Cape Town’s Energy Efficiency Forum for Commercial Buildings is delighted to announce the award winners for 2013. There were three categories: Single Buildings, Head Offices with Franchises and New Buildings. At an event held on Monday 25 November 2013, attended by over 150 guests, the following companies were Energy Efficiency Forum (EE Forum) Award Winners:
- Single Building Category: Cavendish Shopping Centre
- Head Offices and Franchises Category: Woolworths
- New Buildings Category: Hotel Verde
Three companies were highly commended for their commitment to improved energy efficiency:
- Head Offices: Truworths
- Single Buildings: Sanlam
- Single Buildings: Washtub Laundry Services
The 2013 Energy Efficiency Award applications were judged by the Energy Research Centre’s (ERC) Monitoring and Verification Unit, based at the University of Cape Town. The judges selected those companies who were assessed to be leaders in implementing significant energy efficiency interventions, in terms of technologies and in behavioural change. Both large and small concerns were encouraged to apply.
Motivating businesses to reduce energy consumption
‘To recognise the leadership evident among EE Forum members and to encourage and motivate businesses to continue reducing their energy consumption, the City and our valued partners Eskom and the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) would like to congratulate the achievers in taking the required actions to reduce their electricity consumption. A city that pays attention to its energy consumption is a non-negotiable requirement for efficiency and future sustainability,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Garreth Bloor.
Companies were judged on their unwavering commitment to more innovative solutions for their operational energy needs. They had to show that they were reflective about their own systems, policies and developments and that they were dynamic enough to change the way they operated to maximise energy efficiency without compromising productivity.
The company’s personnel had to demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that they carry through efforts to implement energy efficiency measures through behavioural change. Cape Town’s EE Forum has been helping businesses to lower costs and increase their competitive potential since it was launched in 2009 by the City of Cape Town in partnership with Eskom and SAPOA. The Forum is also supported by Old Mutual.
Throughout this period, many companies have gone to great lengths to improve the energy efficiency of their commercial buildings and operations, helping to reduce the possibility of power outages and lowering Cape Town’s carbon footprint. In recognition of this leadership and to motivate the continued reduction in energy consumption, the Forum partners created the Energy Efficiency Forum Awards, which were introduced in 2012.
- For more information please visit: www.capetown.gov.za/EnergyEfficiencyForum