Among the recipients of 2013 eta awards in South Africa were Don Boroughs and, joint winners, City of Cape Town and Dr Peter Mukoma from the Energy Efficiency Leadership Network for energy efficiency in households and energy awareness respectively.

These winners were finalists in the Eskom eta Awards which since 1985 have honoured and rewarded individuals and corporates who came up with innovative projects aimed at reducing energy consumption.

This year saw entries than ranged from an innovative smokeless stove designed for use by those without electricity to a highly sophisticated system that has reduced the electricity consumption at the AngloGold Ashanti Mponeng mine.

Boroughs won the energy saving in households’ prize this year for managing to reduce the electricity consumption in his home by 75%. He has for the past 16 years benefitted from the small changes he has made in his home. These include installing a solar geyser, reliance on a wood-fired closed combustion fireplace and gas heating. Explaining how he saved electricity, Boroughs says, “The changes in our home include the extensive use of LED lighting throughout the house and a variable speed pool pump which uses a fraction of the power consumed by ordinary pumps.” Boroughs further explains that his 16-year-old project achieved savings of about R20,000 a year.

The runners up in this category were Braam Dalgleish and Rod McGregor Mann who were also recognised for their commitment to reducing electricity consumption in their homes.

Cape Town’s electricity savings campaign in the residential and commercial markets has proven that the city is resource efficient and is reducing its carbon footprint. The residential sector accounts for 43% of electricity consumption while the commercial sector uses 40% of the city’s energy. Since the city launched the campaign residents in the mid to high income households have been encouraged to reduce their consumption by between 26% and 40%.
The city of Cape Town’s commercial campaign saw the Energy Efficiency forum launched. The forum is a partnership between the city, Eskom and the South African Property Owners Association. It seeks to achieve savings in commercial properties using an information sharing and networking platform.

Energy Efficiency Leadership Network (EELN) in partnership with the department of energy and Business Unity of South Africa, launched in 2011 by the National Business Initiative, secured 59 signatories including some of South Africa’s largest companies. This network, which also connects business with key government stakeholders on energy efficiency issues, has committed to supporting the energy efficiency pledge to achieve energy savings, reduce energy intensity and carbon emissions.

Lorraine Jenks was awarded a Special Award in the Energy Efficiency Awareness category for her ongoing work in educating the tourism and hospitality industries on taking a greener approach to business. She established two directories that help the industry and individuals source green products and she also conducts training in the industry in collaboration with Eskom’s IDM programme.

Runner up was the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (Soltrain) an innovative initiative that aims to encourage the switch from a fossil fuel based energy supply to a renewable energy based supply by training suppliers in the renewable energy sectors.

All the winners walked away with R30,000 each and the runners up were each awarded R5,000.