!Khi Solar One

Once completed, this concentrated solar tower power station will be one of the largest in the world. One of the benefits of this project relative to most other renewable energy projects is its ability to store energy and to deliver electricity to the grid during peak times.

Natural environment

Direct impact

The bulk of our staff is based in the Sandton offices and our relative footprint is small when compared to some of our business partners. Nonetheless, we look at ways to better understand our resource consumption and how to manage it. In the year under review, the total volume of water consumed at the head office in Sandton was 21 758 m3.

Carbon footprint

We have been reporting on our carbon footprint for three years. We calculate the carbon footprint in order to guide the formulation of an emission-reduction strategy, to respond positively to the climate change challenge and to show responsible leadership particularly to the business partners that have a considerable carbon output.

In a bid to build capacity and use influence in our business partners, we calculate footprints for our business partners and help them in devising strategies to reduce their impact. Going forward we will look at setting targets as well as increasing transparency by being involved in projects such as the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The calculation of the footprint was designed to develop an inclusive base year greenhouse gas inventory that stretches over the years (up until all of IDC’s business partners are included) and in accordance with the principles and requirements set forth in the ISO 14064 and PAS 2050.

The table below, shows our carbon inventory to date:

GHG emissions data for period 1 April 2012 – 31 March 2013
Tonnes of CO2e   Verified   Verified  
Base year   2012  
Scope 1  
Fleet cars  
Generator fuel  
Aircon gas (R22)*  
Jet fuel  
Sub-total (scope 1)  613.3   628.9  
Scope 2        
Electricity   5 774.5   6 267.1  
Sub-total 1 (scope 1 & 2)  6 387.8   6 896.0  

* Refrigerator gas, namely R134a, was not used in 2012 FY. Only R22 was used.
  Emission factors: For Scope 1 emissions DEFRA 2012 factors were used with the exception of aviation fuel, where the Australian factor for Jet A1 fuel was used. For Scope 2 emissions the Eskom factor of 0.99 kg CO2 per kWh was used. The boundary for this table is IDC head office. Information for Foskor and Scaw is available here.

Green building

We plan to introduce green building aspects to the head office in order to meet the requirements of both the Green Star SA rating system and the United States- based tool for existing buildings, operations and maintenance (LEED-EBOM). The objective of following a two-pronged approach is to cover all possible aspects within the envelope of the prospective rating tool.

The project has unfortunately been delayed, so plans for completion in the next reporting cycle will not be achieved. A more comprehensive report will be available in the next reporting cycle.

Coega Dairy Holdings

The IDC has identified increased competition in the dairy value chain and import substitution in the cheese industry as key sector development goals. We also singled out the need for increased farmer (and specifically B-BBEE) participation in dairy value-adding initiatives.

Windtown Lagoon Resort 

The newly built Windtown Lagoon Resort and Spa reflects the IDC’s focus to funding community-based projects that have potential to create employment opportunities in far-flung regions.

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