Sun International targets energy savings

by Benice BurgerJuly 24, 2017

Sun International is targeting at least R30m in energy savings at its casinos and hotels by investing in energy-saving interventions ranging from the insulation of geysers and pipes to adopting energy efficient lighting and coaching staff to conserve energy.

The targeted savings were identified by an energy efficiency audit of the leisure and gaming company’s facilities funded by the National Business Initiative’s Private Sector Energy Efficiency (PSEE) programme. The audit identified energy savings of as much as 61% of current energy costs at four of Sun International’s premier properties, namely The Golden Valley Casino, The Table Bay Hotel, The Carousel and The Windmill Casino and Entertainment Centre.

The PSEE is a bi-lateral initiative between South Africa and the UK, which aims to improve energy efficiency in commercial and industrial companies in South Africa by identifying and implementing energy saving measures. Regulated energy price increases in SA are expected to raise electricity costs for South African businesses by 47% over the five year period running from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2018.

While casinos typically have higher electricity costs due to the wide range of gaming equipment that they utilise, Sun International is also honing in on the energy use of its hotel facilities.

The Table Bay Hotel, built in 1997 in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, could cut its R7m annual energy bill by 19%, according to the PSEE. By investing R887 000 in energy efficiency initiatives, the hotel could cut more than 860 000 kWh from its annual consumption and save more than R1.3m in energy costs. The investment could be paid back in just over eight months, according to the PSEE.

“Energy efficiency clearly has tangible benefits for us as a company and we are looking at ways to replicate these energy savings measures at all of our operations,” said Michael Farr, group GM brand and communications of Sun International.

“A lot of it comes down to education of both staff and guests. Something as simple as encouraging guests to wash towels only when necessary can result in massive savings in the form of both water and electricity.”


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