The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is a national programme of government 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).
It focuses on key sectors identified in government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as important drivers of industry competitiveness, economic growth and job creation.
The NCPC-SA is a member of UNIDO and UNEP’s global resource efficiency and cleaner production network (RECPnet) and plays a leading role in the African Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (ARSCP), with the NCPC-SA Director currently the president of the African body.
At this stage, the RECP assessments facilitated by the NCPC-SA are offered at little or no cost to companies as they are subsidised by the dti. Energy, water and material assessments are conducted to identify opportunities to lower consumption and thus production costs. Waste assessments assist to understand a company’s waste generation profile and identify opportunities for improvement.