The impact of resource efficiency and cleaner production in industry
Ndivhuho Raphulu heads the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), the industrial resource efficiency programme of the Department of Trade and Industry, implemented by the CSIR.
He oversees the efforts of the NCPC-SA to promote the implementation of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) methodologies to assist industry to lower costs and environmental impact through reduced energy, water and materials usage, and improved waste management.
Ndivhuho’s background is in environmental science, but he has become one of Africa’s leading voices in RECP, which is a relatively new field and focus area for industry, particularly in developing and emerging economies. He is the African representative to RECPnet, the global network of cleaner production centres led by the United Nations through UNEP and UNIDO and chair of the European Union and African Union Partnership on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
About the talk: RECP can be defined as a systematic and integrated approach to managing energy, water, environmental and financial resources as well as eliminating or minimising waste and emissions to the environment on a sustainable and cost-effective basis. Raphulu’s presentation will make use of case studies and examples to demonstrate the impact that RECP can and should make on industry. He will present the offerings of the NCPC-SA in a solution-based approach.
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