The V&A Waterfront has scooped the 2012 Energy Efficiency Forum Awards for Commercial Buildings.
The Forum is a collaborative initiative with the City of Cape Town, Eskom, and the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) that recognises and commends leadership in energy efficiency and encourages businesses to continue their work in reducing energy consumption.
David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said: “Our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of the V&A Waterfront’s business strategy. This includes incorporating world-class energy efficiency practises and responsible management of our resources in our operations.
“We are very pleased that our commitment and implementation of significant energy efficiency interventions have been recognised by our three recent accolades: – the Energy Efficiency Award for Commercial Buildings, the recent eta Eskom Award for energy efficiency win and the Heritage Gold Environmental Certification.”
“It is the V&A Waterfront’s goal to set standards in sustainability for mixed-use developments in Africa,” said Green.
The changes at the V&A Waterfront have not only been technical and include ways to change behaviour by adding targets to staff performance contracts, establishing a sustainability committee and energy efficiency training for tenants in the precinct.
Colin Devenish, Executive Manager of Operations of the V&A Waterfront said: ‘’As a commercial consumer, we recognized the part we had to play in an electricity saving campaign and raising awareness in this regard. Our energy efficiency initiatives have resulted in an annual saving on electricity of 11 261 449kWh or R5.6 million, while reducing our demand on the grid by 10.53%.
The Energy Efficiency Forum Award comes shortly after the V&A Waterfront claimed top honours in the 2012 eta Eskom Awards in the Commercial Category over runners up ABSA and Spier Wine Estate. The eta Awards have been awarded by Eskom for the past 22 years to reward exceptional effort in the field of energy efficiency.