Greater Collaboration between Industries and Individuals to Synergise Efforts in Embracing Energy Efficiency
Some 300 professionals to benefit from two new energy management programmes by NTUC’s e2i
10 companies, three individuals, three schools and a public agency were recognised earlier today for their outstanding commitment and achievements toward energy efficiency at the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards 2014 (refer to Annex A for information on the EENP Awards).
The winners received the EENP Awards 2014 from Guest-of-Honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, at the Awards ceremony on 2 October 2014. The recipients this year come from a wide range of industries, including petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, printing as well as marine and civil engineering. They were selected based on their excellence in driving industrial energy efficiency and leveraging best practices, while achieving significant energy savings.
“Every year, through the EENP Awards, we are able to identify a dedicated pool of energy champions who continue to drive and implement energy saving projects and programs in their respective fields. The EENP Awards not only recognise deserving organisations and individuals, but also serve as a platform to build new knowledge and promote sharing of best practices in energy efficiency. We hope that more industries will recognise the important role they can play in helping to shape a more sustainable and energy efficient Singapore. We congratulate this year’s winners and finalists for their noteworthy contributions and for being good role models”, said Mr Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Environment Agency (NEA).
The EENP Awards, jointly organised by the NEA, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA), aim to foster a culture of sustained energy efficiency improvements in the industry and public sectors. The three award categories are: (1) Excellence in Energy Management, (2) Best Practices and (3) Outstanding Managers of the Year. Selected public agencies are also recognised at the ceremony and conferred the Commendation for Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector.
This year's winners include Abbott Manufacturing Singapore Pte Ltd, City Developments Limited, Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd and HSL Constructor Pte Ltd (refer to Annex B for the full list of winners).
HSL Constructor Pte Ltd (HSL), a small and medium enterprise (SME) which operates in the fields of Marine and Civil engineering, clinched the award under the Excellence in Energy Management category. This marks the first time an SME has won under this category since the inception of the Awards four years ago. HSL Constructor embarked on its energy efficiency efforts in 2011, achieving a significant reduction in energy consumption by 37 per cent and attained the ISO 50001 certification in 2012.
This year also marks the first time joint recipients were awarded under the Best Practices category, namely Micron Semiconductor Asia (Micron) and Singapore Oxygen Air Liquide Pte Ltd (SOXAL). Micron and SOXAL co-operated on the Micron Fab 7 bulk gas energy efficiency project and achieved some 7.9 GWh energy savings. Winning the Award for the second time, SOXAL received an honourable mention last year for its project on nitrogen compressor optimisation.
The EENP Awards ceremony was followed by industry energy efficiency sharing sessions, where recipients of the EENP Awards and other industry energy professionals shared best practices, case studies, technologies and standards on energy efficiency and management. Throughout the day, there were also exhibitions featuring energy efficiency training providers, the latest technical innovations and other energy solutions. The EENP Awards 2014, together with the industry energy efficiency sharing sessions attracted some 400 participants.
300 Professionals to Benefit from Two New Programmes Supported by NTUC’s e2i to Catalyse Energy Management Solutions
Energy productivity and efficiency is an approach for companies to lower business cost and increase competitiveness. More than S$1 million has been set aside by NTUC's e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) to develop and train local Professionals, Managers, and Executives (PMEs) in energy management. 300 PMEs are expected to benefit in the next two years with two new programmes introduced to equip them with practical skills to implement energy savings.
The two new programmes are as follows:
- The SCEM programme, which is co-administered by NEA and the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), aims to equip programme participants with the technical skills and competencies to manage and track energy usage within the organisations they serve. The SCEM programme (Professional Level) comprises four core modules and two electives. e2i funds up to 70 percent of the SCEM training fee. Interested programme participants can approach the registered training providers, IES and Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), for more information.
- Energy Efficiency (Monitoring, Analysis, Planning and Solutions) or E2MAPS aims to equip PMEs with step-by-step energy efficiency techniques to conduct continuous review of activities for energy saving. This is the first of its kind programme offered by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). e2i will co-market and fund up to 50 percent of the course fees.
Mr Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i, said, “Energy management is a key function contributing to the operational efficiency of buildings and facilities. As such, e2i is working with partners to ensure professionals are equipped with the necessary skills. With structured training and techniques, professionals can improve energy efficiency and ensure that their companies are more competitive.”