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Reduction of Water Consumption for Electricity Generation

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Issues Addressed

  • Principle 7 - Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Principle 9 - Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

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Partnership Project

Countries of Impact

South Africa

Case Description

Environment- Accountability is at the Management Board Environmental Steering Committee level and specific accountabilities have been delegated from the Chief Executive to the organization through the relevant Executive Director directly responsible for particular business activities, through business unit and individual performance contracts.

The publication of an Annual Environmental Report over the last 7 years is one of the ways Eskom strives to enhance customer satisfaction and stakeholder interest while increasing transparency and communication of environmental issues related to its products and operations. This report demonstrates commitment to transparency and continual improvement, through reporting on performance, environmental management system and future planning. The report is used for both national and international dialogue. Environmental indicators are incorporated into the organizational sustainability index and education programs are implemented at all levels in Eskom.Eskom has reduced water consumption from 1.25l/kWh Sent Out (SO) in 1999 to 1.21l/kWh SO in 2000. Water consumption has been decreasing at Eskom over the past decade and Eskom?s current performance is one of the world's best. Particulate emissions have decreased from 0.37kg/MWh SO in 1999 to 0.35kg/MWh SO in 2000, with a reduction of approximately 90 percent over the last decade. The African Centre for Energy and Environment (ACEE), a joint initiative between the USA-based EPRI and Eskom, aims at capacity building and technology transfer in the environmental field. The Centre had its first full year of operation during 2000 with various initiatives, including a climate-change conference, completed during 2000.

Environmental analysis has been undertaken as part of Integrated Strategic Electricity Planning (ISEP) process. In addition, the company has an extensive Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration programme as well as joint projects with the GEF (e.g., the Efficient Lighting Initiative) and has developed international-technology partnerships with a sustainability focus.


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