Need for constant review of energy saving plans


WITH an estimated increase of 40 to 55 per cent for global energy demands by 2035, the need for energy action plans to be continuously reviewed is paramount stressed Hj Jamain Hj Julaihi, permanent secretary (Downstream and Power) from the Energy Department at the Prime Minister's Office.

He was speaking during the 16th Annual Meeting of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-sector Network (EE&C-SSN) yesterday.

Hj Jamain noted that "Every single savings in energy consumption and carbon emission counts for a region with one of the fastest growing economies in the world," Hj Jamain said.

Representatives from the 10 ASEAN member states present for further discussions on current initiatives and plans for the 2012-2013 period, during the meeting which was held in the capital for the second time.

The EE&C-SSN meeting is the latest in a series of energy efficiency-focused meetings, such as the recently concluded 7th Meeting of the Board of Judges of the Best Practices Competition for Energy Management in Buildings and Industries and the 18th Evaluation Meeting for the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Best Practices Competition for Energy Efficient Buildings.

Chairing the EE&C-SSN meeting yesterday was Amaraporn Achavangkool, senior scientist at the Department of Alternative Energy Development at the Ministry of Energy in Thailand, who said in her welcoming speech that "a lot of programmes and campaigns have been implemented through the great spirit of all ASEAN countries" and the meeting was to be a "floor for all of us to look back at what we have done in the past, as well as to look forward to what we are going to do in the future".

Dr Hardiv Harris Situmeang, executive director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy, added in his opening speech that he personally believes bolder steps and actions such as enhancement and expansion of the current EEC measures need to be taken in order to reflect the interest and priorities of the ASEAN member states in the programmes.

Achavangkool also said that all efforts, including new initiatives and proposals through cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and United Nations Environment Programme, are a part of achieving the ASEAN target of an eight per cent reduction in energy intensity by 2015.

Furthermore, she believed this would aid in "even more success in promoting energy efficiency or at least maintaining the same level of success in our ASEAN community". - Ying Chia The Brunei Times

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