South African Leaders in Energy Management Receive New Global Award
Organizations certified to ISO 50 001 standard to elevate South Africa’s profile in clean energy
South Africa’s Aberdare Cables, in Port Elizabeth and Saint-Gobain Construction Products Gyproc, in Cape Town, is among 32 companies worldwide to receive an Energy Management Insight Award from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), a high-level global forum promoting policies and programs to advance clean energy in partnership in association with the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE). These businesses are being recognized for helping to build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems in industrial and commercial facilities.
“While we are working to continuously improve our countries energy performance and sustainability, we know it will require a global effort to slow the pace of climate change,” said Karel Steyn, President of the SAEE. “That is why we are particularly proud of Aberdare Cables in PE and Saint-Gobain Construction Gyproc in Cape Town for demonstrating leadership and sharing insights on the economic and environmental benefits of certification to ISO 50 001, the international energy management system standard.”
To qualify for these awards, one or more industrial or commercial facilities within each company set up an energy management system and certified it to the global ISO 50 001 standard; the company or facility then summarised the process and resulting benefits, then submitted the case study to the contest. An independent panel of international experts selected the winners.
The ISO 50 001 standard is a framework to help companies manage and continually improve their energy performance and realise cost and emission reductions. Regardless of a company’s size or sector, this framework helps achieve energy and cost savings year after year. ISO 50 001 is a product of international collaboration, drawing on best practices from over 50 countries and demonstrating impressive savings among the 12 000 early adopters. The standard is proven to be business-friendly, globally relevant, and transformational, as it embeds best practices into any organization and provides a global benchmark for climate and clean energy action.
The Energy Management Leadership Awards program is the latest in a series of high-impact activities organised by the CEM Energy Management Working Group (EMWG
) in conjunction with the South African government and the SAEE. Through the EMWG, government officials worldwide share best practices and leverage their collective expertise to accelerate the use of EnMS in industry and commercial buildings. Governments participating in the EMWG include Australia, Canada, Chile, China, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.