More Organisations and Individuals Commended for Taking the Lead to Improve Energy Efficiency
Second National Energy Efficiency Conference to Showcase Energy Efficiency as a Business Opportunity
Eight companies and two public sector agencies, as well as two individuals will be recognised for their efforts in implementing energy efficiency improvement programmes to reduce energy wastage and improve energy efficiency at the second Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards Ceremony. Among them are four companies that will receive the Excellence in Energy Management Award, double the number of award recipients last year for the same award. Organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the launch of the National Energy Efficiency Conference (NEEC) 2012 this evening.
Energy Efficiency National Partnership Awards
The EENP Awards, presented by this year’s Guest-of-Honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, aim to recognise the efforts and achievements of corporations and individuals in improving energy efficiency. There are three award categories:
Category 1: Excellence in Energy Management
This award recognises companies that have demonstrated a high level of commitment to excellence in energy management. The four award recipients under this category are:
HGST Singapore Pte Ltd
Natsteel Holdings Pte Ltd
Wyeth Nutritionals (Singapore) Pte Ltd, part of Pfizer
Novartis Singapore Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Pte Ltd
Category 2: Best Practices
This award recognizes corporate teams whose implementation of EE projects have led to improvements in the energy performance of their facilities. The four recipients (three award winners and one Honourable Mention) under this category are:
Aventis Pharma Manufacturing Pte Ltd
Pfizer Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
International Engine Components Overhaul Pte Ltd
*Best Practices (Honourable Mention)
- Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd
Category 3: Outstanding Energy Managers of the Year
This award recognises outstanding Energy Managers (EMs) within the organisation who have demonstrated leadership in driving Energy Efficiency (EE) improvements across the organisation, and who have played an instrumental role in promoting EE initiatives within the organisation. The award recipients under this category are:
Mr Ping Chay Soon, GlobalFoundries Singapore Pte Ltd
Mr Rangaswamy Premkumar, Eastman Chemical Singapore Pte Ltd
NatSteel Holdings is one of the recipients of the EENP Excellence in Energy Management Award. The company is one of the first companies to attain ISO50001 certification which attests to its commitment in energy management.
NatSteel’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, in terms of tonnes of CO2 per tonne of crude steel, was reduced by about 7.5 per cent between FY2010 to FY2012 . Natsteel has one of the most energy efficient electric arc furnace plants in the world, and aims to reduce CO2 emissions to 0.4 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of crude steel by 2020. For more details on NatSteel’s energy efficiency initiatives, please refer to Annex A.
The National Institute of Education (NIE) and Woodgrove Secondary School will also be presented with the “Best Energy Efficiency Practices for Public Sector Agencies” Award. This commendation recognises outstanding public sector agencies that have demonstrated exemplary performance and commitment to energy management efforts and have been proactive in implementing energy efficiency improvements.
Chief Executive Officer of National Environment Agency, Mr Andrew Tan said, “Energy efficiency makes good business sense and is an opportunity for businesses to lower energy costs while Singapore benefits from greater energy efficiency and reduced energy demand. A total of 125 organisations have come on board the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) since the programme was launched in 2010, and we commend them for their efforts in achieving high standards in energy efficiency. We encourage more companies to come forward and work with us to promote an energy efficient and sustainable Singapore.”
National Energy Efficiency Conference 2012
The second National Energy Efficiency Conference (NEEC) will take place from 18 to 20 September 2012. Its main objective is to provide thought leadership in energy efficiency, and bring together energy efficiency experts and industry energy professionals to share best practices and successful case studies. The focus for this year’s conference is “Energy Efficiency as a Business Opportunity” and participants can expect to learn about cost-effective energy efficiency practices, likely opportunities for energy efficiency, case studies of companies that have become more energy efficient, tools, technologies and policies.
Energy Efficiency Support Office
To assist companies in identifying and implementing energy efficiency initiatives, as well as adopting energy efficiency best practices, a one-stop online centre, the Energy Efficiency Support Office (EESO), will be launched. More information on the EESO will be announced when ready.
Improving Energy Efficiency for Households
Energy efficiency for the household sector will also improve when NEA tightens the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for household air-conditioners and refrigerators on 1 September 2013, to remove less efficient models from the market. Households can expect energy cost savings from purchasing and running the more efficient models over their lifecycles. Please see Annex B for more information on MEPS.
Currently, for air-conditioners with variable speed compressors (commonly known as inverter air-conditioners), the Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme (MELS) applies only to cooling capacities of up to 10kW. From 1 Sep 2013, MELS will be extended to inverter air-conditioner models with cooling capacities of up to 17.6kW . MEPS will also be extended to large capacity inverter air-conditioners with cooling capacities of up to 17.6kW .
Members of the public can check for more information on the cost savings of using more energy efficient appliances through the E2 Singapore website (www.e2singapore.gov.sg) and the mobile application (apps) Lifecycle Cost Calculator.
Source: National Environment Agency