2016 SAEE Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony – Keen on Green


The theme “Keen on Green” was this year’s tagline during the annual Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention, and was highlighted at the 2016 SAEE Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

The drive behind the theme coincided with the current COP 22 being hosted in Morocco and which is perceived as preparing the way for implementation of the Paris Accord. Among the important areas of focus of the ratification of the Paris Accord is an emphasis on Energy Efficiency and all related aspects to its implementation.

This was truly the year for ground breaking news. 2016 saw the SAEE being awarded as the best performing chapter among over 90 international chapters by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The SAEE is also pleased with the calibre of nominations for our Awards this year and look forward to developing our awards to include more categories together with the prestige deserving of high performing professionals, companies and organisations.

The SAEE is intent on ensuring that more South Africans receive international recognition for their efforts and that our awards also profile the work of women and youth in the industry. We know that much as these awards are a personal accolade, they also market your project or your company. Most of all, they say to us that you are making a contribution to our country to save energy and promote our competitiveness as a nation.

One of the important drivers of Energy Efficiency is behavioural change. Often it takes hard work, persuasion and savvy skills to convince others that they need to reduce their energy consumption.

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From left: Spoiled by the amazing setup for the evening; Erika Kruger and Nikki Nel from Timzama with the AEE Best Chapter Conference & Expo (International) Award; the LTM Team in high spirits and dressed to impress with the green theme; Violinist – Adri Scholtz had everyone swooning.

Welcomed by our master of ceremonies, Mr. Gareth Burley, we kicked off the evening in style with the phenomenal violinist, Ms. Adri Scholtz.

The Awards were presented by Mr. Karel Steyn (immediate past president) and Ms. Lisa Reynolds (President).

The winners of awards in eight categories were recognised on Tuesday evening for their outstanding work in advancing energy efficiency.  The following Awards were presented:
•    Recognition for the Energy Newcomer of the Year,
•    Energy Company of Year,
•    Energy Professional of the Year,
•    Energy Project of the year,
•    SAEE Energy Patron of the year,
•    SAEE Energy Service Award,
•    SAEE Excellence award in Energy, and the
•    SAEE Ian Ernest Lane Hall of Fame
•    Recognition for International Awards

Ash & LacyEnergy Newcomer of the Year: ASH & LACY South Africa
Ash & Lacy South Africa (Pty) Ltd are an exciting new start-up company offering specialised products to the roofing sector in Southern Africa. As subsidiary of Ash & Lacy Building Systems Ltd, a BREAM accredited building envelope systems manufacturer in the UK, Ash & Lacy SA have made significant strides in the energy efficiency sector of the SA market.

ECSEnergy Company of the Year: Energy & Combustion Services Technology Solutions Development (Pty) Ltd
ECS have been assisting Kumba Iron Ore with diesel energy management since 2009. “They have identified and implemented several initiatives that assisted us in realising fuel savings.

From 2009 until 2015 they could verify 18.5 million litres of diesel savings to the value of R199.987 million. Their initiatives and management also realised R49 million rand of tax rebates for the 2015/2016 tax year through section 12L projects. Their methods are unique and they constantly have to innovate in order to realise and prove fuel savings since it is very reliant on people behaviour.

Willem Den HeijerEnergy Professional of the Year: Dr. Willem den Heijer
Willem has 19 years experience in energy engineering, energy management and measurement and verification (M&V). He specialises in mining and industrial energy management, the delivery of sustainable savings, as well as the M&V of project impacts.
He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (energy engineering) and is certified as an Energy Manager (CEM®), a Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP®), an Energy Auditor (CEA®) and as a Carbon Reduction Manager (CRM®) by the Association of Energy Engineers in the United States of America. He has presented various courses on behalf of the Association of Energy Engineers. Willem is currently the Program Manager for an Anglo American Platinum Project, having handed over the Palaborwa Copper ELP consistently delivering in excess of +10% energy cost savings.

HVAC Int. & AngloGold AshantiEnergy Project of the Year: AngloGold Ashanti & HVAC International
AngloGold Ashanti’s (AGA) Vaal River mining complex consumes 250MWh per day for the supply of compressed air. The intricate network consists of 37MW of installed compressors along a 27km surface piping network with multiple users situated on surface and underground.

To reduce energy consumption, AGA, in co-operation with Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning International (HVACI), implemented a real-time dynamic control system (REMS-DCS) to optimise and automate their compressor controls. The unique system needed minimum human intervention to achieve a daily energy efficiency impact of 18MWh. This means annual electricity cost savings of R 4.9 million. Full automatic compressed air control, on such a scale, has never before been achieved in the mining environment.

Alf HartzenburgSAEE Energy Patron of the Year: Alf Hartzenburg, NCPC-SA
Alf Hartzenburg has almost 40 years of industry experience. He studied Civil Engineering at UCT and holds Diplomas in Textiles, Production Management, Business Administration and Financial Management.

