Guidelines for energy management in wineries
University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Engineering.
Wineries and cellars are vulnerable to escalating electricity price increases and stricter energy regulations as carbon emissions reduction targets have been set by the South African government through the National Development Plan; put forward by the National Planning Commission at the end of 2011. Energy Management Guidelines will thus empower wineries to implement the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001 and take advantage of the resultant savings and/or subsidies and rebates that are being put forward through the green economy initiatives of the national, provincial and local governments. The overall aim of the project is to increase knowledge and awareness around energy efficiency; leaving a positive legacy of behaviour change that will provide the wine industry with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Specifically, the project aims to develop an Energy Management Guideline that can be used as part of, or incorporated into, the Integraped Production of Wine practices of wineries/cellars. The impacts of implementing such guidelines will be demonstrated in terms of determining the reduced energy costs and carbon footprints at three cellars.