Environmental Management Workshop for Southern African Utilities

When: 1997

Where: South Africa

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • To provide environmental information and expertise to Southern African utilities to facilitate and improve environmental management capacities within the companies.
  • To identify an action plan or strategy on how to further build environmental capacity in the region to address the environmental priorities in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) utilities

When: 1997

Where: South Africa

What: Developing Technical Skills

We worked together with the non-profit organization Southern African Development through Electricity (SAD-ELEC) to develop and deliver a workshop targeting the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) on the importance of promoting sound environmental management in the electricity sector in the Southern African region and to facilitate and improve environmental management capacities within the companies.  A pre-workshop questionnaire was circulated to SAPP utilities to gather information from the participating companies in order to effectively design and tailor the workshop.

The workshop took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 13-14, 1997. A total of 34 participants attended the workshop. Most were members of the SAPP Environmental and Planning sub-committees, for whom the Workshop was targeted, as well members of the SAPP Management Committee. Other attendees included government representatives from Mozambique, Lesotho, France and Canada.

The workshop contents included information on why the environment should be taken into consideration by utilities, as well as an introduction to environmental management tools for planning, operation, and construction phases. Participants felt the information learned could help them to raise awareness of the environment within the utility and to set up an environmental department. In particular, they felt the information on environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental management systems (EMS), and mitigation measures would help their utilities. Overall the workshop was well appreciated by participants.

Participating members and partners

  • EDF
  • Enel
  • Hydro-Québec
  • Ontario Hydro
  • RWE
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)
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