16 organisations, individuals recognised for being green at annual awards

SINGAPORE - Sixteen organisations and individuals were recognised for their commitment to green their work processes at an annual awards ceremony on Thursday morning.

The winners came from a wide range of industries, including petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and marine and civil engineering sectors.

There are three award categories for the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards 2014: Excellence in Energy Management, which recognises firms for setting energy targets and achieving sustained improvements over time; Best Practices, given to specific projects; and Outstanding Managers of the Year, a title conferred to individuals who galvanise employees to improve energy efficiency.

Public agencies are recognised separately, under Best Energy Efficiency Practices in the Public Sector.

Four firms were lauded for their commitment to energy management in the first category. They include healthcare technology firm Abbott Manufacturing Singapore, homegrown construction company HSL Constructor, property developer City Developments Limited and oil company Shell Eastern Petroleum.

For the second category, five projects undertaken by firms were rewarded. Steel recycler NatSteel Holdings, for instance, won for its Organic Rankine Cycle Waste Heat Recovery System - a technology that converts waste heat from its furnace to electricity used by its rolling mill equipment.

Three energy managers, including Mr Wong Tat Choon from Singapore Press Holdings' Production Division, were given awards for their leadership in driving energy efficiency improvement across the organisation.

The Housing and Development Board also clinched an commendation in the public sector category, along with Punggol Primary, Sembawang Secondary and Innova Junior College.

The award recipients received their trophies from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources at the annual award ceremony on Oct 2.

Now into its fourth edition, the event was held at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability in Jurong.

The EENP Awards are jointly organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Economic Development Board and the Energy Market Authority.

During the event, Dr Balakrishnan also announced labour movement NTUC's support for two initiatives that will further drive energy efficiency in firms.

The two initiatives - the Singapore Certified Energy Manager and Energy Efficiency (Monitoring, Analysis, Planning and Solutions) programmes - will be subsidised by NTUC's Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).

It is setting aside more than $1 million to develop and train about 300 local professionals, managers and executives in energy management over the next two years.Sixteen organisations and individuals recognised for being energy efficient at annual awards ceremony