Remembering Andrew Hibberd

25 Jun 2019 - 13:45

On Wednesday 5th June Andrew Hibberd from UCT’s Energy Research Centre passed away after a battle with cancer that had lasted more than a year.

Andrew was always very well-liked by colleagues and students and the many warm words of condolence received have mentioned his friendliness, kindness, integrity, quietness, humility and faith.

His passing is a great loss to his colleagues, to UCT and to the industry. He is survived by his wife and his son, who is currently in his 3rd year of studies.

Andrew had a long association with UCT. After matriculating in 1985, he completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and then joined the Energy Research Institute (ERI) as a researcher where obtained his MSc in 1996 with Professor Dutkiewicz. His MSc dissertation examined the efficient use of energy in the SA Clay Brick industry. In the following years he spent time in various industries on the efficient utilisation of energy including waste and energy recovery, efficient use of steam, solar viability studies and general sustainability. In 2001, he completed a PG Dip IS at UCT and, still staying within the energy sphere, spent some seven years in the IT sector for the oil industry and a further two years in the area of engineering risk evaluation.

In 2008, Andrew returned to the Energy Research Centre, first as a Senior Research Officer, then from January 2010 onwards as the leader of the Energy Efficiency Group and finally in April 2018 he served as the Acting Director. He co-ordinated and taught the group’s EEDSM course for the ERC’s MSc programme and subsequently supervised many of the students and reviewed papers for the ERC’s Journal of Energy in Southern Africa (JESA). Andrew became a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified M&V Professional (CMVP) and also trained to Expert Level with UNIDO/NCPC on implementing ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems.

The ERC would like to extend most sincere condolences to his friends and family. 

Visit Andrew's staff page here