Zille urges businesses to switch to better energy, water saving methods

The Western Cape premier visited ACA Threads today a sewing threads manufacturer and supplier based in Parow.

FILE: Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has called on more businesses to switch to better energy and water saving practices.

Zille visited ACA Threads on Tuesday, a sewing threads manufacturer and supplier based in Brackenfell.

The factory has been highlighted as a model of best practice in the provincial government's Energy Security Game Changer plan, which aims to ensure long-term energy security.

The factory has implemented several innovative ways to lessen its carbon footprint, including reducing its waste to landfill by 96%.

The factory's use of solar energy has led to yearly savings of up to R500,000.

It's also reduced the amount of water used in the dyeing process, from 160 liters per kilogram in 2012, to only 48 liters in 2017.

Zille has called on more companies to look into alternative ways to save energy and water and to generate electricity.

“They have switched to photovoltaic energy, they have switched to wise water methods, they have switched to recycling in a big way and are saving themselves millions, at the same time ensuring that we can sustain this planet.”

(Edited by Neo Koza)