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New scheme to certify engineers to conduct Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessments

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) have jointly launched a new scheme to certify engineers for their technical expertise and experience in improving the energy performance of industrial processes, systems and equipment.

Announced at at the 8th edition of the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, the National Agency Environment (NEA) stated that this will qualify them to conduct Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessments (EEOAs) for energy-intensive industrial facilities.

The scheme builds up a pool of competent engineers to help industrial companies regulated under the Energy Conservation Act (ECA) assess the energy performance of their facilities and processes, and identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvement opportunities, the authority said.

NEA added that energy efficiency is one of the key strategies to reduce carbon emissions from the industrial sector, which accounts for about 60 per cent of Singapore’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Through this certification scheme, NEA hopes to build a pipeline of engineers who specialise in industrial energy efficiency to support companies to improve the energy performance of their energy intensive industrial facilities.

Under the scheme, prospective EEO Assessors will be evaluated by a panel of qualified professionals, appointed by NEA and IES, from industry, academia and the public sector. The panel will assess the applicants’ competencies and experience to lead and conduct EEOAs in accordance with international standards such as ISO 50002- Energy Audits. The IES will manage an online register of these certified EEO Assessors to facilitate the matching of independent assessors to companies seeking external expertise.

As EEO Assessors are qualified professionals who have deep expertise in their fields, NEA has worked with the Chartered Engineer Board (CEB) of IES to recognise the expertise of EEO Assessors to be Chartered Engineers under the energy sector. The certification scheme is open for applications and interested engineers can apply at EEOA website.

“EEO Assessors are engineers who have a unique blend of industrial experience and energy management expertise. They will play a crucial role in helping companies evaluate the energy performance of their processes, systems and equipment, and recommend engineering solutions for energy efficiency improvements. We hope that the certification and recognition scheme will inspire practising engineers, and those aspiring to be one, to build a career in energy efficiency to support Singapore’s journey towards a low-carbon future”, said Dr Khor, who was the guest of honour for the 2018 EENP Awards, held at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability.