It is no secret that global energy demand is increasing every day and this phenomenon will continue perpetually into the future unless some intervention is implemented. The challenge with the ever-growing demand for energy particularly in South Africa, is that the base-load is mainly supplied through coal-based Eskom power stations with inherent risks such as, depleting coal resources, ending lifespan, and greenhouse gases damaging the environment. Figure 1 shows the energy demand projected increase up to year 2030, which is a good baseline against which we can benchmark the capacity of currently installed ailing infrastructure. It is evident that there is a need to curb this demand energy growth through environmentally friendly measures such as energy efficiency to ascertain a better world for future generations.
Energy Efficiency is indeed the quickest, cheapest and most effective method to curb electricity consumption. Kurumeng has requisite skills and experience to service the needs of all sectoral clients, i.e., industrial, commercial, residential and agriculture. This includes providing technical and financial support to providers on energy efficiency solutions. Kurumeng offers services including but not limited to energy audits, business proposal development, execution of energy efficient installations, and performance monitoring through measurement and verification protocols.
Figure 2 shows potential energy savings and potential carbon reductions per sector as researched by SA Cities Network (http://www.sacities.net/), an established network of South African cities and partners that encourage exchange of information, experience, and best practices on urban development and city management. This emphasises opportunities, importance and need for energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures around the country, where Kurumeng can be a pivotal implementation partner. The graph shows that the sector with the largest potential impact for energy savings and carbon reduction is water supply & wastewater treatment. This could well explain the prevailing water crisis in Cape Town, the discussion of which is explored in the Water Conservation section.
A long-standing rule of thumb among energy efficiency professionals is that R1 investment in energy efficiency yields R3 in savings back to the economy (IEA, 2017). As the African continent dashes towards the future, communities, businesses, and governments could do with such a return on investment. However, the implementation of energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures at times can be derailed by poor business proposals informed by limited technical information and worsened by inexperienced service providers, thereby discouraging valuable clients. Kurumeng deals with this problem through allocation of adequate time towards detailed assessments, measurements, and evaluation of alternative scenarios. Furthermore, emphasis is not put on specific technology brands/products during the business proposal development stage but rather on viable solutions that best meet unique circumstances of all clients. Kurumeng can assist clients take advantage of governmental support such as the following:
- Regulations in terms of section 12L of the Income Tax Act, 1962, on the allowance for energy efficiency savings, to promote the efficient utilisation of energy to safeguard the continued supply of energy and to combat the adverse effects of greenhouse gas emissions related to fossil fuel-based energy use on climate change.
- Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) to encourage private sector tourism enterprises to move towards cleaner and renewable energy sources.