Malaysia Needs More Energy Managers, Says Energy Commission

Posted on July 20, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

PUTRAJAYA, July 19 (Bernama) — Malaysia needs more registered electrical energy managers (REEMs) to advise companies on effective use of energy, says Energy Commission’s (EC) chief executive officer, Ahmad Fauzi Hasan.

He said currently there were 152 REEMs registered with the commission to assist about 1,500 companies who had bigger electricity installations.

Under the Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulation 2008, any installation that generates or consumes more than three million kWh in six consecutive months, is mandatory to appoint a REEM.

“About 500 companies failed to report to us after consuming more,” Ahmad Fauzi told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of Asean Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS) and conference here.

Secretary-general of Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Loo Took Gee, launched the AEMAS and the conference.

AEMAS is the first regional certification system for energy managers and energy end-users, funded by the European Union under the Switch-Asia Programme.

It is currently being implemented by the Asean Centre for Energy in eight Asean member countries — Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Asean Plan Action for Energy Cooperation’s cumulative target is to reduce the region’s energy intensity by eight per cent (based on 2005 level) by 2015.

Meanwhile, Green Technology Corp’s chief executive officer, Dr Nazily Mohd Noor, said up to May this year, 160 local energy managers had been trained under the scheme.

“We have the key performance indicator of producing 500 energy managers by 2014,” he said, adding that Green Technology Corp, also known as GreenTech Malaysia, has been appointed as the AEMAS Country Chapter for Malaysia.

“We are responsible for implementing all the role of AEMAS Country Chapter at national level from training local trainers and auditors, organising training and certification for energy managers, until organising promotion and awareness campaigns.

“All these initiatives are to inculcate a sustainable energy management culture,” he said.

Malaysia is committed to reduce emission intensity of gross domestic product by up to 40 per cent by 2020.

— BERNAMA

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