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10th anniversary of the EENP Awards held digitally.

Singapore, 8 October 2020 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) presented 11 companies, organisations and individuals with the 2020 Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards today. The EENP Awards ceremony is a key platform that recognises Singapore companies and organisations that have adopted a proactive approach towards better energy management. This year, the 10th anniversary of the EENP Awards ceremony was held digitally for the first time due to the COVID-19 situation. Apart from the award ceremony, the event also featured sharing sessions by industry leaders, with topics ranging from the best industrial energy management practices to low carbon opportunities.

2          Established in April 2010, the EENP is a voluntary partnership programme to support and recognise companies in becoming more energy efficient, thereby enhancing their long-term business competitiveness and reducing their carbon footprint. The EENP was first founded with 49 partners. Today, the EENP has more than 300 partners that collectively account for more than 75 per cent of the energy consumption in Singapore. With elements such as providing energy efficiency related resources and Learning Events, the EENP has helped level up energy management practices for many local industrial companies.

3          The EENP also supports energy intensive companies which consume 54TJ or more energy per year in fulfilling their obligations under the Energy Conservation Act (ECA). From 2014 to 2018, with the implementation of energy efficiency projects, companies regulated under the ECA achieved an average annual energy efficiency improvement rate of 0.9 per cent. This was equivalent to an annual average of 247 kilo-tonnes of carbon abatement, or similar to removing more than 70,000 cars on the road per year.

2020 EENP Award Ceremony

4          This year, the 11 recipients were recognised under five award categories: Excellence in Energy Management, Outstanding SME of the Year, Best Practices, Outstanding Energy Manager of the Year, and Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector.

5          Mr Lee Kim Leng, the Energy & Sustainability Region Program Lead for HP Inc. was one of the recipients of the “Outstanding Energy Manager of the Year” award this year. Working with senior management and various business units within HP, he helped HP to establish baselines for the energy performance of high energy-consuming systems, assess HP’s carbon footprint and set new carbon reduction goals. Mr Lee also led regional energy saving initiatives and initiated several projects such as the installation of energy sub-metering data analytics for better energy management, optimisation of high-energy consumption systems and installation of new energy efficient equipment at HP’s manufacturing sites. In November last year, Mr Lee organised a two-day Energy Treasure Hunt for HP staff and external partners that resulted in the formulation of almost 80 ideas generating about S$56,400 worth of annual savings.

6          Another recipient of the “Outstanding Energy Manager of the Year” award was Mr Francis Tan Kok Vui, the Manager of Process & Operation Technology (Utilities & Logistics) in Technology & Optimisation Function for Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore Pte Ltd (PCS). Mr Tan and his team leveraged PCS’s existing strategies to improve the energy performance of its plants as part of process safety excellence. This helped PCS maintain its position in the first quartile of the worldwide Solomon benchmarking study among similar plants. Mr Tan also encouraged continual learning and sharing among PCS’ engineers and frontline supervisory staff through participation in local energy management energy conferences and seminars.

7          The “Excellence in Energy Management” award went to ZEON Chemicals Singapore Pte Ltd (ZEON). Globally, ZEON Group has set an energy target of 1 per cent energy reduction year on year and in Singapore, ZEON has set a goal to implement at least one energy reduction project every year. One of the key energy improvement projects completed by ZEON in 2018 was the reduction of electricity utilised during production line cleaning operations, which are carried out before the line is switched to produce a new product. This helped Zeon save up to 863 MWh annually.

8          Winners of the “Outstanding SME of the Year” include Ardentec Singapore Pte Ltd and Fuisland Offset Printing (S) Pte Ltd.  Ardentec started their energy saving journey in 2012. In 2018, Ardentec’s energy management system received the ISO 50001:2011 certification. Ardentec formed a dedicated Task Force to drive energy saving projects with the support and commitment of the top management, and set an energy saving target of 3 per cent year-on-year for these projects. Ardentec’s annual energy consumption fell by more than 7 per cent (equivalent to 0.8 GWh) from 2017 to 2019 despite higher production volumes. Ardentec previously received the EENP Awards under the “Excellence in Energy Management” category in 2017.

9          Fuisland’s executive and management teams oversee the company’s environmental and energy initiatives, track and monitor the company’s energy usage, and constantly identify opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. In 2019, Fuisland embarked on two projects to reduce its carbon footprint. The company installed solar photovoltaic panels to generate renewable energy for its printing process, which resulted in an annual carbon abatement of 71.4 tonnes (~170 MWh). This also reduced the overall amount of energy required to cool the building. The use of solar photovoltaic panels, as well as purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), enabled Fuisland to tap on 100 per cent renewable energy. Fuisland also retrofitted 178 lamps with energy efficient LED bulbs, resulting in annual energy savings of 13,584 kWh.

10        Please refer to Annexes A and B for more information on the awards and details of the recipients’ accomplishments.

Industrial Energy Efficiency Sharing Session

11        The virtual event also featured a sharing session by industry leaders such as Mr David Turk, Acting Deputy Executive Director for the International Energy Agency, and Mr Mark Schenkel, Managing Consultant for Guidehouse. Mr Turk and Mr Schenkel spoke on the transition to low carbon economy and decarbonisation pathways for Singapore industries. EENP Award recipients were also invited to share their experiences and success stories.   

12        Mr Ram Bhaskar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NEA said, “We are heartened that our companies are putting in substantial effort towards becoming energy and carbon efficient. For 10 years, the EENP has supported many manufacturing companies in their energy efficiency efforts by making available energy efficiency-related resources, through sharing best practices and according recognition. This has promoted a culture of sustained energy efficiency improvement amongst EENP partners. The collective efforts of many businesses and individuals are helping us build a more energy-efficient Singapore. I hope more companies will be inspired to follow the footsteps of the companies that have been successful and, together, we can play our part to fight climate change.”

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