The energy department, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the National Business Initiative (NBI) have signed an Energy Efficiency Leadership Network Pledge, demonstrating a commitment to improve energy efficiency in South Africa.
Broadly, the signatories pledged to develop a road map for improved energy efficiency, develop appropriate internal energy efficiency targets, report on efforts and progress made to promote energy efficiency, work with stakeholders on energy efficiency related issues to build capacity and develop the required skills to implement energy efficiency programmes and drive the required behavioural changes.
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the pledge strengthened the relationship that started more than five years ago between business and the government.
“This agreement is an ace and it could become aces because it can become a social responsibility and an initiative to help our people in South Africa.”
NBI chief executive Joanne Yawitch said that South African business was serious about climate change.
“And South African business is doing something about it. We see energy efficiency as a holistic and sustainable approach. By signing this Energy Efficiency Pledge, business is standing together with government to help cement that intent and make this a reality.”
South African business faces a number of significant challenges in the energy sector including increasing energy prices, reduced energy security and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The importance and value of energy efficiency is being recognised as a key tool in transforming the country’s energy economy.
Government has confirmed this by highlighting its role in key processes including the development of a National Climate Change Response Strategy, the Integrated Resource Plan, the Industrial Policy Action Plan and the review of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy. — I-Net Bridge