Cape Town energy efficiency competition for commercial buildings

Submitted by: Margaret McKenzie, Friday, August 24, 2012

<p>An energy efficiency awards competition has been launched for commercial buildings in Cape Town.</p>

An energy efficiency awards competition has been launched for commercial buildings in Cape Town.

The Cape Town Energy Efficiency Forum for Commercial Buildings has announced the launch of an annual Energy Efficiency Awards competition.  “Many Cape Town commercial business and building owners and managers have shown real leadership in implementing energy efficiency in their buildings and operations” says Sarah Ward of the City of Cape Town. The purpose of the awards is to “applaud the initiative of these business leaders and provide further encouragement to business to reduce their energy consumption” explains Ward.

Participants in the Energy Efficiency Awards for Commercial Buildings will be judged “according to their implementation of energy efficiency management systems which incorporate technology interventions, behaviour change and operational change” says Ward.  The judges will also be examining the actual reduction in energy consumption achieved.  

Organisations wishing to enter the awards need to be signed up members of the Cape Town Energy Efficiency Forum for Commercial Buildings. The forum has been in operation for three years.  There are 897 individual members on the forum database representing nearly 500 different organisations.  The forum is managed by a partnership between the City of Cape Town, Eskom and the South African Property Owners Association. 

Winning applications will receive a plaque and extensive publicity through the media channels available to the managing partners of the forum.   The deadline for entering the awards is the 30th September 2012.   The Awards application form is available from Cape Town Energy Efficiency Forum webpage

Margaret McKenzie