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Energy efficiency: King Shaka airport cuts power use by ZAR2.7m

In South Africa, Durban’s international airport has recorded ZAR2.7 million ($244,000) in electricity savings over the past three years following the deployment of energy saving projects.

According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the King Shaka International Airport installed an energy management system with the support of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), saving enough power to electrify 225 South African households for an entire year.

The airport implemented three projects over a three-year period saving a total of 1,932 576 kWh, which is estimated at ZAR2,761 249 ($244,000).  The airport was able to reduce their CO2 emissions by 1,850 tonnes.

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Inside King Shaka International Airport, Durban

Airport spokesman Colin Naidoo said in a statement that “the real success behind the project was the high returns on low- or zero-cost initiatives. The airport’s financial investment was less than a fifth of the savings gained.”

The energy efficient project put emphasis on decreasing lighting demand in the airport as well as improving the use of air conditioning in the building.

NCPC-SA senior project manager in KwaZulu-Natal Kevin Cilliers commented: “The support of top management is critical for a programme like this to succeed. Their support also includes getting employees involved and excited about energy management.”

The airport joined the NCPC-SA’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, a programme under the Department of Trade and Industry, hosted by the CSIR. It is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the UK Department for International Development.

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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