In December 2010, the UN General Assembly declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy Access for All. Government has thus emphasised the importance of increasing access to energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Eskom has embarked on a massive capacity expansion programme to meet South Africa’s increasing energy needs.
Energy is at the core of any manufacturing process, and reducing the energy intensity of our operations is a critical element of our response to climate change. In addition, as South Africa finds itself in a period of energy shortage, smart energy management is now a matter of strategic importance.
Tiger Brands has identified the risks associated with climate change with the greatest potential to impact the company and have consolidated these into the company top risks for mitigation and action as part of the internal risk processes. Among these climate change-linked risks are the availability of water, an essential input both for the agricultural sector upon which we rely, as well as in our manufacturing operations. The agriculture team has conducted a climate change impact exercise to understand how the reduced precipitation levels will affect the farming industry. With this information, Tiger Brands has identified and sourced alternative suppliers, reviewed the production requirements and also purchased increased volumes where possible.
Tiger Brands has enrolled engineering managers, site services (utilities) managers and technical/artisan employees in national cleaner production training offered by CSIR, which is funded by UNIDO. This includes courses on energy management systems, and system optimisation for fans, compressed air and steam systems. Attendees have now launched focused optimisation projects at their individual business units.
In addition, we participate in the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) programme aimed at introducing cleaner production processes through partnerships, advocacy, technology transfers, tools and capacity-building.
How can you help to save electricity in your everyday life?
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
- Don’t fill the kettle – only boil the water that you need.
- Keep the fridge door closed, and make sure it is properly sealed.
- Don’t cook with a small pot on a large stove plate.
- Dress for the season – warm in winter and light clothing in summer.
- Switch off all appliances when they are not in use.
- Reduce your heater or geyser temperature from hot to warm.
- Close all windows and doors when the air conditioner or heater is on.
- Use CFL energy saving bulbs at all times.
- Fit one light bulb with the correct level of brightness in a room.
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
- Do all ironing at the same time.
Let us know what else you are doing to save energy on a daily basis!