It is evident that the global energy demand increases daily, and will continue to do so unless interventions are implemented to curb this phenomenon.
The challenge with this growing energy demand, particularly in South Africa, is that the base-load supply comes mainly from coal-based Eskom power stations. These infrastructures come with inherent risks such as unplanned breakdowns, the depletion of coal reserves, and equipment and machinery reaching end-of-life. In addition, the environment is suffering damage due to the greenhouse gases these power stations produce.
Figure 1, illustrates the projected energy demand increase up to the year 2030 and provides a baseline from which to benchmark the adequacy of the current power supply infrastructure. The prevailing challenges this power generation infrastructure produces show a clear need to limit the growing energy demand. Kurumeng aims to achieve this goal through environmentally friendly measures such as energy efficiency and renewable generation which are our core competencies.
Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest and most effective method for curbing power consumption. In this aspect, Kurumeng provides unrivalled services to clients across sectors, i.e., industrial, commercial, residential and agricultural. These services include, amongst others, energy audits, project proposals, implementation of energy-efficient solutions and performance monitoring.
Figure 2, shows the potential for energy saving and carbon reductions in each sector in South Africa (SA Cities Network, 2014). The graph demonstrates that the water supply and waste-water treatment sector has the most significant potential for energy savings. This aligns with the challenges detailed on the “National Water and Sanitation Master Plan Volume 1: Call to Action v 10.1 31 October 2018” (see the Water Infrastructure section).
As a general rule of thumb amongst energy professionals, R1 investment in energy efficiency yields R3 savings back to the economy (IEA, 2017). As the African continent races toward the future, communities, businesses and governments can greatly benefit from this return on investment. However, the development and implementation of energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures is at risk of derailment by inexperienced personnel. Kurumeng addresses this issue by using competent technical service personnel registered on the Maintercept Mobile App (www.maintercept.com). We approach all assignments with a solution driven focus that reflects our open-minded perspective when analysing and implementing each client’s unique requirements.
Furthermore, Kurumeng assists clients to take advantage of government incentives such as:
- Section 12L of the Income Tax Act, 1962 – on the allowance for energy efficiency savings to promote the efficient utilisation of energy to safeguard the continued supply of energy and combat the adverse effects of greenhouse gas emissions related to fossil fuel-based energy use on climate change.
- Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) encourages private sector tourism enterprises to move toward cleaner and renewable energy sources.