MARKETING: Santam Sponsors Energy Forum
Recent Western Cape Business News
Short term insurer Santam has agreed to co-sponsor the Energy Efficiency Forum for commercial property which is run by the City of Cape Town, Eskom and the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA).
“We are delighted that Santam is supporting the Forum in this way as Santam is also one of the first companies that became involved in the City’s ‘Smart Living’ corporate campaign. Santam’s sponsorship demonstrates their ongoing commitment to sustainability as a responsible corporate citizen of Cape Town,” said Osman Asmal, the City’s Director: Environmental Resource Management.
“Energy efficiency is a national priority. As part of our environmental positioning we are able to give our support as a short-term insurer through our influence with our clients. Hence our company actively promotes sustainable energy, through our recent national launch of the solar water heater claims programme as well as our support provided to the City of Cape Town through their Energy Efficiency Forum,” said Ray-ann Sedres, Head of Integrated Sustainability and Corporate Social Investments at Santam.
The Energy Efficiency Forum provides owners and managers of commercial and public buildings with a platform for practical, shared learning and collective action. Efficient use of electricity has become increasingly important in view of steeply rising electricity tariffs and the medium-term shortage of South Africa’s electricity supply. The need to reduce operating costs, the risk of future power cuts and carbon emissions all add up to the urgent need for a concerted effort to improve energy efficiency, particularly from the larger electricity users.
The next Forum meeting is scheduled for 09 March 2010.
The Forum is also endorsed by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the Cape Town Partnership, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape.
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