FOR THE AGRI-PROCESSING SECTOR IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa’s hugely important agri-processing sector formally employs more than 500,000 people and contributes roughly 4 percent to the country’s overall GDP.
However, the sector’s growth and success comes at a cost: agri-processing depends heavily on water and energy, threatening the competitiveness and sustainability of the sector in South Africa, while contributing to the country’s already large water deficit.
A new report from IFC, “Metering and Monitoring Guideline for the Agri-processing Sector in South Africa”, identifies ways agri-processing companies can substantially reduce their resource consumption through cutting-edge energy and water metering and monitoring systems.
These systems can help safeguard the environment, reduce costs, and protect jobs and exports. They are especially recommended for agri-processing companies with very little submetering in their plants and that still rely on manual inputs to analyze resource use and efficiency.
The guideline, produced in partnership with the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) South Africa, identifies the types of metering systems that should be in place, the costs to implement them, and how companies can analyze the data.