Singapore focuses on improving industrial energy efficiency

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Singapore is focusing on lowering the country's carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency of its industrial sector, according to the Business Times website.

Industry currently accounts for half of Singapore's energy usage, which means that by encouraging businesses to reduce their energy outgoings and boost their efficiency efforts, they can lower the entire country's overall environmental impact.

What's more, as well as helping the planet organisations who embrace energy efficiency will see their bottom lines improve, thanks to reduced operating costs, improved performance and increased productivity.

One of the initiatives on offer in Singapore is the voluntary Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) programme, which launched in 2010. As part of the scheme, companies can access useful resources, a learning network and receive added incentives - all at no cost.

Another strategy is to encourage companies to install energy management systems - such as the internationally-recognised Singapore Standard ISO 50001 Energy Management System - to help them set and reach energy targets, create an energy reduction plan and regularly monitor their energy usage.

Local business HSL Constructor Pte Ltd was one of the first Singapore companies to be awarded the ISO 50001 certification for its energy management system, which helped it to reduce electricity consumption by more than a third (37%).

Data-driven tools are another way that Singapore businesses can improve their energy efficiency. Energy management information systems (EMIS) allow users to track their energy usage and performance, show where improvements can be made and monitor the progress of energy efficiency projects.

Singapore also recently launched the Energy Conservation Act, which makes it compulsory for around 170 of the most energy-intensive industries in the country to put at least basic energy management practices into place.

The EENP programme also boosts awareness by regularly acknowledging companies who have made energy efficiency improvements. For the past four years, the annual EENP awards - organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA) - have awarded honours across three categories: Energy Management, Best Practices and Outstanding Managers of the Year.

Commenting on the NEA's efforts to boost industrial energy efficiency in Singapore, CEO Ronnie Tay explained that companies should "capitalise on technologies like the Energy Management Information System (EMIS) that enable individuals and organisations to plan, make decisions and take effective action to manage energy use and generate significant energy savings."

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