The Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency has announced the winners of its annual awards at its 2014 convention.

 

oyota was named Energy Company of the Year for its outstanding holistic energy-saving approach completed by a dedicated energy-saving team. The company received this award at the 9th annual Southern African Energy-Efficiency Convention (SAEEC), which was held on 12 and 13 November 2014 at Emperors Palace, Gauteng.

Annually, the Southern African Association for Energy-Efficiency (SAEE) honours outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the energy industry.

The Energy Project of the Year award went to Tronox Namakwa Sands, who, for the first half of 2014, exported a total of 29,2GWh into the Tronox Namakwa Sands smelter grid, with production output from the cogeneration plant for the full year expected to exceed 70GWh.

Woolworths walked away with the 2014 Energy Excellence Award for saving R270m over the past four years after installing energy-saving measures in its stores and reducing carbon emissions.

Dr Marco Lotz of Nedbank was given the Energy Patron of the Year award for his specialist carbon sustainability work through Nedbank and his groundbreaking contributions over the years.

The title of Energy Newcomer of the Year was awarded to Ensight Energy Solutions for the company’s unique and unprecedented approach to energy-efficiency, which is delivering substantial energy cost savings for its clients through the Energy Leadership Programme.

Karel Steyn, SAEE president, also announced the forming of the new Measurement & Verification Council, led by Gerswynn Mckuur, the launch of Females in Energy-Efficiency (FEE), to be led by SAEE board member, Lisa Reynolds, and the moving of the Energy-Saving Companies Association into the SAEE network.

The 2014 convention had the theme of “Saving the world through energy saving”, and delegates from around the country gathered for two days of networking and sharing knowledge. Apart from the 84 speakers, 36 exhibition stands displayed the latest technologies, training and energy-efficient solutions available in South Africa, with the Department of Energy voted the best double stand and Elctro Mechanica winning the award for best single stand.

For more on the SAEE and the convention, please go to www.saee.org.za.