Secondary School Energy Efficiency Action Project

An 15-Month Awareness, Action and Result Monitoring Project for Secondary Schools funded by ExxonMobil Malaysia

SSEEAP Project

[ Background | Objectives | Methodology | Forms and Materials
| Comments from Participants | Results | Diary of Events ]

Introduction

CETDEM has been promoting sustainable development for many years. We had already studied the electricity consumption patterns of households in the ABC, WCPJ and CACCET Projects. The electricity consumption patterns were quite similar for all 3 studies.


Energy consumption pattern from WCPJ project


Energy consumption pattern from ABC project – Penang

Awareness and involvement of young people in energy issues is of vital importance for the future of energy management and environmental protection. It is time to get down to basics, and we now have the opportunity to bring our message to the schools.

With this in mind, CETDEM set out to design and implement an Energy Efficiency Project involving schools through financial support from ExxonMobil and collaboration with the Energy Commission and the Malaysian Energy Centre for the energy audit, project competition and evaluation.

The Secondary School Energy Efficiency Action Project (SSEEAP) is a 12 months project managed by CETDEM with the funding from Exxon Mobil Malaysia. This project is focused on energy efficiency and conservation practices in schools. SSEEAP is promoting energy efficiency to the students, teachers and staff to reduce their energy consumption in schools which is contributing to the green house gases (GHGs) that causing global warming and climate change.

For a school to become energy efficient is not a difficult task and the most basic measures do not incur any financial cost. An energy efficiency school can also be one that actively involves students in energy saving by way of education them about the benefits of reducing energy use.

Background

This project was proposed as a co-curriculum activity that would require participants from secondary schools as it was concluded that secondary school students would have the maturity to contribute more constructively as compared to primary school children. The project funder had also requested that the secondary schools selected for this project should be within the confines of Kuala Lumpur.

Ministry of Education gave their consent to run this project in secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur. The Ministry gave their consent based on a few conditions:

i. Participation by the school and students are based on voluntary basis;
ii. Student’s participation is based on approval from their parent;
iii. Organiser to ensure the safety and welfare of participating students;
iv. Students and teachers involvement must not affect the school learning periods;
v. Teacher(s) must accompany students in all activities.

Objectives

The overall aim for the project is to encourage Secondary School students (and teachers) in Kuala Lumpur to reduce their energy consumption so as to reduce the Greenhouse Gas emissions by taking measures to conserve energy and be more energy efficient in school.

The primary focus of the project at secondary school level (Form 1 to Form 6 (13 years – 19 years)) is energy awareness, energy monitoring and usage, energy conservation and efficiency, and application.

Methodology

1. Recruitment of participants

Beginning from September 2008, the project officer sent invitations to 24 secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur. It was only at the end of January 2009 that the five schools had been confirmed. The five schools that agreed to participate in the SSEEAP are:

SMK Perempuan Pudu
SMK Perempuan Methodist
SMK Victoria
SMK Seri Ampang
SMK Lelaki Methodist

The activities in these schools ran for 8 months starting from April 2009 until September 2009.

2. SSEEAP Committee

This project was introduced as a co-curriculum activity in school. Conditions for participating:

a. Establish a committee which includes students, teachers in charge and they also can include supporting staff or administration staff in the committee;
b. Recruit students from Form 1, 2 and 4. Form 3 and 5 are encouraged to join as long as this project activities did not affect their studies and examination preparations;
c. There will be a main committee for the SSEEAP which consist of 10 students;
d. Under this main committee, there will be 2 representatives from each class as RAKAN SSEEAP or Energy Efficiency prefect/warden.

3. Energy Efficiency Briefing

Two briefings were carried out in each school.

The first briefing was for the SSEEAP Committee. The Project Coordinator and Project Officer spoke on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change and introduced details about the project. Educational materials were distributed.
The talk and educational materials helped the Committee plan and carry out energy efficiency activities in their respective school.


SSEEAP Officer addressing the School Assembly at SMK (Perempuan) Methodist

The second briefing was for all students / teachers / staff in the school. This purpose of this briefing was inform them that their school was participating in the project / competition while giving them awareness on energy efficiency.

4. Energy Audit Briefing

The Project Officer gave a series of ‘How to Do Energy Audit’ briefings to teach the committee on how to do the energy audit and prepare the baseline energy use report for their school.

