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Earth Hour: Re-think sustainable business designs and operations

Earth Hour | Saturday,24 March 2018 | 8:30pm and 9:30pm

Earth Hour, WWF’s landmark movement, is set to once again unite millions of people around the world to show their commitment to the planet on 24 March 2018.

As our one shared home faces the dual challenge of climate change and plummeting biodiversity, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment aims to mobilise individuals, businesses and governments to be a part of the conversation and solutions needed to build a healthy, sustainable future – and planet – for all.

Climate change is one of the strongest manifestations of the interconnected world we live in today, says Malvin Naicker, Eaton’s sales director for Africa, as Earth Hour approaches.

With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, it is projected that by 2050, 67% of the world’s population will consist of urban dwellers.

Re-think sustainable business designs and operations

This urban growth will put tremendous stress on the food supply, water and sanitation infrastructure, and the environment in general. Individuals, organisations, and governments will need to play a big part towards the sustainable environmental management and the implementation of energy efficiency strategies.

From pushing for climate-friendly laws to lighting up homes and lives with solar energy, Earth Hour – a worldwide movement, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and aimed at encouraging a shift in sustainable practices – has empowered millions around the world to make the switch from passive bystanders to active participants in global efforts to fight climate change.

In its 11th year, on 24 March 2018 some of the world’s most iconic buildings, structures and monuments around the world will switch off non-essential appliances, lights and signage between 8:30pm and 9:30pm in support of Earth Hour.

Beyond Earth Hour

Committed to “doing business right”, global power management company, Eaton, has developed sustainable business practices, not only critical to the future of the company, but also for the benefit of future generations.

In meeting the needs of global customers, employees and communities, Eaton continues to efficiently use and conserve global resources, develop energy efficient products, reduce emissions, protect the environment, and volunteer time to help build stronger communities.

This Earth Hour, the power management conglomerate is calling for local businesses, from every sector, to rethink their sustainability designs and transition towards building a climate-safe future with these small changes:

LED Powered Buildings

With more and more buildings coming up in the cities, they are consuming 30 – 40% of the world’s energy. This high consumption of power will require companies to look more into investing in intelligent connected lighting, powered by smart sensors and highly efficient LED lights.

Converting from energy-hungry florescent lights to LED lights will provide energy savings thereby lowering impact on the environment.


In Africa, where millions are still without modern energy services, microgrid technology is increasingly being considered as a solution to address energy poverty.

At Eaton, customers are able to increase energy resilience and sustainability while reducing energy-related costs and minimising losses resulting from downtime due to power outages.

Energy Storage

Today the major sources of renewable energy are wind and solar and while the key argument used against renewables is that they do not produce consistent power like fossil fuels, due to their intermittent nature.

Allowing users to store energy when it’s available and when rates are at their lowest, the use of second-life lithium-ion batteries reduces the need to use additional resources from the planet to produce new batteries. Read more: Blue Planet Prize 2019 opens for hydropower project entries

Take part on 24 March

Whether switching off your lights, lending your voice to educate audiences on the impact of climate change or making a long-term energy conversion for your home or business, our planet needs unprecedented momentum on climate action.

It starts with each of us to adopt long-term energy saving behaviours well beyond “the hour”.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.