Inaugural Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards [Press Releases]
For the first time, the industrial sector will be recognised for its efforts in implementing energy efficiency improvement programmes to reduce energy wastage and improve energy efficiency. Organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Economic Development Board (EDB), the inaugural Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2011 on the evening of 24 May 2011.
The Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) programme, a key recommendation of the Singapore Sustainable Development Blueprint to promote a culture of sustained energy efficiency improvements in industries, was launched on 29 April 2010.
Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive Officer, National Environment Agency, said, “Energy efficiency helps boost profits, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases. More and more companies see the benefits of implementing energy efficient practices while doing their part for the environment. Through the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) and the EENP Awards, we are providing companies with a key platform to exchange their expertise and best practices, while recognising those who have achieved high standards in energy efficiency. We hope more will join the EENP network and work with us to promote an energy efficient and sustainable Singapore.”
The inaugural EENP Awards aim to recognise the efforts and achievements of corporations and corporate teams in improving energy efficiency. There are three award categories:
i) Excellence in Energy Management,
ii) Best Practices, and
iii) Outstanding Energy Managers of the Year.
This year, six companies and one energy manager have been selected to receive the EENP Awards. In addition, two companies will receive honourable mention for their best practices in implementing energy efficiency projects.
Mr Christopher Dobson, Vice-President and Site Director of GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd), one of the companies to receive the EENP Award for Excellence in Energy Management, said, “We installed a sophisticated monitoring and targeting system which allows us to see our energy usage across the site in great detail. Our energy manager can use the data to identify potential areas for improvement. Combine this with excellent support from the site leadership team and engagement of all employees in energy saving as a priority, and you have the secret of our success. Since the start of the programme, we have implemented almost 300 projects large and small, and saved in excess of S$12.5 million up to the end of 2010.”
Pfizer Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, the other winner for the EENP Award for Excellence in Energy Management, has aggressively pursued environmentally sustainable methods and technologies to reduce energy consumption by at least 5% annually. Pfizer’s designated site energy champion leads a multi-disciplined team to drive the company’s energy management initiatives and raise awareness on energy conservation through regular communications with the employees, whose performances are linked to the energy efficiency improvement of the site.
In recognition of public sector agencies that have excelled in environmental sustainability efforts, the Ministry of Manpower will be presented with the “Best Public Sector Agency in Energy Management” Commendation. The commendation recognises an outstanding public sector agency that has demonstrated exemplary performance and commitment to energy management efforts and has been proactive in implementing energy efficiency improvements.
National Energy Efficiency Conference 2011
The inaugural National Energy Efficiency Conference (NEEC) 2011 is scheduled on 24 and 25 May 2011. Its main objective is to provide thought leadership in energy efficiency, bringing together energy efficiency experts and industry energy professionals to share best practices and success case studies.
The Conference will comprise three plenary sessions focusing on industrial energy efficiency policies and programmes, energy management systems, and high impact energy efficiency retrofits, together with separate tracks on energy efficiency opportunities in industrial systems, high-performance facilities, energy management information solutions and energy efficiency benchmarking for the industry.
Mr Pasquale Pistorio, the Honorary Chairman and former CEO of STMicroelectronics and a staunch advocate of environmental protection and corporate social responsibility, will be delivering his keynote address at the Conference on the importance of corporations and government institutions working together to promote energy efficiency and conservation. He is a recipient of 8 Honorary Degrees and numerous international awards for his lifetime achievements in pioneering environmental policies in STMicroelectronics.
As Singapore moves towards a more knowledge based economy with substantial government investment in R&D, more energy-intensive, hi-tech facilities such as laboratories and clean rooms which have special requirements and for which energy efficiency measures need to be specifically tailored, will be developed. The Conference will feature a delegation of five speakers from the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) from the US. The delegation will also conduct two half-day pre-conference workshops, focusing on the strategies and design practices for building sustainable, high performance and low-energy facilities such as laboratories and clean rooms.
EENP AWARDS RECIPIENTS
Category 1: Excellence in Energy Management
(recognises companies that have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in energy management)
1. Pfizer Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
The designated site energy champion leads a multi-disciplinary team to drive energy management initiatives and raise awareness on energy conservation through regular communication with employees. They have installed energy monitoring and tracking systems to track and quantify the energy savings of their energy efficiency projects.
2. Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd
The GlaxoSmithKline manufacturing facility in Jurong has in place an annual target to reduce energy usage by 5% in absolute terms since 2008. Since then, it has been exceeding the target every year. These are the results of the various EE projects and initiatives that the cross-functional energy management team at GSK has accomplished, since it was formed in 2002, with the blessing of the management and through the continuous engagement of all employees to save energy. The cross-functional energy management team led by the energy manager meets regularly to identify energy-saving opportunities, and organizes energy conservation campaigns to promote awareness and sharing of best practices amongst staff. They have installed energy monitoring and tracking systems to track and quantify the energy savings of their energy efficiency projects.
Category 2: Best Practices
(recognises corporate teams that have implemented energy efficiency projects which have led to improvements in the energy performance of their facilities)
1. Ascendas Land (S) Pte Ltd
Project: Upgrading of chiller plant at The Galen
2. City Developments Limited (CDL)
Project: Retrofitting of chiller plant at the New Tech Park
3. Eastman Chemicals Singapore Pte Ltd
Project: Energy optimisation of distillation column
4. MSD International GmbH
Project: Conversion of motor driven pump to steam turbine unit for chiller water pump
5. Pfizer Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Project: Installation of tri-generation plant to improve energy efficiency
Best Practices (Honourable Mention)
1. Eagle Services Asia Pte Ltd
Project: Optimisation of heater tanks operation in cleaning line
2. Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd
Project: Recirculation of air in hazardous areas in production building
Category 3: Outstanding Energy Managers of the Year
(recognises outstanding Energy Managers who have demonstrated leadership in driving energy efficiency improvement across the organisation, and played an instrumental role in promoting energy efficiency initiatives within the organisation)
1. Mr Yeo Yee Pang, Engineering Manager, Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd
The amount of energy that Mr Yeo saved for the company is quantifiable and tracked through the Energy Management System, and he has a good track record of promoting energy efficiency within and beyond his organisation for 11 years.
“Best Public Sector Agency in Energy Management” Commendation
(recognises an outstanding public sector agency that has shown exemplary performance and commitment to energy management efforts and has been proactive in implementing energy efficiency improvements to their building equipment and facilities)
1. Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
The MOM facilities and project management team has retrofitted the chiller plant in MOM Building at Havelock Road to achieve high plant efficiency. They have also incorporated other energy efficient features in the building, such as photovoltaic sensors for perimeter lightings and energy regenerative units for lifts. The MOM Building has attained the BCA’s Green Mark Platinum rating. For the new MOM building at Bendemeer Road, the Ministry is equally committed to build-in energy efficient systems in the design phase so as to maximise the life-cycle cost savings and reduce the overall energy consumption of the building when it is fully operational. The MOM Building at Bendemeer Road has also attained BCA’s Green Mark Platinum rating.