Photo - (From left) Peter Cave, Malaysian Country President of Schneider Electric; Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water; and Nelly Yong Tau Lan, Managing Director of TUV Rheinland Malaysia during the award of the official ISO 50001 Standard.
Energy management firm Schneider Electric has signed an agreement with international certification agency TÜV Rheinland to drive adoption of the latest energy management practices by Malaysian businesses and enterprises with the ISO 50001 standard, which would help the country meet its Copenhagen promise to reduce 40 percent of its carbon emissions by 2020.
Schneider Electric Malaysia country manager Peter Cave said the collaboration would help to steer local businesses to the ISO 50001 standard as one of the key strategies to promote better energy management in the country and also positioned Schneider Electric and TUV Rheinland as among the first in Malaysia to offer end-to-end integrated ISO consultancy services.
"Through the collaboration, businesses can benefit from the combined expertise in both the technical and management systems aspects of energy management standards," he said. "This collaboration will advance and pave the way forward for Malaysia's businesses and enterprises to adopt the innovative ISO 50001 standard in their organisation."
Malaysia currently has one of the highest rates of power consumption per capita among emerging economies in the ASEAN region, said Cave. "Energy consumption is expected to grow by 4.5 percent in 2013, with demand stemming from strong economic growth."
"In an effort to help Malaysia meet its Copenhagen promise to reduce 40 percent of its carbon emissions by 2020, it is imperative for the business community to start adopting energy management systems to improve energy efficiency," he said. "Achieving ISO 50001 compliance gives businesses a competitive edge by enabling them to make better use of existing energy-consuming assets."
Voluntarily assisting the government
Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary-General of Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), who was present during the ceremony, said, "It is indeed encouraging that Schneider Electric is coming forward to voluntarily assist the Government in spreading the awareness of energy efficiency. I am happy to note that Schneider Electric Malaysia supports the Ministry's objective to increase the efficiency of electricity consumption in Malaysia."
"With Schneider Electric as a partner, we are looking forward to promote energy efficiency further to the Malaysian market," said TÜV Rheinland managing director, Nelly Yong Tau Lan. "TÜV Rheinland is proud to have qualified local experts in Malaysia who are well versed in the ISO 50001 energy management standard and are here to help clients with energy management standard certification, so they can make significant gains in energy efficiency."
"It is highly beneficial for businesses to adopt an energy management system (EnMS) within its organisation, as it improves operational efficiencies and maintenance practices while reducing energy costs via a structured approach through sustained and effective management of energy consumption," said Yong.
Schneider Electric's Cave said the collaboration between Schneider Electric and TUV Rheinland was well-timed as Schneider Electric's headquarters in Shah Alam became the first site to be certified ISO 50001 compliant by TUV Rheinland in Malaysia.
"The ISO 50001 standard is something we truly believe in, especially since it encompasses a robust management system that improves energy performance and clearly manages energy costs," he said, adding that Schneider Electric was recently recognised in several prestigious rankings, one of them being the 'Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'.
Since its founding in 1872, TÜV Rheinland has developed from a regional testing agency to an international provider of testing, inspection, and certification services. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the UN Global Compact for better sustainability and against corruption.
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