He is also one of five UN EU Green Flower Ecolabel trainers in South Africa.

Alf is passionate about training and empowering others towards effective energy management. He joined the NCPC-SA as a project manager in the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE Project) in 2012.

Since then he has taken on the responsibilities of Senior Project manager in the Western Cape and is responsible for the full RECP project team.  Alf is a UNIDO certified expert in three disciplines – Energy Management Systems (EnMS) as well as Steam and Compressed Air systems optimisation (ESO) – and is one of a handful of local experts also qualified to present expert-level training both locally and internationally. He is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). As a result of his extensive expertise and experience, Alf presents numerous workshops countrywide and has grown to be recognised as a leader in his field. He is also a co-opted member, in an advisory capacity, of the South African Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy (PCE).  In honour of his exemplary contribution to the industry, we acknowledged Alf Hartzenburg as the 2016 Patron of the year.

GIZSAEE Energy Service Award: GIZ
Awarded to Dr. Ulrich Averesch, recognizing an organisation or individual whose role has made a significant difference and contribution towards the growth of the energy efficiency and related industries in the Southern African region. This award acknowledges demonstrated, outstanding achievements in a company or individual which is  delivering exceptional service and/or excellent sustainable energy solutions through innovative ideas and applications, etc. that are viewed as excellent in the industry.

Dr. Tsakani MthombeniSAEE Excellence in Energy Award: Dr. Tsakani Mthombeni
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni, Group Head of Carbon and Energy at Gold Fields, tasked with setting the Group’s energy and carbon management strategy and supporting its execution across eight (8) gold mining operations in four (4) countries – South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Peru. Gold Fields’ energy spend accounts for 22% of Goldfields’ operation costs (2015, US$311m), thus energy management, and leveraging the dual benefit of carbon emissions reduction is a strategic imperative for Goldfields.

Prior to this role, Dr Mthombeni spent five (5) years sourcing and funding pre-commercial new energy, technologies in South Africa as the General Manager: Energy, at the Technology Innovation Agency, managing a US$12 million technology innovation portfolio. Prior to this role, Mthombeni worked at Anglo American as group Senior Energy Engineer, developing standards for and supporting implementation of energy management initiatives across the diamonds, platinum, coal, iron ore and platinum assets.

As a further measure of the man, he is unrelentless in his quest for continuous development and academic excellence. Mthombeni also holds numerous academic qualifications received from the University of Cape Town, then Clarkson University, Potsdam, and New York for his MSc and PhD, both in electrical engineering. He previously served on the board of the Southern Africa Energy Efficiency Association, and serves as an external examiner at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University.

Lisa Reynolds - Hall of FameSAEE Ian Ernest Lane – Hall of Fame: Lisa Reynolds
Lisa Reynolds recived the honour of becoming a member of the Ian Ernest Lane Hall of fame.

The SAEE board unanimously nominated Ms Lisa Reynolds who is, and has been a contributing Board member of the SAEE, has an extensive CV showcasing involvement in the energy sector at various levels as part of a supplier organisation, in research capacities, standards development, advisory and the regulatory environment, within the speciality focus areas of green buildings, insulation, energy saving interventions and Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM). She is well respected in industry while also previously filling the position of president of the soon to be revived, Energy Services Companies Association (ESCOs).

Considering Ms Reynolds’ accomplishments in which she has acquired substantial knowledge and experience in multi-level sectors of the energy industry, the SAEE board is of the opinion that Ms Reynolds deserves being introduced into the SAEE Hall of Fame (2016).

SAEE BursariesSAEE Scholarship Programme
The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), in cooperation with sponsoring companies, awards scholarships to students with an excellent academic record in previous years of study. The Scholarships are awarded in support of transformation of the energy sector and are only awarded to South African Nationals.

The companies that sponsored these scholarships are:
•    EnTF
•    Cova Advisory
•    Swisscontact

The winners of the 2016 SAEE scholarships are:
•    Sphelele Khanyile
•    Nontokozo Nondumiso Mbatha
•    Christopher Craig Korte

Recognition for International Awards was given to the following companies and individuals:
•    The AEE International Division – Best Overall Chapter Performance was received by the SAEE
•    AEE International Division – Best Chapter Conference & Expo (first year for this award category) received by Erika Kruger
from Timzama
•    AEE Hall of Fame was given to Prof. L. J. Grobler, past president of both the AEE and SAEE
•    AEE Young Energy Professional of the Year awarded to Mr. Keith Cassie from Standard Bank
•    AEE Sub-Saharan Africa Region Award: Energy Project of the Year 2016 awarded to Standard Bank South Africa
•    Terrapin: Africa Energy Awards – African Energy Project of the Year awarded to LTM Energy
•    Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM): Energy Management Insight Award received by 2 South African Companies, Gyproc Saint
Gobain and Aberdare Cables

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