Empowering greener industry

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Empowering greener industry

From September 14 to 15, 2017, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is hosting its biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference at Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town in its on-going effort towards industrial and commercial sectors becoming cleaner, greener and more resource efficient.

In keeping with its theme, ‘Transitioning industry to a low carbon economy’, the conference offers workshops, presentations and panel discussions on a range of resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) methodologies. Delegates can expect information about better use of energy, water, materials and waste, as well as legislation and policy that may affect their operations. Successful case studies will also form an integral part of the two-day programme.

 The NCPC-SA, a national programme funded by the dti and hosted at the CSIR, supports industrial companies to reduce their environmental impact through RECP. ‘The conference is an opportunity to expose companies to government policy and support programmes, new research and methodologies, the successes and lessons of other companies, and the opportunities for skills development in the green economy,’ explains Julie Wells, marketing and communications manager at NCPC-SA. Both days include a non-commercial exhibition, allowing delegates to interact with government and industry programmes that may be of assistance.

The programme is structured to allow delegates to move between themed tracks and addresses an array of relevant topics. On Thursday, September 14, the focus is on areas needed to create resilient companies and sectors. Presentations offer practical solutions for companies wishing to transition to a cleaner, more sustainable and environmentally-conscious organisation. Topics include energy efficiency, water efficiency, industrial symbiosis, waste management, green productivity, localisation and clean technology. A session on NCPC-SA’s tools and programmes introduces RECP and provides guidance on the first steps and subsidised services to begin a low carbon journey.

On Friday, September 15, the conference delves a little deeper into creating a competitive advantage through RECP. Sessions address ‘next step’ topics such as renewable energy, sustainability reporting, green funding, sustainable value chains, and the professionalization of the RECP sector. The day’s highlight is tracking Life Cycle Thinking, which addresses the concept of ecoinnovation – measuring the carbon and water footprint of a product along the entire value chain.

Conference partners include the dti, the Departments of Trade and Industry and the Environment, the CSIR, Proudly South African, Productivity South Africa, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Environment, the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme, the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit, and the Global Reporting Initiative.

The two-day event is expected to draw 400 delegates from industry, business and government, and is offered at no cost to delegates. However, registration is essential at www.ncpc.co.za/conference.

National Cleaner production Centre South Africa

T          +27 012 841 3772

T          +27 021 658 2776

E          ncpc@csir.co.za

W         www.ncpc.co.za

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

This article was featured on page 26 of SABI Magazine Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 .

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