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Acting deputy director-general: clean energy, Mokgadi Modise, has highlighted that the mining sector needs to adopt energy efficient practices in their operations.

Modise was speaking on behalf of the Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, at a breakfast meeting organised by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), on sidelines of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town.

“South Africa’s economy is energy intensive and with the mining sector being among the Energy Intensive User Group, it has even become more necessary that we do not wait for platforms of this nature, only to talk about pressing issues that affect our operations,” said the acting deputy director-general: clean energy.

She noted that with the $100 billon target that President Cyril Ramaphosa has set – there is a lot to be done as energy cuts across any type of investment.

“It is in this context that we are approaching all stakeholders across the energy sector value chain who should play a role - and the mining sector is among those in the main,” Modise stated.

She emphasied that SANEDI together with the department of energy saw it fit to present possible collaborative partnerships in the energy efficiency and renewable energy space.

Cleaner technology solutions

The partnerships are targeted to establish win-win cleaner technology solutions into mining value chain after thorough consideration of the mining production processes; operations and maintenance; research and development; technology growth, development and advancement in contributing towards low a carbon economy in the short, medium and long term.

“It is important to ensure that collectively we allow production to happen in a greener, cleaner and sustainable environmentally friendly manner. Industry, transport and the building sectors all cut across the mining sector and will need to use more of renewable energy coupled with energy efficiency,” Modise noted.

Modise also highlighting that some areas of the mining operations have infrastructure such as buildings, street lighting twenty-four hours, seven days (24/7); operate wastewater treatments plants; all of which use a lot of fuel in their fleets. Read more: Research tracks corporate energy and sustainability progress

“For such a high energy demand industry to reduce consumption and produce more with less, and reduce high carbon content of certain products and high emission processes, will certainly require innovative and novel solutions and lifecycle thinking in an integrated approach,” she stated.

The Investing in African Mining Indaba  continues today in Cape Town, South Africa.