Water and energy saving in South Africa
In late 2010, The Travel Foundation was awarded funding from Defra, under the UK-South Africa Sustainable Development Dialogue, to run a water and energy saving project.
The Wilderness Foundation South Africa was contracted as the local partner on the ground, and they worked closely with a wealth of South African organisations in order to encourage hotels and guest houses in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to get involved. Workshops were held in each of these cities in late January / early February 2011, introducing the project to over 100 hotels, with representatives from the Travel Foundation, the Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Water Affairs and Eskom (generators of approximately 95% of the electricity used in South Africa) introducing the concepts of sustainable tourism, and sustainability in the operation of accommodations.
60 accommodation units then received on-site visits from auditors. They each then received recommendation reports specific to their property, detailing the measures they can implement to reduce their water and energy consumption and the production of waste.
Baseline data on current consumption levels was obtained from each property, and monitoring continued for a year after water and energy saving improvements were integrated.
Properties involved in this project saw an average 14.4% reduction in energy usage, and an average 2.8% reduction in potable water per guest night.
In South Africa, we helped hotels to reduce their water and energy consumption.