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Case Studies

The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is a government programme that promotes the implementation of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP) methodologies to assist industry to lower costs through reduced energy, water and materials usage, and waste management. It is hosted by the CSIR on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). These Case Studies illustrate how South African businesses and initiatives are leading the way in cleaner production methodologies.

Case Study 1:


Mpact Limited Energy Management Systems (EnMS)



Mpact Limited, formerly Mondi Packaging South Africa, is one of the largest paper and plastic packaging companies in southern Africa, with 31 operating sites, 24 of which are manufacturing operations, based in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Mpact is listed on the JSE and has the leading market position in southern Africa in corrugated packaging, recycled-based carton board and containerboard, recovered paper collection, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preforms, styrene trays and plastic jumbo bins.

The corrugated packaging division has nine corrugated box plants, each with corrugator and converting facilities, producing corrugated board and boxes. Eight plants are located in South Africa. These are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. One plant is located in Namibia. Corrugated customers include producers of agricultural, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and other durable and non-durable goods that use packaging primarily for the protection of products in transit and for point of sale display. 

Mpact is an extensive user of electrical and steam energy. With the costs of fuel increasing significantly over the past 10 years, Mpact has placed concerted effort to reduce the consumption to reduce costs. This prompted Mpact to adopt an Energy Management System (EnMS) through the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA)’s Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project.


Key findings

Over the 2014-15 period, 3 projects were implemented, resulting in a total energy saving of 108 561 kWh, valued at R58 647. With a total investment of R16 000, the estimated average payback period in years was 0,27. A reduction of 72.6 tonnes CO2e was achieved.


Implementation of an Energy Management System

Mpact corrugated have implemented the following changes: 

  1. Steam leaks have been reparied and actively managed.
  2. Air leaks are now logged into the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
  3. Daylight switches installed on outside lights, compressor house lights and paper stall lights.
  4. Established an energy saving awareness campaign for switching off lights that are not in use. 


Implementation Challenges

Financial constraints and the lack of specialised resources (i.e. cherry pickers, specifically trained personnel, etc) inhibited Mpact's progress in implementing lighting saving measures. Mpact has since developed a replacement policy that advocates for the gradual phasing out of older and less efficient technologies for energy efficient lighting. 

Mpact plans to replace all current stream lines/valves by end of March 2016. It was not feasible to insulate the current lines/valves and then re-insulate the new lines/valves. Therefore, Mpact opted to insulate the lines/valves after the installation as this will save costs associated with installations, labour, etc. 


Summary of Interventions


System Intervention Capital Cost (ZAR) Energy saving (KWh/annum) Savings ZAR Estimated Payback period (months) GHG Emission Reduction (Ton CO2e/year)
Steam Established a formalised steam leak management system None 37037 20 024 Immediate 2.6
Compressed Air

Introduced a formalised system for detecting copressed air leaks for repair

None 57 821 31 229 Immediate 57
Lighting Installed daylight sensors on all extermal lighting 16 000 13 703 7 400 0.6 13
TOTALS 16 000 108 561 58 653 0.6 72.6


Lessons Learned


Future Plans

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