Singapore Firms take up Energy Efficient Practices

Posted on August 2, 2010 by derek

 

Renewable EnergyBy Christina Ng for My Paper

SINCE April, 77 companies here have signed up to improve energy efficiency and implement energy-management practices – an encouraging start, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).

These firms are participants of the agency’s Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) scheme, which organised workshops and seminars to help the companies understand how they can improve in areas such as industrial- energy efficiency, waste heat recovery and energy-efficiency financing.

Technology firm 3M Singapore is one company that has benefited from these workshops. Its plant engineering manager, Mr Kerh Chwee Peng, told my paper: “After a recent workshop, we started to look actively for opportunities to manage energy through heat-recovery systems within our plants.

“For example, we are now exploring ways to recycle the heat produced by refrigerators in our kitchens.

“In addition, we were introduced to vendors and consultants through the workshop, and this will be a great help in our sourcing efforts in this area.” Indeed, the EENP scheme will prove increasingly relevant to local firms in the near future.

At the two-day National Sustainability Conference, which began at Amara Hotel yesterday, Dr Amy Khor, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Water Resources, said that schemes such as the EENP will help firms make a smooth transition from wasting energy unwittingly, to the adoption of practices with more rigorous future demands.

She added that her ministry is preparing to introduce an Energy Conservation Act that will come into force in 2013. Under the Act, large energy users – especially those which consume more than 15 gigawatts yearly – will be required to appoint an energy manager, monitor and report their energy use to NEA, and develop and submit their energy-efficiency improvement plans annually.

The EENP is also in line with the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint introduced in April last year, which aims to improve energy efficiency by 35 per cent, from levels seen in 2005.

“We want to do more with less,” said Dr Khor. For pharmaceutical and health-care company Glaxo- SmithKline (GSK) Singapore, the EENP scheme has helped it to go further down the path of energy conservation.

“The EENP is aligned to our company’s belief in energy conservation,” said a spokesman for GSK.

The firm has set up an energy- monitoring system that helps it to identify areas in its office building and various processing areas that use a lot of energy.

The company will then work out ways to reduce energy consumption in those areas.

Besides the EENP, the NEA also has in place initiatives like the Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Scheme, the Grant for Energy Efficient Technologies and the Singapore Certified Energy Manager training grant, to develop Singapore’s sustainability.

Yesterday’s conference, which attracted 130 participants, discussed various sustainable strategies for Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.

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This is certainly an excellent start, and hopefully, we can finally forward from that.

Agree?

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