Centre For Environment, Technology And Development Malaysia

Sustainable Energy

CETDEM's Current Projects

ABC - Increasing Awareness & Building Capacity of Urban Malaysians on Sustainable Energy Options

CETDEM is currently running a project funded by the UNDP/GEF on raising the awareness of urban Malaysians towards the potential for sustainable energy usage through energy efficiency and renewable energy. This project, which began in April 2003, involves five towns across Malaysia; Petaling Jaya, Ipoh, Kuantan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Through this project, we hope to expose Malaysians to the potential for sustainable energy usage and guide them to act to reduce their energy consumption.

The project is in its final stage and will end in February 2006.

Working with the Community on Energy Efficiency at Household Level in Petaling Jaya (WCPJ)

CETDEM is embarking on an exciting follow through of ABC.

WCPJ will complement and add to the experience and knowledge base created through ABC. Petaling Jaya has been selected for this project.

CETDEM will work with Resident Associations (RAs) and Local Municipality (namely MPPJ) to identify 50 households. An Energy Audit (EA) will be carried out by each household to establish an energy consumption baseline. The EA will form the basis for future performance comparisons.

CETDEM will then formulate strategies and advise each and every household on ways to achieve Energy Efficiency (EE). Monthly assessment will be carried out on individual household to monitor progress.

WCPJ start date is 16th Jan 2006 and will continue till end December 2006. More details will be made available as the project progresses.

This project is funded by ExxonMobil.

DDC - Demonstration & Documentation Center for Sustainable Energy Solutions for Urban Households

CETDEM, which always promotes the sustainable use of energy and energy efficiency, launched this project on 1st March, 2004. The aim of this project is to enhance public awareness on this issue by sharing information and demonstrating sustainable energy solutions. The main target group are urban households who have comfortable houses with air-conditioning and hot water supply. This project can educate Malaysians to contribute to sustainable development by promoting renewable energy as a "fifth fuel" and to increase awareness among urban households about sustainable - energy solutions. Danida is funding this project.

What is Sustainable Energy?

It means

  • Saving energy through better utilization and consumption. In other words trying to achieve maximum energy efficiency for any task
  • Using renewable energy instead of that from fossil fuels so that finite resources are not depleted and Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) generation is reduced
  • Optimising the match between primary energy sources and final end-use with minimal wastages & adverse environmental impacts.

By providing sustainable energy, we will improve the environment by reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, maintain natural resources by using renewable sources energy such as solar, biomass, wind and wave. Technologies using renewable energy are available and cost-effective in delivering power.

Energy Efficiency

What is energy efficiency?

Simply put, energy efficiency means using less energy to accomplish the same task. Take the example of boiling water, which option would save more energy? a) use an electrical kettle to boil water or b) use a traditional kettle using gas to boil water. Using a traditional kettle on a gas stove is much more energy efficient from especially system approach.

To be energy efficient is easy. You just need to monitor your use of energy. There are simple changes you can make around the house to save energy, which will save you money as well.

Why is it important?

More efficient use of energy throughout our country results in less money spent on energy by homeowners, schools, government agencies, businesses, and industries. The money that would have been spent on energy can instead be spent on consumer goods, education, services, and products.

As individuals, your home has a direct impact on the environment. Power stations that provide our electricity, generally burn fossil fuels to supply our energy needs. Cars and motorcycles also burn fossil fuels. By burning fossil fuels, large amounts of gases are released into the atmosphere, causing an increase in temperature. This leads to what is known as the greenhouse effect, which is causing global warming. In addition other air pollutants are also generated. All of which impact negatively on our environment.

By being wasteful in energy usage means more energy is being consumed. For example, a normal bulb requires additional units of energy compared to an energy efficient one. These additional units of energy mean more burning of fossil fuels. And this increases the polluting gases in the atmosphere. That is why it is necessary to identify the energy being wasted in the home, and make the necessary adjustments, that will not only help you save money, but will help preserve our environment.

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