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A New Voluntary Partnership Programme To Promote Energy Efficiency In Industry

Published at: Nov 4, 2009
source: NEA Press Release

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Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) programme is a voluntary programme that seeks to help companies improve their energy efficiency.

Singapore, 30 October 2009 – In its drive towards an Energy Efficient Singapore, the National Environment Agency (NEA) will be introducing a new industry-focused Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) programme. EENP is a voluntary programme that seeks to help companies improve their energy efficiency by encouraging them to put in place energy efficiency programmes at the organisational level to reduce energy wastage and improve energy efficiency. This in turn will enhance their long-term business competitiveness and reduce their carbon footprint.

In Singapore, the industry sector accounts for almost 60% of total energy consumption with the more energy intensive sub-sector like the petroleum refining, petrochemical, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.  This sector has substantial scope for adopting cost-effective energy efficiency solutions, which can contribute to maintaining the overall economic competitiveness.

Launched by Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong at the Clean and Green Singapore 2010 on 30 October 2009, the EENP seeks to foster a culture of sustained energy efficiency improvement in industries and encourage continuous investments in energy efficiency over the long term.

It will augment NEA’s current basket of energy efficiency-related schemes for industries amounting to $40.5 million such as the Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Scheme (EASe), Grant for Energy Efficient Technologies (GREET), Design-for-Efficiency (DfE) Scheme and the Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) training grant.

Details of Energy Efficiency National Partnership Programme

Under the EENP, companies will be encouraged to closely work with NEA to form project teams on energy management within their organisations to undertake and implement energy efficiency improvement projects.  A framework will also be provided by NEA to train the energy management teams to raise their knowledge, capability and competency in energy efficiency.

NEA will also provide a platform for sharing energy efficiency best practices and according recognition to companies and corporate energy management teams for their efforts in improving energy efficiency.

The three main components of EENP programme are:

a)  EENP learning network
The learning network allows companies to learn and share energy efficiency ideas, strategies, technologies, best practices, standards and case studies.  This will be achieved through activities such as senior management forums, conferences, technical workshops, energy efficiency benchmarking studies and learning journeys. 

b)  EENP recognition scheme
An awards ceremony will be held annually by NEA to accord recognition to (1) companies that have introduced excellent energy management practices and demonstrated tangible results, and (2) employees and corporate teams that have implemented good energy efficiency projects. 

c) High-Level Committee on EE Partnerships
NEA will form a high-level 3P Steering Committee chaired by SPS Amy Khor, comprising industry reps, experts and policy makers to spearhead the EE partnership and EE awards. The committee will be assisted by a resource panel comprising experts in various fields of EE. (More details will be provided at a later date.)

‘Companies know their own operations best. NEA wants to work with companies to promote greater awareness of energy efficiency and adoption of energy efficiency practices through better sharing of best practices within and across industry sectors. With this programme, we hope to help industry reduce their energy consumption, achieve better savings and improve their competitiveness, thus demonstrating the value of sustainable development,” said Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive Officer, National Environment Agency.

Additional Info

Singapore has committed to achieve a 35% reduction in energy intensity (consumption per dollar GDP) in 2030 from 2005 levels under the Sustainable Development Blueprint.

In order to achieve these targets, the government is implementing long-term measures to improve energy efficiency and cut energy waste.  For the household sector, NEA has implemented mandatory energy labelling for major energy consuming home appliances and is studying the introduction of minimum energy efficiency requirements for air-conditioners and refrigerators in order to minimise the life-cycle costs of ownership. In the building sector, the BCA has introduced minimum energy performance requirements for new and retrofitted buildings under the Green Mark Scheme and is considering measures to make the existing building stock more energy efficient.  LTA is focusing on energy efficient public transport as the preferred mode of travel and is investing in rail and bus infrastructure to shift the passenger transport mode from private cars to public transport. 

In order to foster continuous investments in energy efficiency over the long term, NEA maintains a close working relationship with industry.  As the industry sector is diverse, NEA must reach out and understand each company’s unique attributes as these have a strong influence on how it considers and makes its investment decisions.

The EENP would help in NEA’s efforts to engage companies at all levels from senior management to the rank and file.  The idea of setting up such a partnership was mooted by the Industry Subcommittee of the National Climate Change Committee chaired by SPS/MEWR with the intent of encouraging more energy efficiency projects in industry.

For more information, please contact
Call Centre: 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632)
Email: Contact_NEA@nea.gov.sg

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