October 31, 2007 (ChannelNewsAsia) – A new funding scheme, managed by a new taskforce called the Energy Efficiency Programme Office, may be set up to promote projects that are energy efficient.
Singapore has become more energy efficient over the years, but the National Environment Agency (NEA) said it is time to take a more integrated approach.
It is setting up a taskforce to coordinate efforts between the five biggest energy-consuming sectors – power generation, industries, transport, buildings and households.
These sectors are represented by the NEA, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Environment and Water Resources Minister, said: “We cannot do this at the expense of our economic growth. It’s important, but certainly there must be a better way in which we can grow economically and at the same time, use energy more efficiently. Now we are coming together, through this office led by NEA, so that we can talk to EDB and talk to the various players. I think this is an important platform for us.”
Lee Yuen Hee, CEO of NEA, said: “We are working very closely with the Economic Development Board so that when they attract investments into Singapore, we can work with them at the initial part when they are designing the plant of the factory to incorporate energy efficiency features.”
The new Energy Efficiency Programme Office will promote the use of efficient technologies, develop energy management skills, and build up research and development capabilities.
Dr Yaacob added: “Innovative technologies that are already available can bring about significant energy savings with no loss of utility, convenience or function. Energy efficiency is a practical approach to meeting our energy needs, while satisfying both our environmental and economic goals.”
The taskforce said its top priority is to create efficiency indicators that are relevant to each sector, and from there, it will build up a national picture of how Singapore is faring.
The NEA has created information booklets to spread the word on what energy efficiency is all about as part of a public awareness drive that will be rolled out next month.