Understanding the Energy Management Maturity of Companies in Singapore

August 26, 2013 by  
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Singapore’s Energy Conservation Act, which came into force on April 22 this year, requires companies to take steps toward managing their energy consumption and improving energy efficiency.

In light of this new legislation, Accenture, with support from the National Environment Agency, conducted a qualitative survey of 100 energy intensive companies in Singapore, with the aim of assessing the maturity of enterprise energy management practices.

The findings are now published in a report, Driving Energy Management Transformation: A study on energy management maturity of companies in Singapore.

Feature Finding: People-centred components of energy management are less mature

The key finding from the report identifies that most organisations in Singapore are relatively less mature in the ‘softer’ people-centric aspects of energy management in comparison to their technological capabilities. These include organisational structure, defining roles and responsibilities, aligning rewards and incentives, and managing skills and training. Read more

2012 Guide to Singapore Government Funding and Incentives for the Environment

May 30, 2012 by  
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Updated 2015 Guide to Singapore Government Funding and Incentives for the Environment

Singapore is well-known as a clean and green city with the government striving for environmental sustainability while growing the economy. The government has also identified Environmental and Water Technologies (EWT) including Clean Energy as strategic areas where Singapore has a competitive edge and which could generate future economic growth.

To accelerate the growth of the environmental industry and to maintain Singapore’s image as a City in a Garden, the government has initiated several funding and incentive schemes related to energy efficiency, clean energy, green buildings, water and environmental technologies, green transport and shipping, waste minimisation, energy and greenhouse gas management, and environmental initiatives and training.

The funding and incentive schemes are provided by government agencies such as:

To help businesses understand what’s available, we have compiled a list of 35 government funding and incentives for the environment:

  1. Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Scheme (EASe)
  2. Grant for Energy Efficient Technologies (GREET)
  3. One-Year Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Energy Efficient Equipment and Technology (ADAS)
  4. Design for Efficiency Scheme (DfE)
  5. Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) Training Grant
  6. Clean Energy Research and Testbedding Programme (CERT)
  7. Energy Research Development Fund (ERDF)
  8. Solar Capability Scheme (SCS)
  9. Pilot Building Retrofit Energy Efficiency Financing (BREEF) Scheme
  10. Green Mark Incentive Scheme for Existing Buildings (GMIS-EB)
  11. Green Mark Incentive Scheme – Design Prototype (GMIS-DP)
  12. Green Mark Gross Floor Area Incentive Scheme (GM-GFA)
  13. MND Research Fund for the Built Environment
  14. A*STAR-MND Joint Grant Call
  15. Skyrise Greenery Incentive Scheme
  16. Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund
  17. Water Efficiency Fund (WEF)
  18. Fast-Track Environmental and Water Technologies Incubator Scheme (Fast-Tech)
  19. TechPioneer Scheme
  20. Incentive for Research and Innovation Scheme (IRIS)
  21. Innovation Voucher Scheme
  22. Innovation for Environmental Sustainability (IES) Fund
  23. One-year Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Highly Efficient Pollution Control Equipment
  24. Land Transport Innovation Fund (LTIF)
  25. Green Vehicle Rebate (GVR)
  26. Transport Technology Innovation and Development Scheme (TIDES+)
  27. Green Technology Programme
  28. Green Ship Programme
  29. Green Port Programme
  30. 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Fund
  31. Environment Technology Research Programme (ETRP)
  32. Quality for Enterprises through Standards (QUEST) Programme
  33. Clean Development Mechanism Documentation Grant
  34. 3P Partnership Fund
  35. Infocomm Leadership and Development Programme (iLEAD) Expanded

If we missed out any funding or incentive scheme, do let us know. Thanks! Read more

Cloud based energy management at BEX Asia 2011

September 15, 2011 by  
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Green Koncepts’ energy management solution is used to measure and monitor the live energy consumption of BEX Asia 2011, held in Singapore from 14-16 September at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. BEX Asia 2011 is part of the Singapore Green Building Week and the trade fair showcases the latest green building products and services from about 250 exhibiting companies from 30 countries.

