Gas a game changer for SA: Eskom CEO

Sapa | 14 May, 2013 | Times LIVE

Gas can be a “game-changer” for South Africa in the power sector, Eskom CEO Brian Dames said on Tuesday.

He said Eskom was particularly aware of the deficit in access to electricity, and that there was a growing role for gas in the country and in the sub-Saharan region.

“It is a lot less carbon intensive than fossil fuels, and some of the cleanest fossil fuel,” he told delegates at the African Utility Week conference in Cape Town. Continue reading

Green low-cost housing offers jobs, savings

Business Report 6 August 2012.

South Africa’s first “Green Street” upgrade project in a low-income area in Cato Manor in Durban has highlighted the significant cost savings and job creation benefits that could be achieved if the 3 million low-cost houses built since 1994 were retrofitted.

The findings of a case study of the project, led by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA), show significant potential policy implications for the government, which plans to build a further 3 million low-cost houses by 2025.

Sarah Rushmere, the head of advocacy and special projects for the GBCSA, said three key interventions stood out from the study and it would be cheaper to retrofit the existing low-cost housing with insulated ceilings, low-energy compact fluorescent lighting bulbs and heat-insulation cookers than building the next power station in the country…

Green retrofit showcases energy savings, lifestyle benefits

Engineering News 30 July 2012.

A case study into a recent retrofit of 30 low-cost houses in Cato Manor, in KwaZulu-Natal, shows that material energy and water savings can be made through the use of green-building techniques, such as solar geysers, ceiling insulation and rainwater harvesting.

The study followed on from a R1.2-million project undertaken by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and funded by the British High Commission in the run-up to the recent seventeenth Conference of the Parties climate negotiations, held in Durban.

The installation of solar water heaters proved to be the most popular of the interventions made, as it provided convenient warm water to residents that previously used stoves, kettles and burners to heat their water.

Other solutions deployed included efficient compact fluorescent lighting, ceiling insulation and a rainwater harvesting system that had to be specially designed for houses that had been built without gutters…

Philips launches energy efficient lighting company

Engineering News 9 March 2012.

Philips on Thursday launched a new company offering total project solutions in switching to energy efficient lighting solutions for public- and private-sector buildings and businesses…

Industry lags households in saving power, Eskom shows

Engineering News 21 June 2011.

Statistics produced by Eskom’s Demand Side Management (DSM) programme show that industry in South Africa is significantly lagging the residential sector in terms of electricity savings achieved to date…

Standard Bank to launch efficient lighting CDM programme

Engineering News 6 June 2011.

Standard Bank will kick off an energy efficient lighting programme aimed at replacing the estimated 40-million inefficient lamps in office buildings across South Africa, by early 2012.

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project would benefit the South African economy through the creation of new jobs, improved energy efficiency and international inflows from carbon credits, Standard Bank carbon sales and trading head Geoff Sinclair said on Monday…

Eskom inks emission credits purchase deal with BNP Paribas

Engineering News 16 September 2010.

Power utility Eskom has signed its first emission credits purchase agreement (ECPA) with European bank BNP Paribas for the greenhouse gas emission reductions realised through Eskom’s compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) roll-out programme…