This year’s SAEEC conference goes virtual

13th October 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia - Creamer Media Reporter

The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) will be hosting its sixteenth Annual Conference from November 3 to 5, in a virtual event.

The SAEEC is the local recognised chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.

This year’s conference theme is: 'Moving On: Resilience With Energy Efficiency'.

The big five discussion themes for the event are: strategies for environmental change; energy nexus links; sustainable generation and distribution; the Fourth Industrial Revolution; and the business of energy businesses.

The SAEEC is also preparing a pre-conference training programme for November 2 and 3.

The industry body says it believes that only effort made in development towards the right direction can lead to progress.

The confederation is, therefore, designed to link its members to development initiatives that are aligned to international best practices.

These range from seminars, training, lectures, site visits, discussions, regulatory updates and its yearly conference, where it showcases projects that are leading the way for sustainable development that are arranged either through the confederation or its various interest groups and associations.

This year’s conference is sponsored by the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta).

Ewseta is one of 21 Setas established in terms of Section 9 of the Skills Development Act, and reports to the Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister.

Its mandate is to anticipate, build and manage the skills development and training needs of the energy and water services sectors through strategic skills planning within the context of the National Development Plan and National Skills Development Plan 2030.

“South Africa’s growing population and rapid urbanisation have seen electricity supply come under pressure.

“Furthermore, delays in infrastructure projects, as well as inadequate investment in maintenance and refurbishment, have placed additional pressure on the national power grid.

“South Africa is a water scarce country with an average annual rainfall of about 464 mm (compared with a global average of 860 mm). This, combined with climate change and delays in infrastructure maintenance and development, places the country’s water resource under immense pressure.

“Meeting the current and future skills needs of these two critical sectors is extremely important for their future sustainability,” Ewseta emphasises.