5. Energy Efficiency Competition

The energy efficiency competition period was from April till August 2009.

Each SSEEAP Committee was expected to:

- do their energy assessment based on previous year’s electricity bills;
- audit the schools energy consumption based on electrical appliances and location;
- come up with plans on how to monitor their school energy use;
- carrying out energy efficiency campaigns and activities with participation from all students and school staff.

5.1 Project Official Launch

CETDEM Chairman, Mr. Gurmit Singh, officiated the launch. Tuan Haji Mohd Shafie from Keramat Education Office spoke on behalf of Kuala Lumpur Education Department while Ms Grace Choo Sor Mooi, ExxonMobil Safety and Health Manager, spoke on behalf of the funder. All the five schools sent representatives. Staff from ExxonMobil and representative from Suruhanjaya Tenaga were also present.


Tuan Haji Mohd Shafie, Ms Grace Choo Sor Mooi
and Mr. Gurmit Singh light-up a touch-sensor bulb to signify
the beginning of the Energy Efficiency Competition

Official launching for the project was held on 15 April 2009 at SMK Seri Ampang.

5.2 Energy Baseline Audit Report Submission

The committee had to produce an energy baseline assessment by using the electricity bills or school meters and walk-through audit, where the students involved had to get the energy consumption of each appliances or places in school.

5.3 Mid Term Visit


Visit to SMK Seri Ampang by SSEEAP Project Officer

The Project Team met with each SSEEAP Committee at the mid period of the competition project, to discuss activities that had been carried out and to share knowledge and problems encountered.

5.4 Final Report Submission

The final report contained information about the electricity usage during the competition period. It also contained the details of measures taken and how much saving were achieved. The schools also presented the summary of their energy efficiency activities, which included the impact, school long term plans for energy efficiency and feedback from the teachers and students.

5.5 Final Report Presentation

Each SSEEAP Committee was given 10 to 15 minutes to present their report.

5.6 Award Presentation and Official Closing Ceremony

The Award presentation and Official Closing Ceremony was held on 12 January 2010 at Park Royal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. VIPS present were Encik Badaruddin Bin Mahyuddin (Senior Under Secretary (Energy Division) from Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water), Puan Roziah Noordin (ExxonMobil Exploration Incorporation Safety and Risk Manager), and Mr Gurmit Singh (CETDEM Chairman). Other guests were from Energy Commission, Malaysia Energy Centre, principals, teachers and SSEEAP Comittee student members.

Each school received a cash prize in relation to their final position in the competition. A special condition was set by CETDEM that the prize money was to be spent to further enhance energy efficiency activities in the respective schools.


Champions – SMK (Perempuan) Methodist

Position School Cash Prize
1st SMK Perempuan Methodist RM5,000
2nd SMK Perempuan Pudu RM3,000
3rd SMK Victoria RM2,000
Consolation SMK Seri Ampang & SMK Lelaki Methodist RM1,000


Runner-up – SMK (Perempuan) Pudu

A framed certificate was awarded to each school as a recognition for their effort in implementing the energy efficiency practices among students (and teachers) in the school. Each student and teacher also issued a certificate of participation.

Forms and Materials

1. Brochure
2. Poster
3. User Manual
4. interactive CD

Comments from Participants

SMK Laki-laki Methodist,Cik Salumah, SSEEAP Teacher in charge
“The Save Electricity Campaign organised by the CETDEM has been very beneficial to our school. It has helped in raising awareness towards the healthy practice of conserving energy and saving electricity. Apart from this, it showed us how to save electricity for example, by opening windows to let natural light stream in and fresh air to circulate without having to resort the electric bulb and the fan or air-conditioner all the time which guzzles electricity. It indirectly contributes to the care and concern for the environment in a concerted effort towards reducing global warming. It is our fervent hope that all these effort will go on long way in helping to preserve the environment.”

SMK Seri Ampang
“The students have shown positive attitude towards conserving the environment and they also learned how to appreciate nature. They realized the great responsibility to save the earth from being destroyed by greed and power.”

