Capacity Building Programme
Policy measure

In 2010, the ‘UNIDO Industrial Energy Efficiency Programme’ was launched as a joint collaboration between the South African government (represented by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)), the Government of Switzerland (represented by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)) and UK Aid-DFID (Department for International Development).  The implementation of the project is being carried out by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). (Mckuur, 2011)

The objective of the project is to “reduce GHG emissions and enhance competitiveness of industry through improved energy efficiency and the transformation of the market for industrial energy efficiency products and services” (Mckuur, 2011).

Component 2 of the project, the Capacity Building Program, aims to build capacity in energy management and system optimization by (1) creating a cadre of local experts to develop projects and provide services to industry, and (2) providing access to tools to identify energy efficiency opportunities, support energy efficiency implementation and document compliance. (Mckuur, 2011)  


According to Mckuur (2011) the following measures have been implemented within the scope of Component 2:

  • Energy Management Systems (EnMS) Expert Training: 7 industrial plant partners have agreed to participate and implement EnMS. Each plant will be assisted by 2-3 expert level trainees for 1 year. 

  • System Optimization (SO) Expert Training (steam, pumps, compressed air, etc.).

  • Development and provision of tools to assist industry in developing and implementing EnMS and system optimization projects.

  • Training of industry energy managers and engineers.

No identified challenges.
No identified outcomes.

Mckuur, G., 2011. Industrial Energy Efficiency Project South Africa. South African Association for ESCos. Presented 22 September 2011.