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Energy solutions for the industrial food processing cluster

Investing in the future - Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ)


Climate- and environmentally-friendly production standards and competitive generation of electrical energy will have positive impacts on the creation of new jobs, as well as on the preservation and quality of existing jobs. Thus, the South African-German initiative Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ) aims to improve the conditions for the supply of adequately skilled personnel and energy efficient technologies. Appropriate skills and technology solutions are both critical success factors for the establishment of a green economy.
However, due to insufficient cooperation and capacity constraints of both public and private key players, implementation power for green economy interventions is currently limited. The S4GJ initiative therefore provides support measures for public and private key players to develop and improve coordination mechanisms for such interventions. This is carried out in a practical, visible and replicable manner through experiential learning projects (ELP), which use applied technology transfers for energy efficiency advancements in industrial sectors, for example by reducing the energy demand of a milk processing plant.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Diesel Dual Fuel (DDF) Technology

Rationale and problem statement:

The South African government has approved measures to promote energy saving, reduce the negative impact of energy use on the environment and to reduce energy costs to the economy. The national vision is to optimise energy sector development through efficient utilisation, production and consumption of energy resources. The manufacturing and processing industry in South Africa is the principal user of coal-generated electrical energy and natural gas. Due to substantially increased electricity tariffs and a demand on the national grid that is often greater than available supply, load shedding forces industry to invest in diesel powered generators to cope with blackout periods. Thus, technological innovations addressing energy efficiency in manufacturing and processing offer opportunities to successfully deal with these challenges. Furthermore, experience shows that innovative and ecologically and socially responsible companies are much more competitive than their competitors and the slogan “Protect our climate – reduce your costs!” highlights the compatibility of industrial energy efficiency, economic competitiveness and climate protection.

For further Information contact:
GIZ | Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ)
Email:    S4GJ@giz.de
T:    +27 (0)12 423 5980

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