Record number of recipients for this year’s energy efficiency awards
- POSTED: 09 Oct 2013 17:00
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Eighteen companies, public agencies and individuals received recognition for their efforts in improving energy efficiency at the Energy Efficiency National Partnership Awards 2013.
SINGAPORE: A total of 18 companies, public agencies and individuals received recognition for their efforts in improving energy efficiency at the Energy Efficiency National Partnership Awards 2013.
This is the highest number of winners recorded since the launch of the awards, two years ago.
The number of award nominations received this year increased by more than 30 per cent, compared to last year.
The awards is an effort by three public agencies -- the National Environment Agency (NEA), Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA) -- to encourage sustained energy efficiency improvements in the industry and public sectors.
One of two recipients for this year’s Outstanding Energy Managers award is Mr Quah Han Song, senior facility engineer and energy manager at Infineon Technologies Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
The award recognises outstanding energy managers who led energy efficiency improvements across the organisation, and played a crucial role in promoting such initiatives in the organisation.
Some of the tasks Mr Quah does as an energy manager in his company, are looking out for equipment with heavy energy usage like the chillers and air compressors, and helping to lower their energy consumption.
Appointed to the role earlier in April, Mr Quah says it has not been easy getting buy-in from his co-workers, as the money saved do not go directly into their pockets.
So his team of energy ambassadors came up with an idea.
Mr Quah said: "This year we have this competition where we actually track the amount of energy each department uses. And at the end of the year, we actually have some awards for them."
Meanwhile, an alternative solution to incentivise employees to be energy efficient was brewed over at Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore.
Mr André van Schuijlenburg, head of supply chain at Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore, said: "We have the bonus payment, (and) part of it is linked to energy efficiency."
The company received the Excellence in Energy Management award, which recognises companies that have demonstrated a high level of commitment to excellence in energy management.
And its energy improvement projects have helped cut energy usage by almost 18 per cent -- some 35 megajoules per hectolitre -- in the past three years.
APB says it is not only the firm that has benefited.
Mr van Schuijlenburg said: "The more energy efficiency savings we can achieve, the better we are able to offset the higher input costs and the better we are able to maintain prices for consumers.
“Without these energy-saving projects, for sure, the prices would have risen quicker than they have."
Energy-intensive companies now have to meet requirements under the Energy Conservation Act.
This includes reporting their energy usage levels, submitting energy efficiency improvement plans and appointing an energy manager.
NEA said the requirements affect some 170 companies which operate around 200 large energy-consuming premises.