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Energy Efficient Initiative

The world is now beginning to face up to the challenge of sustainable energy – in other words to alter the way that energy is utilised so that social, environmental and economic aims of sustainable development are supported. In the South African context, this has now become a reality. The current electricity situation will remain for the short to medium term due to the fact that the SA electricity provider, ESKOM, does not have the capacity to provide sufficient electricity to fulfil the needs of the country. However, it is also a reality that the public sector is wasteful when it comes to the consumption of electricity due to the fact that the conservation of electricity has no direct benefits to its core business (reference B). The increased implementation of “load shedding” by ESKOM is now influencing the productivity of this sector and the escalation of the electrical consumer unit prices in the short term will also escalate the SA DOD’s budget for this service in equal percentage.

At first sight there would appear to be an apparent paradox between reducing energy consumption and carrying out the mandate of the DOD. However, in recent years energy efficiency awareness has increased and the DOD has come to recognise it as one of the most effective and least interfering measures to reduce operational costs while meeting the demands of sustainable development.

Therefore, in order to support the government’s goal of sustainable utilisation of natural resources and ESKOM’s initiatives to fulfil the country’s energy demand, the DOD as a national government department endeavours to reduce its energy demand. In this sense, the department has initiated energy efficient measures through the establishment of a departmental project. This project of reduction in demand for electricity will thus contribute to minimising the frequency of electricity rationing and ESKOM’s target of reducing electricity demand by 10% for the immediate future.
In the medium to long term, the DOD also plans to address the matter of energy holistically through effective energy management and energy efficiency initiatives with the inclusion of relevant issues such as alternatives to fossil fuels to reduce the department’s carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint.