SOUTH AFRICA – Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification, has announced the successful completion of a solar power and backup energy project at its AgriFood Laboratory in Cape Town.

This innovative initiative marks a significant achievement in sustainability, allowing the laboratory to operate independently of South Africa’s national electricity grid.

Bureau Veritas’s AgriFood Laboratory in Cape Town has embraced a forward-thinking solar power and backup energy project, enabling it to maintain business continuity without relying on the national electricity grid.

This not only ensures uninterrupted operations but also aligns with the company’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and fostering environmental sustainability.

Joanne Barton, Managing Director of Bureau Veritas AgriFood Laboratories, expresses enthusiasm about the transition to solar power.

The new system empowers the laboratory to operate at full capacity, 24 hours a day, with unparalleled reliability. This development serves as a testament to the laboratory’s dedication to its clients, ensuring uninterrupted service and contributing to a brighter, more sustainable future for the community.

“Our transition to solar power has energised our team in Cape Town due to the reliability of our new system. We are delighted that we are able to serve our clients with 100% uptime, ensuring uninterrupted service and a brighter, more sustainable future for our community,” he said.

Situated in Brackenfell, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, Bureau Veritas’ AgriFood Laboratories is strategically positioned to serve industrial hubs and key agricultural regions.

The laboratory holds ISO 17025:2017 SANAS accreditation, highlighting its commitment to quality and compliance with international standards.

Gavin Hefer, District Chief Executive for Southern Africa at Bureau Veritas, commends the AgriFood Lab team for their contribution to the project.

He emphasizes the importance of reducing the company’s carbon footprint and operating in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner.

As a company that is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, it is imperative that we continue to relieve the national grid of pressure and operate in a way that is sustainable and environmentally responsible while delivering services to our clients without interruptions,” he expressed.

This solar power initiative underscores Bureau Veritas’s commitment to both its clients and the environment.

By taking proactive steps to operate sustainably, the company sets a precedent for responsible business practices.

The AgriFood Laboratory’s ability to function independently of the national electricity grid showcases the potential for sustainable solutions within the testing, inspection, and certification industry.

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