Standards to achieve sustainability
South Africa is one of the greatest CO2 emitters per capita and with demand being greater than supply, the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is an urgent concern. Most of South Africa’s electricity consumption is for heating, cooling, ventilation and hot water - therefore the construction of energy efficient buildings will significantly contribute to the reduction of these GHG emissions.
Standards are recognised as efficient tools to make efficiency measures more reliable and competitive in energy management. These standards were created in an open, consensus-driven process by the very organisations that need to use them.
- Energy efficiency can best be thought of as the 'forgotten fuel', emphasising the immediate benefits of improved efficiency.
- Proper energy management supports the three pillars of sustainability: Economy, environment and society.
- Appropriate standards can be used to assist in achieving the strategic goals of sustainability.
Standards towards a secure energy future
By I Loots, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Electricity+Control, June 2012 (pgs 56 -57)