Singapore, Indonesia to legally mandate energy conservation
Singapore’s parliament passed a new Energy Conservation Bill on Monday to introduce mandatory energy management practices for large energy users in the industrial and transport sectors.
Coincidentally, the move comes only days after an announcement that neighbouring Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is about to follow through on his promise last year to issue a presidential decree on energy conservation.
In Singapore, from next year, all large energy users in the industry and transport sectors that consume more than 15-GWh of energy equivalent each year will have to appoint an energy manager starting, according to news agencies.
They will also have to monitor and report energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and submit energy efficiency improvement plans.
The Energy Conservation Act will be jointly administered by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and the Transport Ministry.
The new bill consolidates several existing standards, including the Mandatory Energy Labelling Scheme and Minimum Energy Performance Standards for household appliances, and the Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme for passenger cars and light goods vehicles under the Environmental Protection and Management Act.
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishan, will oversee the measures for the industry and household sectors while the Minister for Transport, Lui Tuck Yew, will oversee the transport sector measures under the Act.
“The more we grow, the more we need to think of conserving energy and using it efficiently. Otherwise, we will pursue an ultimately unsustainable growth path,” said Dr Balakrishan.
“The key is to raise awareness among corporations and citizens on building and achieving breakthroughs in energy efficiency, and this has to be a national effort,” he added
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s minister/chairman of National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Armida Alisjahbana said a new presidential order on energy savings will be issued very soon beginning with government institutions, state enterprises, private parties and the public in general.
He noted that President Yudhoyono has given five directives to ministers, including the policy on the security of the revised state budget 2012 (APBN-P), the policy of non-tax state revenues in every line, gradual steps towards energy savings, the policy of domestic gas use to drive the real sector, and the improvement of investments supported by a conducive climate and regulations.