Competence Centre: Sustainable Energies

The Competence Centre: Sustainable Energies (CC:SE) aims to be an information, networking and advisory platform for the industry and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

The CC:SE is based in Cape Town.
The main tasks of the Competence Centre include the following:

  • Collect, analyse and provide market information 
  • Be a platform for networking, communication and joint sustainable energy sector initiatives 
  • Offer advisory services to the sustainable energy industry, including advanced training and skill enhancement
  • Promote German technology in the Southern African markets

Opportunities for energy efficiency in Namibia – focus on industry and commercial buildings

Opportunities for energy efficiency in Namibia – focus on industry and commercial buildings

The SA-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry had the pleasure to organise a conference on the opportunities for energy efficiency in Namibia on the 24th October in Windhoek.

The conference, jointly organised with Renewable Energy Academy AG (RENAC) and the Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA), was part of the Energy Solutions Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The well attended conference highlighted the cost-saving potential of energy efficiency, presented showcases and lessons learned from Germany and South Africa, as well as introduced technologies to realise efficiency gains in industry and commercial buildings. More than 100 Namibian representatives from the private sector, business associations and public institutions participated in the conference and the corresponding discussions.

The conference was accompanied by a business delegation from Germany, comprising German energy efficiency technology and services providers. The German delegates had more than 50 B2B-meetings in the days following the conference. In almost every meeting viable opportunities for energy efficiency activities were identified – whereas most discussed projects indicated attractive amortisation rates.

With the Namibian market being at the an early stage concerning energy efficiency, and the medium-term rise of energy and electricity prices, the financially viable opportunities for energy efficiency can be expected to only increase further.

The team of the Sa-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry would like to express their gratitude to everyone who participated in the conference and the organisation of the delegation trip. In particular we would to thank the Namibian businesses for their interest in B2B meetings with our German delegates.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any queries concerning the realisation of energy efficiency improvements in Namibia and the SADC region.

1 RENAC Tingwey
2 Energy Efficiency in Germany Lehmann
3 KAESER Badenhorst
4 SEW Strzalkowski
5 PEWO Petrick
6 NCPC Hartzenburg
7 GBCNA Glenn
8 Wilo Bruggen
9 Fraunhofer ISE_Horta
10 Industrial Solar Schwind
11 SunSet Fleck

Renewable Energies and Water Resource Management for South Africa

Renewable Energies and Water Resource Management for South Africa

Business Design – Innovative Business Models
Management training for junior managers and young executives

The challenge

In our globalized economy, businesses- both large and small- are constantly challenged to innovate and to adapt to rapidly changing markets and growing customer requirements. Professional management and coordinated innovation are the basis for economic stability and growth of future-proof businesses. Junior managers and executives from emerging countries want to develop their management skills in order being able to develop their own success stories and to play an active role in the change processes of their companies, institutions and countries. They understand better than all manager generation before them that the key to successful entrepreneurship in the future is the creation of worldwide networks and partnerships.

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Project name

Management Training “Renewable Energies and Water Resource Management” for South Africa

Commissioned by

Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology

Project region

South Africa

Lead executing agency

GIZ State Office Bavaria in cooperation with Bavarian Universities, Companies and Institutions


14 January – 17 February 2018


Deadline for Application

Applications are accepted immediately – seats in the training will be awarded according to the first come – first serve principle among those applicants who fully comply with the criteria set out under “target groups” above.

For further information please contact:
GIZ State Office Bavaria
T: + 49 8157-938 714

Simple and efficient funding for small renewable energy projects

Simple and efficient funding for small renewable energy projects

FIRST is a partnership between KfW German Development Bank and South African commercial banks to unlock funding for small renewable projects.  FIRST’s purpose is to offer long term loan finance to projects under the Department of Energy’s Small Project Independent Power Producer Programme as well as for small renewables projects in Commercial & Industrial Sector in South Africa.

KfW is anchoring FIRST with around R300m of first loss equity.  FIRST is using this funding to create a channel for large commercial lending institutions to direct funding into this market efficiently.  FIRST will initially focus on the 1 – 5 MW market and has already secured a funding pool of around R1,3bn. 

FIRST is managed by EWF Partners, a small and experienced team focused on making funding simple and accessible.

Small renewable projects need a response that is different from the traditional project finance standard.  FIRST aims to be nimble in its response to clients’ needs, prioritising bespoke funding packages that are simple and efficient to execute.

We are looking forward to working with companies to deliver tailored funding solutions for their investments in renewable energy.


EWF Partners

David Johnson

Greg Ansermino



Jan Martin Witte

Conference: Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in South Africa

Conference: Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in South Africa

On Tuesday, the 30th of May, the Energy Efficiency Conference in the framework of German Energy Efficiency business delegation took place in the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Johannesburg.

We would like to thank all the participants and attendees of the Conference and the following B2B meetings for these successful days of exchanging business ideas and establishing valuable partnerships.

The presentations hold on the Conference day are published for download below.


Update Solar Payback - Facts and figures of Solar Heat for Industry

Update Solar Payback - Facts and figures of Solar Heat for Industry

A picture is worth a thousand words. So we used a lot of pictures in the info brochure “Solar Heat for Industry” to illustrate stakeholders from industry, financial sector and policy the powerful resource and the huge potential of solar heat technologies in manufacturing businesses. You find statements of satisfied investors in the 20-page booklet and easy to understand hydraulic schemes of the different integration options of solar heat technology in production processes.

Download the brochure in English and use it in your communication with clients and decision makers.

