioning at 8am and turn it off at 7pm.

Whereas an energy management bot will know todays expected weather or ambient temperature andmonitor it throughout the day in real time as it changes using the internet and IoT sensors on premise. This allows the Bots artificial intelligence to optimise the air conditioners operations though out the day while maintaining cooling, warming and energy savings.

These Bots can be applied to various parts of energy management in factories, buildings and even the utility grid infrastructure which gave birth to the concept of smart grids, smart buildings and smart factories, under the Industry 4.0 banner.

If the information you’ve found this newsletter has left you wanting more, sign up to attend this year’s SAEEC conference, where more technology will be unpacked by local experts with local case studies (https://confsa.eventsair.com/saeec-2019/register/Site/Register)

AEE Travel Fund for LEDET alumni to attend WEC in the USA

Kemmone Mochai, learner of the Limpopo Economic Development Environment and Tourism Department’s (LEDET) Energy Skills Internship Programme,received Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)Travel Fund to attend the World Energy Engineering Convention in Washington DC, during September 2019.Kemmone joined the LEDET Energy Skills Internship Programmein 2017, managed by the Energy Training Foundation,and embarked on a journey that changed his lifewiththe energy industry gaininghis much needed scares skills. Kemmone graduated from Tshwane University of Technology with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineeringafter which he joined the LEDET programmewhere he was trained in the basics of energy management and energy auditing, went through practical training and a year’s work experience under leadership ofmentors Certified with the AEE. After the advanced training towards the internationally accredited Certified Energy Manager (CEM),as well as examination preparation, Kemmone managed to pass the tough examination within the required 4 hours completing 130 questions and attained the passmark of over 70%.Kemmone has been Certified as an Energy Manager In-Training (EMIT) by the AEE, whilst he is still working on gaining sufficient experience to become fully certified as a CEMas his current place of employment in the position of Junior Facilities Manager with Redefine Properties.Twenty Limpopo born youths were on-boarded onto the LEDET Energy Skills Internship Programmefor a year and were all placed at AEE Certified professionals in industry whom served as mentors. Kemmone was placed with BBEnergy where he was exposed to several mines, working underground to maintain and replace equipment to more effective equipment finding innovating ways to assist with efficiency. Thereafter Kemmone joined Bidvest Facilities Managementwhere he was part of a team that identified significant energy savings for buildings managed by Bidvest, completed 12 energy efficiency projects including working with ISO5001, ISO45001, ISO14001, ISO9001andISO8995-1

Carbon Tax : The next steps – practical implementation and mitigation actions

By Zadok, Olinga

SAEEC Board Member

Carbon tax came into effect on 1 June 2019 in South Africa as part of the desire of government to reduce carbon emissions and live up to its promises and commitments on climate change. Phase 1 of the tax sees carbon emissions taxed at a rate of R120/tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), and with the various allowances considered, the effective tax rate is between R6 – R48/tonne of CO2e. The initial rate will increase annually by CPI +2% until 31 December 2022 and by the CPI from 1 January 2023 onwards.

The price for greenhouse gas emissions seems set and companies have to adopt to the reality of additional operating cost, more reporting requirements and complying with carbon tax. However, the deputy director-general at National Treasury, Ismail Momoniat, speaking at seminar on 16 July 2019 indicated that the current carbon tax “…is pretty weak”, primary symbolic and designed to primarily change behavior.  Industry seems opposed to the implementation of carbon tax but all factors indicate that carbon tax is a new reality that is here to stay. Therefore, companies have to prepare for it and consider mitigating actions to ensure that carbon tax does not pose an undue burden to their operations.

The South African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC ) is committed to assisting companies and the wider public in South Africa with the transition to a greener future. Thus far, it has carried out workshops on carbon tax, Measurement and Verification (M&V), and further workshops are planned starting in August 2019 as a follow up to the previous two workshops. Of particular focus will be the practical aspects of carbon tax reporting and compliance, and possible mitigating actions to reduce the carbon tax burden for companies eligible to pay the tax.

Among the possible mitigating actions that will be addressed is energy efficiency. In their working paper on Energy Efficiency Networks, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) state that “energy efficiency is a crucial pillar of the global energy transition…” and go on state that “Energy efficiency will need to contribute about 50% in energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions for the world to be on track for the 2°C trajectory set out by the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015.” The SAEEC shares the above sentiment and will present speakers at its next workshop who will outline how energy efficiency fits into carbon tax mitigation in South Africa. Furthermore, government through the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, announced that the section 12L tax incentive for energy efficiency will be extended by three years to align with the end of phase 1 of carbon tax. This further indicates how central energy efficiency will be to carbon tax and emissions reduction.

Other possible mitigation schemes that will be addressed include carbon neutralization, carbon sequestration, the use of carbon offsets, and the generation of carbon offsets by entities that are not eligible to pay carbon tax. As the SAEEC we welcome participation from all sectors of industry and look forward to meeting you at our next workshop towards early September 2019.