The meeting of the Energy Efficiency (EE) Forum that took place on 29 November 2012 in the Old Mutual Auditorium in Pinelands, took the form of a Market Place and an Awards Ceremony.
The aim of the EE Forum Market Place was to provide commercial building owners and managers with practical ‘know-how’ on how to implement energy efficiency improvements in their buildings and importantly where to source energy efficiency-related products and service providers to help them achieve their targets. It enabled credible suppliers of energy efficiency goods and services to showcase their products.
The EE Forum has been active for three years and has hosted nine successful events. During this time, many individuals have gone to great lengths to improve the energy efficiency of their commercial buildings and operations.
In recognition of this effort, the EE Forum partners introduced the first Energy Efficiency Forum Awards, judged by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre. Two winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony today: Vunani Properties and the V & A Waterfront.
“The Energy Efficiency Forum Market Place helps commercial buildings to address their impact on the environment and maximise the potential of energy savings. The City of Cape Town is proud that businesses across Cape Town support a competitive and efficient business environment and are helping to build a responsible and sustainable energy sector in our city. I would like to thank businesses for their enthusiastic participation and offer my congratulations to the winners of the Awards,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Alderman Belinda Walker.
Background on the EE Forum
In view of rising electricity tariffs and the medium-term shortage of South Africa’s electricity supply, energy efficiency has become increasingly important to property owners. Commercial buildings use about 16% of the electricity supply in the Cape Town area and they are an important sector to target in terms of energy saving.
To assist commercial building owners, a public-private partnership was formed by the City of Cape Town, Eskom and the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), who have collaborated to form an Energy Efficiency Forum for commercial buildings. The Forum is co-funded by Santam and Old Mutual.
For more information and to register through the EE Forum website, please go to: www.capetown.gov.za/EnergyEfficiencyForum
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