Please visit the projects website for more information

SANEDI and SAGCCI jointly implement three-year support project for solar process heat

SANEDI and SAGCCI jointly implement three-year support project for solar process heat

Solar Payback - 1st Kick-off Meeting
Solar Payback - 1st Kick-off Meeting

Solar Payback launch in South Africa

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) have teamed up for the international ‘Solar Payback’ project, which aims to increase the use of solar thermal energy in industrial processes. The Kick-Off Meeting took place in Johannesburg on 23January 2017.

Supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry funded by the International Climate Initiative, the three-year project will be implemented in South Africa, India, Mexico and Brazil. It is coordinated by the German Solar Association BSW-Solar and eleven partner organisations.

Facilitators from Germany include: research institute Fraunhofer ISE, the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) and communications and market research agency solrico. The project will be jointly implemented in South Africa by Johannesburg-based SANEDI and SAGCCI with its team from the Competence Centre Sustainable Energy (SECC) in Cape Town. It was launched in October 2016 and will conclude in September 2019.

The use of solar heat for steam production, process heating, cleaning and surface treatment in manufacturing is still a niche market in South Africa and around the world. “With Solar Payback, we aim to raise awareness about the huge market potential of solar process heat for three reasons: to reduce CO2 emissions, to save energy costs for investors and to sharpen the competitive edge of local industries,” said Jörg Mayer, Managing Director of BSW-Solar.

“Increasing electricity prices in South Africa and discussions around the implementation of a carbon tax have highlighted the need for energy saving in the industrial and commercial sectors, but awareness for the use of solar heat is still very low. Solar Payback can play a key role in increasing the knowledge and confidence of production businesses for this promising renewable energy,” was how Dr. Karen Surridge-Talbot, Centre Manager of the Renewable Energy Centre of Research & Development, Renewables at SANEDI, described the market situation.Solar Payback focuses on an in-depth analysis of market barriers and drivers by drafting a solar process heat-potential study designed to be used in informing policy.

“South Africa has twice the sunshine, but only a small fraction of installed solar thermal capacity compared to other countries,” emphasised Markus Wolf, Project Manager at SECC of SAGCCI. “Our aim in Solar Payback is to raise awareness among potential client groups, for example from the beverage, textile or automotive industry, as well as among financial institutions.” To increase the trust in solar process heat technology, Solar Payback supports the construction of a best practice plant.

To make contact with relevant stakeholders, the project partners will use a wide range of activities and communication tools. In addition, they intend to strengthen the industry by offering training for planners and contractors. Key activity targets include:

  • Drafting a National Solar Process Heat Potential Study
  • Developing a financing/business tool for planners and investors to offer preliminary analyses of solar process heat plants 
  • Offering training for bankers / investors on financing solar process heat systems
  • Developing South African specific information / knowledge that can be used towards informing policy and encouraging the uptake of solar process heat at national level
  • Organising train-the-trainer workshops on planning / designing solar process heat systems 
  • Implementing an online matchmaking network for investors and technology providers
  • Organising a local industry / stakeholder conference 
  • Identifying reference cases in manufacturing and conducting a pre-study of three sites, plus detailed monitoring of one site to facilitate installation of a demonstration system

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Federal Parliament.
IKI website

With around 800 member companies, BSW-Solar is one of the largest lobbying organisation for solar electricity and solar heat in Germany. It is headquartered in Berlin. BSW website

The state-owned South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) serves as a catalyst for sustainable energy innovation, transformation and technology diffusion. Its current portfolio includes six programmes: Advanced Fossil Fuels, Renewables, Energy Efficiency, Green Transport, Working for Energy and Smart Grids.

The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) with its three offices in South Africa facilitates the establishment of business links between the two countries. The Chamber’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (SECC), which is based in Cape Town, aims to be an information, networking and advisory platform for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry.

The ExperTS-Program

The ExperTS-Program

The ExperTS-Program - tailormade expertise at the AHK

The targeted placement of integrated experts by the Center for International Migration and Development (CIM) brings benefits both for foreign trade promotion and German development cooperation. 

The aim of the CIM-AHK Programme is to link the activities of the German private sector in developing and emerging countries more closely to the objectives of Germany’s development policies. To this end, CIM places experts in areas such as energy consulting, technology transfer and vocational education at the German Chambers of Commerce (AHKs) around the world. As employees of the AHKs, the experts advise companies on partnership opportunities with German companies on development cooperation.

As staff members of German Chambers or Delegations of Industry and Commerce or bilateral industry associations they consult companies about cooperation opportunities with German development cooperation.


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements the CIM-AHK programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) supplies integrated experts to the German Chambers of Commerce abroad. Worldwide over 30 experts are active in the worldwide network of the German Chambers of Commerce.



In collaboration with the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) the SA-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry is offering the European EnergyManager training programme EUREM.
The training is held annually in Cape Town.

EUREM is an extra-occupational, standardised training programme and international network for Energy Managers. The EUREM training enhances the skills of technical practitioners in the field of energy management and energy efficiency improvements. The training covers nearly all energy-relevant issues which can arise in manufacturing industries.

The target group for the EUREM training are technical experts and companies’ executives as well as energy service provider. The training is usually held extra-occupational and consists of face-to-face training (140 teaching units) and a final individual project work (80 teaching units).

The EUREM initiative started in 1999 and is coordinated by the Nürnberg Chamber of Commerce, Germany. At present the EUREM is offered in 27 countries throughout the world and more than 4.000 Energy Managers have been trained. Nowadays the European private sector regards the EUREM as standard qualification programme for their energy managers.

For more information on EUREM, please visit the EUREM website: and take a look at the Overview & Information Presentation.

Course Structure

Please do not hesitate to contact SAGCC’s Competence Centre Sustainable Energy if you have any queries concerning EUREM.

Jens Hauser

T: +27 (0)21 422 5577
F: +27 (0)21 424 3324

Sponsored by

Markus Wolf

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