Singapore walks away with 8 ASEAN Energy Awards [Press Releases]
A total of eight Singapore organisations have received awards at the 2011 ASEAN Energy Awards. This is the largest number bagged by Singapore since the Awards started in 2000. The Awards recognise efforts by innovative companies in ASEAN who promote and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
The winners are:
ASEAN Energy Awards – Energy Efficiency Competition (New & Existing Category)
(i) City Square Mall (1st runner-up)
This is the first mall in Singapore to be awarded the Building & Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum Award, and is designed with state-of-the-art green building features. To date, the mall has achieved electricity savings of more than 30 percent compared to similar buildings.
(ii) Bosch Southeast Asia Headquarters (2nd runner-up)
Bosch generates three percent of its monthly energy use through solar panels on the rooftop of its Southeast Asia headquarters building. With these solar panels and other energy saving features, Bosch now has an energy consumption of around 32 percent less than comparable industrial buildings over a 12-month period.
ASEAN Energy Awards – Energy Efficiency Competition (Retrofit Category)
(iii) The Galen (Top winner)
The new chiller plant, equipped with a state-of-the-art Energy Management System (EMS), has enabled The Galen to enjoy annual cost savings of $1.1 million. The building’s carbon emissions have also reduced by 2,700 metric tonnes annually.
(iv) Ministry of Manpower Headquarters (1st runner-up)
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) building was retrofitted in 2007 to incorporate several initiatives under a Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract. The move further reduced MOM’s electricity consumption for lighting by 50 percent and the overall heat load by 20 percent.
ASEAN Energy Awards – Energy Efficiency Competition (Special Submissions)
(v) Natflow Pte Ltd
The company’s “Innovative Heat Recovery” system recovers waste heat from air conditioning systems to produce heated water (60˚C). This system, which has since been installed in Changi General Hospital, has achieved annual savings of up to $150,000 and a reduction of up to 175,000kg of carbon emissions annually for the hospital.
(vi) Enhanced Air Quality Pte Ltd
The Single Coil Twin Fan system developed by the company has been installed as a demonstration project at BCA’s Zero Energy Building (ZEB@BCA Academy) and has resulted in total energy savings amounting to 14 percent of conventional air-conditioning system.
ASEAN Energy Awards – Energy Management Competition (Large Industry Category)
(vii) GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd) (1st runner-up);
The company has achieved significant energy savings with efforts from a cross functional energy management team. Since 2007, it has consistently achieved more than 5 percent energy savings year on year.
ASEAN Energy Awards – Renewable Energy Competition (On-grid Category)
(viii) Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd Singapore (1st runner-up)
Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd installed the innovative 250kWp grid-tied system that generates clean energy at Changi Airport’s Budget Terminal becoming Southeast Asia’s first commercial airport with a solar PV power plant. The PV panels also contribute to a reduction in air conditioning load by shading the roof from direct sunshine.
The companies received their awards at the 29th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held in Brunei today. Mr S Iswaran, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry, who attended the ceremony, commended the efforts of the companies, “The increasing number of Singapore companies receiving the awards is a testament to Singapore’s role as a ‘living laboratory’ for clean energy and energy efficiency solutions. We look forward to encouraging more of such companies to create and demonstrate their energy solutions in Singapore, before scaling up their commercial operations for the regional and global markets”.
The award demonstrates that Singapore companies increasingly recognise that there are vast opportunities to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, while achieving cost savings and increasing productivity. For example, this is the first time a Singapore-based company participated in the ASEAN Energy Awards – Large Industry Category of Energy Management Competition, and GlaxoSmithKline (Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd) emerged as 1st runner-up in the category.
To encourage more organisations to adopt similar energy management programmes and prepare for the introduction of the Energy Conservation Act in 2013, EMA will, together with other agencies in the Energy Efficiency Programme Office, work with companies to build required capabilities and adopt energy efficiency best practices.
Innovative energy efficiency and clean energy technologies needed for the region to balance its needs for energy security, environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness will be showcased at the upcoming Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2011, to be held from 31 October to 4 November 2011. Building on the theme ‘Securing Our Energy Future”, SIEW 2011 will see more than 10,000 industry professionals, policy makers and commentators coming together to discuss energy issues, strategies and solutions.