Thailand Energy Awards
Policy measure

According to APERC (2010), the Thai government is promoting the creation of prototype networks via the Thailand Energy Awards among small and medium-sized enterprises that are active in energy saving.

Implementation

The Award was organized by the Department of Energy and Energy Conservation, Energy Department (DEDE) for the first time in 2000. The competition is divided into five categories: renewable energy, conservation of energy, creative energy project, personnel, the promoter of energy conservation and renewable energy (an educational institute, organization, mass media) (TBEC, 2011). The aim of the Award is “to show appreciation and recognition to those organizations who put into practice the energy saving policy” (SVP Magazine, 2011).


In 2010, one of the projects awarded concerned the “installation of tanks to trap condensate and use the steam as energy. [Another project involved] recycling waste steam to increase temperature and remove oxygen from water before the water is sent to boilers” (IRPC, 2010).

Challenges

Manan et al. (2010) have identified two challenges: First, as the returns of some energy efficiency project are unpredictable, companies might be reluctant to implement the project at their own expenses. Therefore, companies facing a lack of funding or subsidies may be discouraged from getting involved in the Award. Second, without proper promotion, the top management of a company may not be aware of the existence of an energy award, not to mention participating in it.

Outcomes

Manan et al. (2010) have identified the following outcomes related to the Award:

  • “At the company level, the energy award has provided a platform for participating companies to audit the energy usage of their organizations, identify the possible energy savings projects and ultimately increase the company profitability and productivity.

  • Surveys show that after having organized national energy awards, Thailand is better to promote EE and encourage industry to implement and share the best practices. It is found that the increased participation of other companies through replication and adoption of sustainable energy management system and other good practices towards energy efficient operation by industry provide a “domino effect” for other companies to follow suit and to start implementing the management and technical aspects of energy conservation in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of their factories.

  • Moreover, Thailand is the most frequent winner of the ASEAN Energy Awards for energy management project competition with a total number of wins of 10, corresponding to 47.6% of the competitions, from 2007 to 2009.”

References

APERC (Asia-Pacific Energy Research Centre), 2010. Peer Review on Energy Efficiency in Thailand: Final Report. Tokyo. Available at: www.ieej.or.jp/aperc/PREE/PREE_Thailand.pdf.


Manan, Z.A., Shiun, L.J., Alwi, S.R.W., Hashim, H., Kannan, K.S., Mokhtar, N. and Ismail, A.Z., 2010. Energy Efficiency Award system in Malaysia for energy sustainability. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 14 (8), pp. 2279-2289


TBEC (Thai Biogas Energy Company), 2011. TBEC won the awards from Thailand Energy Awards 2010 - On Grid category. Available at: www.tbec.co.th/e_news14.htm.


SVP Magazine, 2011. Sukhothai and Samui Airports win energy conservation awards. Available at: www.svpmagazine.com/2011/07/sukhothai-and-samui-airports-win-energy-conservation-awards/.


IRPC (Integrate Refinery Petrochemical Complex), 2010. IRPC Grabs 3 Thailand Energy Awards. Available at: www.irpc.co.th/?p=3399&lang=en.