ASEAN Energy Awards 2023 Report: Best Practices in Energy Efficiency and Conservation

26 April 2024

Executive Summary

The ASEAN Energy Awards 2023, as detailed in the report by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), showcase the remarkable progress made by the ASEAN region in enhancing energy efficiency and sustainability in the building sector. The report presents an array of the building sectors from different ASEAN Member States, each exemplifying the successful implementation of cutting-edge energy-saving measures and technologies. These initiatives underscore the region’s dedication to minimising environmental impact and improving air quality indoors. The integration of innovative solutions such as high-efficiency chillers, regenerative lifts, rooftop solar panels, and passive design principles has led to significant energy savings, reduced operational costs, and a collective contribution to global climate change mitigation efforts.

The report emphasises the critical role of retrofitting existing structures with more efficient systems and the strategic adoption of energy management systems (EMS) and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). These measures have been instrumental in optimising energy use and curtailing CO2 emissions. The widespread installation of rooftop solar PV systems marks a pivotal move towards energy self-sufficiency and the embracement of renewable energy. Additionally, the application of passive design strategies to enhance natural ventilation and diminish heat gain is particularly notable in tropical buildings, improving both energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

The report also highlights Zero Energy Building (ZEB) initiatives, which are particularly impactful for achieving carbon neutrality goals. ZEBs are designed to be highly efficient and generate enough renewable energy on-site to meet their own energy requirements, effectively reducing their net energy consumption to zero. This aligns with the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Phase II, which sets a target to achieve a 32% energy intensity reduction by 2025, against the 2005 level. The inclusion of ZEB as a sub-category under the Special Submission in the ASEAN Energy Efficient Building Awards reflects the region’s forward-thinking approach to sustainable development and its commitment to addressing the challenges of rapid economic growth and urbanisation.



Energy Efficiency and Conservation


ASEAN Centre for Energy

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