Green Koncepts is a local green tech company providing innovative energy management solutions for enterprises and building owners across various industry sectors. At BEX Asia, Green Koncepts is launching the Koncepts Energy Management, a cloud based energy management system that offers real-time energy intelligence and control through a simple web user interface delivered via a cloud based infrastructure. Read more

Remote Energy Monitoring Web Service Launched at Schneider Electric Inspiration 2011

July 18, 2011 by  
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At the recent Schneider Electric Inspir@tion 2011 exhibition and seminars held in Singapore, Schneider Electric presented its latest energy management solutions. One innovative solution launched at the exhibition is the Remote Energy Monitoring (REM) service, a web-based service that allows companies to measure and report on the energy usage in a specified facility in Singapore.

The REM service is a web-based subscription service, and any company can simply log in to the service via a web browser, without using expensive equipment or additional manpower. The web browser can be accessed via computers, smartphones and even on iPads.

Users can use the REM service to monitor the energy consumption of a building, plant or facility, and have fine-grained information down to specific devices, departments, and time. With the information, companies can analyse the energy usage and implement measures to change user behavior and save energy. Read more

Conduct an Energy Survey to Identify Energy Saving Opportunities

May 8, 2009 by  
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clipboardAn energy survey is a simple assessment of the energy use in your organisation and the aim is to identify and correct bad energy habits and practices. Start by forming a small team to conduct the energy survey, appointing an energy manager as the team leader and recruiting staff from different departments as team members.

The team will conduct the energy survey by taking a walk around the offices, building and facilities to observe what is happening on the ground, identify bad and wasteful energy use and habits, and identify opportunities for energy saving.

The survey should be conducted at different timings so as to find out the different energy usage throughout the day and at different periods. Surveys can be carried out:

  • At a normal weekday during office hours
  • At busy and peak hours
  • At lunchtime
  • After office hours
  • During weekends

Use past and current utility bills, meter data, maintenance records and other energy information to help keep track of the energy usage in your organisation.

Here are some areas to take note of during the energy survey:

Office Equipment

  • Are office equipment left on standby after office hours and during weekends? Can we switch them off easily?
  • Does the computers, printers, photocopiers and other equipment have built-in energy saving features? Are we using these features and do we know how to use them?
  • Can we use software to switch equipment off after office hours?
  • Are vending machines and water coolers left on at night? Can we use timers to switch them off after office hours?

Lighting

  • facade-lightingAre lights switched off in unoccupied areas or if there is sufficient daylight? Can we reduce unnecessary lighting?
  • Can we use motion sensors for the stairs and carpark?
  • Are lights switched off when no one is in the room or office? Who is responsible to switch off the lights after office hours?
  • Are external and facade lighting switched off during the day? Can we adjust the timers to switch off the lighting earlier?
  • Are light fittings arranged strategically and light switches labelled properly?
  • Are we still using inefficient lighting? Can we change to energy efficient light bulbs and tubes?

Air-Conditioning and Ventilation

  • Is the office too warm or cold? Can we adjust the air-conditioning temperature up to about 25 degree Celsius or at a comfortable high temperature?
  • When is the air conditioning switched off and on during the day?
  • Are the windows and doors open when the air-conditioning is on?
  • Are the air-conditioning and ventilation system maintained and serviced regularly? Are the settings optimised and correct?
  • Are there obstructions at air inlets and outlets?

Industrial Equipment

  • Do boilers, pumps, fans and other equipment have the correct and optimised settings?
  • Are the equipment serviced and maintained regularly?
  • Are the equipment misused by operators who are not trained properly?
  • Are there any compressed air, refrigerant or steam leaks?
  • Are there opportunities to tap waste heat from equipment and exhaust gases?

successAfter the energy survey, look at the findings and decide what actions to take. Implement the no-cost or low-cost actions first, such as educating employees, changing habits and practices, proper maintenance of equipment, changing energy settings and removing unnecessary lighting.

Next, consider the higher-cost actions such as installing new energy efficient lighting and equipment, and using energy saving technologies.

Remember to keep the management and employees informed of the energy survey findings, actions taken and energy savings.

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