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This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily on August 6, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Energy Awards (NEA) 2019 organised by the energy, science, technology, environment and climate change ministry (Mestecc) to acknowledge outstanding achievements and best practices in driving the country’s sustainable energy sector, has received overwhelming response from industry players.

Inaugurated last year as part of the ministry’s initiatives to drive and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy (RE) in Malaysia, the NEA this year saw 145 applications received, with 77 organisations qualified to participate in two categories — energy efficiency and RE.

“This year’s Category 1 received 17 submissions for energy-efficient buildings and 27 submissions for  energy management. For Category 2 — renewable energy, 33 organisations submitted entries,” the ministry said in a statement.

Winners in the energy efficiency category were chosen for implementing energy efficiency measures in buildings and operations through innovative designs, the ministry said. The RE category winners were selected for applying RE technologies such as thermal, solar or biofuels in their operations.

“Winners of the NEA will represent Malaysia at the Asean Energy Awards (AEA) 2019 set to be held in Thailand this September. Malaysia has been one of the main and strong contenders for the AEA and is expected to continue excelling this year.

“Nineteen NEA winners competed at the AEA in Singapore last year and 10 won,” it said.

Mestecc Minister Yeo Bee Yin said she hopes to see the NEA become the leading platform for sustainable energy industry players “to convene, network and share best practices”.

“It is on this note that I would like to see more industry associations and chambers to be part of the NEA. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the Malaysia Green Building Council and the Malaysia Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers for agreeing to be our partners,” she added.

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