During the month of August, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC) is offering free Energy Management Systems (EnMs) and Energy Systems Optimisation (ESO) courses to women.
Women who register this month for energy related training courses taking place between August and December 2015, do so free of charge.
The NCPC, established in 1994, is a national programme of government that promotes the implementation of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) methodologies to assist industry to lower costs through reduced energy, water and materials usage, and waste management.
Wynand van der Merwe, NCPC Skills Development Manager, commented, “Our primary focus is the promotion and implementation of preventative environmental approaches. In an ongoing effort to empower and promote women in energy, we are delighted to make this free training offering to women in South Africa.”
The EnMs training programme presents a methodological, organised approach to managing energy usage, based on the SANS/ISO 50001 standard. It is aimed at individuals who are responsible for developing and implementing energy management systems in companies.
ESO training programmes include individual courses on a number of energy systems including pumps, compressed air, fans, steam and motors. They combine science and theory and cover management processes, case studies, training on appropriate software toolkits and practical sessions.
The programmes are offered across the country at advanced and expert level, and have been attended by more than 2 000 consultants and company representatives since 2010.
The NCPC-SA is a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).