UTM as an entrepreneurial research university is committed towards intensifying efforts in seeking creative and innovative solutions for energy savings through a culture of conservation. These efforts continue to be accentuated by the university’s Sustainability Research Alliance which aims to enable Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to function as a sustainable community, embodying responsible resource consumption and waste management, as well as
integrating UTM talents and experts from various disciplines to comprehend and provide solutions in matters related to sustainability issues, nationally and globally.
In view of the current global scenario with rising energy demand and diminishing supply which have resulted in volatile energy prices, sustainable energy initiatives are becoming more significant in reducing an organization’s operating costs. Typically, energy efficiency measures employed by organizations tend to be in the form of energy audits and implementation of energy-saving measures, which are largely technical by nature and aimed at containing the effects of rising energy costs.
UTM, however, has adopted a holistic approach for effective and sustainable energy management that is all-inclusive and multi-disciplinary by nature, achieved through the UTM Sustainability Energy Management Program (SEMP).
UTM SEMP incorporates managerial, capacity building as well as technical aspects, ranging from the integration
of energy management into UTM’s organizational structure and practices, like promoting maximum demand management, to the implementation of a wide range of energy improvement options, like retrofitting lighting fixtures and air-conditioning systems.
Through the implementation of this holistic approach, UTM managed to achieve more than 10% reduction in its energy efficiency index (EEI) for the year 2012 and 2013 in comparison to the baseline year of 2009. This is equivalent to a cumulative savings of 21 million kWh, or a total monetary savings of RM 6.6 million between the year 2010 and 2013, since the implementation of the UTM Sustainable Energy Management Program.
With concerted effort of all parties involved, UTM SEMP has yielded some commendable and significant results.
UTM now has 30 Certified Energy Managers. The university is also the proprietary owner of the in-house
Electrical Billing Management System (EBMS) that monitors the electrical consumption of each building in UTM.
In 2013, UTM was awarded the Energy Management Gold Standard (EMGS) 2nd Star rating under the ASEAN Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS). This is the first ever 2nd Star recognition awarded to any organization in ASEAN.
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