- Increasing Awareness & Building Capacity of Urban
Malaysians on Sustainable Energy Options
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.
project is in its final stage and will end in February
with the Community on Energy Efficiency at Household
Level in Petaling Jaya (WCPJ)
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.
- Demonstration & Documentation Center for Sustainable
Energy Solutions for Urban Households
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
is Sustainable Energy?
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.
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.
is energy efficiency?
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
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.
is it important?
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.
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.
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.