first_imgFeatured image: Stock Energy collaboration Finance and Policy Mali furtherstated that the current electricity crisis calls for the energy sector to refocusattention on the need to be more sustainable and more efficient. Accordingto him, it helps people be aware of what they are doing and identifyopportunities to improve efficiencies and reduce waste. Sustainable energy BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “Creatingawareness at every level of society is a priority, about not only electricityand energy, but also about water and waste too – everything is integrated andresources are limited. Companies of varying sizes can also look at adoptingpolicies such as ISO 50001, which supports organisations in all sectors to useenergy more efficiently through the development of an energy management system.” UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development “Howeverit is not just conservation that must concern us but also innovation in theenergy business to create opportunities in a number of areas, includingbusiness development, job creation, improved energy efficiency and more,” notedDr Thembakazi Mali, interim CEO, South African National Energy DevelopmentInstitute (SANEDI). “Lookingahead, the ideal energy solution for the African continent is a combination ofenergy carriers. Gas must play a role, as must solar and wind, which we have inabundance in different areas in South Africa. We believe all three are the wayforward for the continent and will avoid a situation where all energy eggs arein a single basket. In conclusion, he said: “This month should mark the start of a year long effort to conserve energy at home, in the business and at a national level. We encourage all South Africans to make Energy Month become an Energy Year.”center_img “Events,such as the African Utility Week to beheld in Cape Town from the 14thto the 16th of May 2019, which has been bringing industrystakeholders together for many years, encourages learning from each other.There has been a definite growth in the collaborative attitude towardsimproving energy efficiency among many African countries, with a number ofinitiatives being established, such as the Southern African Centre forRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREE), in Namibia. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Maliunderlined that there is a great value to be gained in energy collaborationacross Africa, as the energy challenges that South Africa is facing are notunique in the African context. “These growth points notwithstanding, more focus needs to be given to R&D in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, which has experienced an unfortunate reduction in funding in recent years, because there has just been an overwhelming number of other pressing social areas demanding R&D spend. Some South African universities and TVET colleges are recognising this need for sustainable energy R&D and are trying to do more with limited funds.” As May marks National Energy Month in South Africa, the government uses this time to urge all citizens to conserve energy. Generation “There are huge opportunities for digitalisation and other disruptive technologies in the renewable energy sector, increasing installations, creating demand for new jobs and uplifting the local economy. If we take the whole sustainable energy drive seriously and incorporate Industry 4.0 technologies and upskill people, we will stimulate growth of a completely new industry and all that it represents,” urged Mali. TAGSAfrican Utility Week and POWERGEN AfricaIndustry 4.0ISO STANDARDSSANEDISouth Africa Previous articlePlatform launched for solar professionals in AfricaNext articleKenGen: Geothermal division seeks connection of makeup wells Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. The interim CEO also highlighted that corporates and small business need to take responsibility to affect change in sustainable energy. The SANEDIofficial further noted: “There has been a dramatic increase in the use ofrooftop PV installations in buildings of all types – shopping malls, offices,municipalities, hotels and homes – and its incorporation into new buildingdesigns, which is very positive. There has also been an encouraging swingtowards thermal passive design, where the orientation of the building, andfeatures such as insulation, location, layout, window size and placement, andshading, are all taken into account at the design stage of the building, toreduce dependence on the national grid.last_img