Energy Efficiency (EE) – the power of a million small actions
Since the 1970s, energy efficiency has contributed more to our economic prosperity than any other single source of energy supply.
This is the power of a million small, and often invisible, actions.
QDM makes these actions visible!
Energy efficiency is a fundamental component of our energy and environment policies. Cutting energy demand reduces greenhouse gas emissions in a more cost-effective way than any other energy or climate policy. The International Energy Agency’s 2012 World Energy Outlook strongly featured energy efficiency as the key way forward.
But energy efficiency has other environmental benefits than just climate protection. Local air quality, for instance, can be improved by reducing emissions through lower energy consumption.
Massive investments in energy efficiency can contribute to creating many jobs in South Africa. Cutting energy demand will make SA more economically resilient and more productive.
Energy efficiency is also one of the most effective means toward improved energy security – cheaper and cleaner than investments in nuclear and shale gas.
This becomes obvious by focusing on the energy services we need rather than looking out for a way to secure more kilowatt hours or barrels of oil.
Energy efficiency and renewables have been seen as competitors for investments and attention. But, in fact, the opposite is true.
By cutting our energy demand, we make it much easier to reach the countries Renewable Energy goals. Investing in energy efficiency gives us more time and helps us to avoid some of the most difficult choices between land use, food production, landscape protection and renewable quotas.
Energy Efficiency is a MUST for South African companies based on the high increases in electricity prices.
Investments are encouraged in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects aimed at improving energy efficiency facilitating South Africa’s transition towards a low-carbon economy. The energy and related cost savings will drive improved production capacity, operational effectiveness and competitiveness resulting in job creation.
Investing in energy efficiency is a strategic approach to ensure business competitiveness.
Benefits of this investment include:
- Technical support available based on the size and complexity of your project
- Reducing the investment risk through energy efficiency checks
- Use of energy efficient technologies will result in reduced energy and other costs
- Improved product quality and production capacity
- Increasing company’s profitability
- Improved company image due to contributions to carbon footprint reduction
- Contribute to South Africa’s sustainable development goals
- Lower vulnerability to increasing energy prices
- Increased value for the company!
It’s a NO-BRAINER … Energy Efficiency MUST be our priority going forward!