Industrial Sector

Mandatory Energy Management Practices for Existing Industrial Facilities

About Mandatory Energy Management Practices for Existing Industrial Facilities

With effect from 22 April 2013, energy intensive companies in the industry sector are required under the Energy Conservation Act (ECA) to register with the National Environment Agency (NEA) within 6 months of qualifying as a registrable corporation and to implement mandatory energy management practices.

A corporation is a registrable corporation if it meets the following qualifications:

  • It has operational control over a business activity which has attained the energy use threshold (54TJ of energy used per calendar year) in at least 2 out of the 3 preceding calendar years; and
  • The business activity is carried out at a single site and is attributable to one of the following sectors:
    • manufacturing and manufacturing-related services;
    • supply of electricity, gas, steam, compressed air and chilled water for air-conditioning; and
    • water supply and sewage and waste management.

Once registered, corporations will be required to implement the following energy management practices:

  • appoint an energy manager;
  • monitor and report energy use and greenhouse gas emissions annually; and
  • submit energy efficiency improvement plans annually.

With effect from 1 January 2020, a registered corporation under the ECA must, for each relevant business activity under its operational control, conduct an energy efficiency opportunities assessment for the relevant business activity, and submit an assessment report to NEA before the expiry of the respective assessment period. Registered corporation that established operational control of a relevant business activity on or before 2 June 2017 must submit its first assessment report by 31 Dec 2021 else the assessment report must be submitted within 6 years from the day the registered corporation established operational control of the relevant business activity.

Circulars and notices on requirements under ECA can be found here.

The regulations governing these requirements are:

Requirements for Mandatory Energy Management Practices

  • Registration of Companies

A registrable corporation shall apply to be registered within 6 months after the date on which it qualifies as a registrable corporation. An application to be registered as a registered corporation shall be made using the relevant form provided in the electronic service provided at https://www.edma.gov.sg.

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  • Appointment of Energy Manager

A registered corporation shall appoint from among its employees not less than one energy manager and notify NEA of the appointment of its first energy manager not later than 30 days after registration.

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  • Periodic Reporting of Energy Use

A registered corporation shall submit an energy use report by 30 June of each year, which shall cover each business activity under the operational control of the registered corporation. The report shall be made using the relevant form provided in the electronic service provided at https://www.edma.gov.sg

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  • Energy Efficiency Improvement Plan

A registered corporation shall be required to submit an energy efficiency improvement plan by 30 June of each year, covering each business activity under the operational control of the registered corporation. The plan shall cover a period of not less than 1 year and not more than 5 years, and made using the relevant form provided in the electronic service provided at https://www.edma.gov.sg

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  • Energy Management System

A registered corporation shall, for each relevant business activity under its operational control, be required to implement an energy management system, and submit either (a) an energy management system report no earlier than 12 months and at least 6 months before the last day of the assessment cycle or (b) a valid and accredited ISO 50001 certification . Subsequent assessment cycle follows a three-year period, and the submission shall be made through the electronic service provided at https://www.edma.gov.sg

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  • Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessment

A registered corporation shall, for each relevant business activity under its operational control, be required to conduct an energy efficiency opportunities assessment, and submit an assessment report to NEA before the expiry of the respective assessment period. Each relevant business activity shall have an assessment period of not more than 6 years, and the assessment report shall be made using the relevant form provided in the electronic service at https://www.edma.gov.sg

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  • Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for Water-Cooled Chilled Water Systems

A registered corporation with water-cooled chilled water systems installed shall be required to submit a first report by 1 December 2025 to show that its operating chilled water system performance meets the MEES threshold and its M&V system is accurate. Other existing industrial facilities that are not regulated under the ECA will be required to conform to MEES and submit a first report by 1 December 2029.

After the approval of the first report, key performance data of the chilled water system will have to be reported on a periodic basis to demonstrate that the operating system performance is maintained.

 
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Key Milestones to Note