PHOTO - Peter Cave - country president, Schneider Electric Malaysia.
Awareness of realising business and ecological benefits from adopting energy efficiency practices is still low in Malaysia, according to power management solutions provider Schneider Electric.
Though Malaysia has taken large steps in implementing energy efficiency practices, awareness levels still leave much to be desired, said Schneider Electric Malaysia country president, Peter Cave. "Businesses need to realise that there are areas within their organisation that are power hungry and this can lead to higher energy costs per month."
"Through energy management practices, they can lower their energy costs up to 30 percent," said Cave. "These savings can then be used for other areas of the business to stay competitive in their respective industries."
Malaysian businesses need to rethink the way they consume energy by using efficient energy management as part of their overall processes and practices, he said. "These practices will not only provide savings on energy costs, but limit carbon emissions."
Cave said energy management started to gain traction in 1973 as a response to a sudden increase in energy prices and problems in energy supplies. "Over the course of the next 39 years, energy management practices have evolved to employ clean technology across all sectors of industries, homes and buildings."
In 2008, energy management standard ISO 50001 is designed for widespread use by industrial facilities, buildings, and other organisations. The standard potentially influences 60 percent of the world's energy use, said Cave,
Adopt ISO 50001
Energy usage has become an increasingly important issue in Malaysia, said Cave. "Currently, more than 1,000 companies who make up the highest consumers of energy in the country are required to employ an electrical energy manager. These individuals receive continuing education and are responsible for supervising the company's usage to conserve energy."
"Many do not realise that our current energy costs are heavily subsidised by the government and this can lead us to using more than we should," he said. "If we do not start conserving energy now, we will face an energy dilemma with rolling blackouts, which can lead to businesses being inconsistent in their service to their customers."
Cave said that The Hive, Schneider Electric's head office in Paris, was the first building in the world to obtain the ISO 50001 certification. "By using Schneider Electric's own energy efficiency solutions, The Hive was able to optimise energy consumption and maintain top-level building performance."
"Although Malaysia follows the Green Building Index that is awarded to buildings that are 'green', Schneider Electric hopes that the government will instill the ISO 50001 as another energy standard for buildings and homes aspiring to be green," he said.
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