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Opportunity magazine is a niche business-to-business publication that explores various investment opportunities within Southern Africa’s economic sectors. The publication is endorsed by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI).

ENERGY PERFORMANCE

ENERGY PERFORMANCE Buildings must display Energy Performance Certificates Building owners and Accounting Officers have weeks to comply with the EPC Regulation. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is not a new concept as the Regulation is derived from the National Energy Act of 2008. The Regulation to display an EPC was first published on 8 December 2020 in the Government Gazette Notice 700 of 2020 and signed into effect by Minister Samson Gwede Mantashe, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa, as a Regulation of the National Energy Act, 1998 (Act no 34 of 2008). The EPC Regulation obliges accounting officers of organs of states and owners of buildings whose buildings fall within the required occupancy classifications to comply on or before 7 December 2022, or risk facing penalties of a fine of up to R5-million and/or imprisonment of up to five years. One of the aims of the EPC Regulation is to actively implement the targets in the post-2015 National Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES), which states that buildings need to reduce their energy consumption by 16% by 2030. Buildings alone contribute about 30% to 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, therefore it is imperative that government promotes energy efficiency and climate change consciousness through the improvement of buildings’ energy performance. This has resulted in energy-efficiency interventions such as EPCs that support post-2015 NEEES policy. Buildings that fall within the following occupancy classes must obtain an EPC: A1: entertainment and assembly A2: theatrical and indoor sport A3: places of instruction G1: offices An EPC rates a building from grade A – G, indicating how efficiently a building is being used by the occupants. A D-rating is a benchmark which is in line with the National Building Regulations (NBR), indicating the best practice for buildings, benchmarking the building against the average figures contained in the SANS 10400-XA: 2021 Standards. The EPC regulation does not penalise accounting officers or building owners for a low EPC rating because the primary objective in enforcing compliance to the EPC regulations is to make accounting officers or building owners aware of their building’s energy consumption. This awareness will encourage them to make their buildings energy efficient. Over 300 EPCs have been issued to date, a fraction of the estimated 250 000 – 350 000 that will need to be issued in order to cover the buildings that need to comply with the Regulation. The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) is mandated to maintain the National Building Energy Performance Register in support of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in the roll out of EPCs. This will help keeping record of building particulars. According to the Regulation, an EPC must be displayed at the entrance of a building and a certified copy of the EPC must be submitted by the accounting officer or a building owner to SANEDI within three months from the date of issue. Accounting officers and building owners need to comply with this Regulation by 7 December 2022. Email for EPC submissions is EPCsubmission@sanedi.org.za 26 | www.opportunityonline.co.za

ENERGY PERFORMANCE Ways SANEDI’s work is making South Africa more sustainable and energy efficient • It is common knowledge that South Africa has bountiful wind resources. Through the Wind Atlas of South Africa programme, there is now a quantitative assessment of the country’s wind capability. • Over 420 solar thermal demonstration projects have been built and more than 3 000 people have been trained through the SOLTRAIN collaborative project. • SANEDI places exceptionally strong emphasis on gender equality in its corporate strategy. To this end women have benefitted from SANEDI’s bursaries for human capacity building in the energy sector. • South Africa hosted the first-ever International Renewable Energy Conference on the African continent under the theme “RE-Energising Africa”. • The Cool Surfaces Projects is an important contribution to the suite of South African energy efficiency solutions. In 2019 SANEDI became one of 10 global teams awarded a portion of -million in grant funding as part of the Cool Roofs Challenge. • The Cleaner Mobility programme contributed towards the development of the first Green Transport Strategy and Electric Vehicle (EV) technology standards for South Africa. • SANEDI has implemented more than 12 000 smart meters across 10 municipalities. • SANEDI’s Geological CO2 storage atlas was published to characterise and identify potential storage reservoirs, develop the necessary skills and technology base and to consult with the public. This atlas is a key component of the programme that is intended to develop a full-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) deployment plan beyond 2025. • SANEDI has contributed to the development of standards and guidelines to ensure energy efficiency across industries including plumbing, manufacturing and buildings. To assist in the implementation of Energy Performance Certificates, an Energy Performance Certificate Guidelines has been published (and is available on the website). About SANEDI The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), established by government, directs, monitors and conducts applied-energy research to develop innovative, integrated solutions to catalyse growth and prosperity in the green economy. It drives scientific evidence-driven ventures that contribute to youth empowerment, gender equity, environmental sustainability and the 4th Industrial Revolution, within the National Development Plan (NDP), through consultative, sustainable energy projects. For more information, go to www.sanedi.org.za. www.opportunityonline.co.za | 27

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