Singapore’s green efforts date back to the late 1960s when former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew envisioned Singapore to become a green city with a clean environment. By the late 1980s, Singapore had become the world’s renowned “garden city”, all thanks to efforts in strengthening health legislation, careful land-use planning and effective pollution control.
However, that’s not all. When environmental issues turned into a global concern, the Singapore government was sure that a major policy review was required and that’s when the Singapore Green Plan was born.
Till today, there are no shortages of new environmental initiatives aimed at ensuring Singapore growth without compromising its environment.
Enhanced Energy Conservation Act (ECA) for greater industrial energy efficiency
The ECA targets companies with business activities within the industrial sector that consume energy beyond the energy threshold of 54TJ of energy per the calendar year.
Higher minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) requirement for motors
With aims to reduce carbon emission intensity by 36% by 2030, MEPS for electric motors will be raised.
There are four energy efficiency classes of motors: standard (IE1), High (IE2), Premium (IE3) and Super Premium (IE4) and the benchmark will now be set at the premium level.
This means that inefficient motors will be phased out and companies can reduce their carbon footprint.
A more structured reporting and verification system
An energy manager will be responsible for monitoring and report energy use and annual emission and submit annual energy efficiency improvement plans to the National Environment Agency (NEA). This system will provide important industrial information for optimizing the 2019 carbon tax scheme.
Improve your energy efficiency with NEA initiatives
In their efforts to support the industrial sector, the largest energy consuming sector in Singapore, the Energy Efficiency Promotion Centre (EEPC) was set up to provide a convenient one-stop centre for providing industrial efficiency related assistance.
Here are three initiatives that you can tap on to begin your journey towards greater energy efficiency.
The objective of this fund is to support industrial companies in their efforts to improve energy efficiency within their business. Since 3 April 2017, NEA has rolled out a series of incentive schemes to support a wide range of energy efficiency efforts:
- Efficient design of new facilities and major expansion
- Energy assessment
- Energy efficient equipment or technologies
The grant application process has also been streamlined to help companies identify areas of improvements and apply for funding support with minimal paperwork.
The EENP is a voluntary partnership programme for companies that wish to be more energy efficient.
Participating companies can gain access to learning network activities, energy efficiency related resources, incentives and recognition to enhance their long-term business competitiveness and reduce carbon footprint.
In preparation for the upcoming changes to the ECA, this program serves to train engineering professionals who intend to take up the role of an energy manager.
By equipping them with technical and managerial skills such as energy auditing, financial advising for energy efficiency, energy management etc, participants will develop the competencies needed for managing and tracking energy usage for their company.