SMK Perempuan Methodist
“Through this project students learn, value and are aware of the importance of saving electricity”
“Students gain a lot of information on recycling, composting, trees around the school, indoor plants, recycle paper.”
“Simple actions like switch off the fan & the light and you are saving electricity and become energy efficient!”
“Don’t ask what other people has not done ask what you have done for our Energy Efficiency Action Plan!”

Results

The Energy Efficiency Committee for each school was in charge of energy efficiency enforcement and monitoring. The school administration also reviewed their existing energy policy and enforced new measures to reduce energy consumption during the energy efficiency competition period.

The committee also conducted energy audits to check on energy consumption and to identify the main energy consumers.

The average annual energy consumption for five participating schools for the year of 2008 showed that consumption pattern depends on the school holiday, festive season, tests and examination weeks and other events carried out in the school.

During the competition period, the schools enforced comprehensive rules and measures such as:
i) Enforce optimal use of electrical appliances and maintenance of major energy appliance such as air conditioner,
lights and fans;
ii) Limit the use of commercial-type air conditioner in schools;
iii) Fixing an automatic door closer for the air condition rooms;
iv) Use the air-conditioner at optimal temperature depending on the weather (22 degree Celsius -26 degree Celsius);
v) reduce the number of operating hours for appliances.

Long term policy

The schools that participated in the project benefited from savings via energy efficiency and increased awareness
on energy conservation among the students. The schools also established long term energy efficiency policy which include;
i) Maintaining the role of Energy Efficiency committee in school;
Ii) Adopting energy efficiency activities as one of the annual school activities;
Iii) Replacing and using energy efficiency appliances in order to achieve maximum saving; and,
Iv) Ensuring efficient use of water, paper and other resources in schools.

Diary of Events

Date
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Event
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1 Nov 2008
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Project begins
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11-15 Nov
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Send invitations to selected schools
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12 Dec
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Meeting with Principal of SMK (P) Pudu
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18 Dec


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Meeting with Principal and Senior Assistant of SMK Perempuan Methodist.
Send second batch of invitations to schools.
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20 Jan 2009

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Meeting with Senior Assistant of Victoria Institution and appointed teacher in charge.
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21 Jan

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Meeting with Senior Assistant of SMK Lelaki Methodist and appointed teacher in charge.
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23 Jan
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Meeting with Senior Assistant of SMK Seri Ampang and teachers.
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19 Feb

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Meeting with SMK (P) Pudu SSEEAP committee; distribute SSEEAP posters and brochures
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20 Feb

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Meeting with SMK Perempuan Methodist SSEEAP committee; distribute SSEEAP posters and brochures.
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23 Feb

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Meeting with student in SMK (P) Pudu during school’s morning assembly to launch the project in school level.
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25 Feb

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Meeting with SMK Lelaki Methodist SSEEAP committee; distribute SSEEAP posters and brochures.
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26 Feb

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Meeting with whole student body at MGS, for morning session & afternoon session; distribute SSEEAP posters and brochures.
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Mar



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Launch of project at school level
- SMK Lelaki Methodist during morning assembly;
- SMK Seri Ampang during morning assembly.
Energy Audit Briefing at SMK Lelaki Methodist.
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early Apr





















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Energy Audit briefing at SMK Seri Ampang, Victoria Institution, SMK (P) Methodist and SMK (P) Pudu.


Energy Audit briefing at MK (P) Methodist

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15 Apr

















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SSEEAP Official Launching


Mr. Gurmit Singh receives a mock cheque from Ms Grace Choo

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late Apr
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Schools submit their Energy Baseline Audit report.
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May


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1st Meeting with ExxonMobil, Energy Commission and Malaysian Energy Centre to discuss SSEEAP Judging Criteria and competition’s terms and conditions.
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Jul
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Mid-Term visit to the schools
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Aug

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Mid-Term visit to the schools.
2nd Meeting to discuss SSEEAP Judging Criteria and competition’s terms and conditions.
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Sept



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3rd Meeting to discuss SSEEAP Judging Criteria and competition’s terms and conditions.
Project Team visits schools with representative from Energy Commission and Malaysian Energy Centre.
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Oct

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Dateline for Energy Efficiency Final report. Evaluation for the competition final Presentation
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Nov to Dec
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Judging process
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12 Jan 2010
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Award and Official Closing Ceremony
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31 Jan 2010
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Project ends
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