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 UTM has been officially announced as the first recipient of the Prestigious Energy Management Gold Standard (EMGS) 3rd Star rating under the ASEAN Energy Management Scheme (AEMAS) at the IGEM Event at the KLCC Convention Centre on 6 October 2016 (  UTM secured the EMGS 3rd Star rating in October 2015, 2nd Star rating and 1st Star rating on 29th January 2013 and 19th July 2011 respectively.  The EMGS Gold Star Award was handed to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) UTM, Professor Dr Azlan Abdul Rahman, by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Ir Dr Zaini Ujang.


The UTM advisor for Sustainable Energy Management (SEM), Prof Dr Zainuddin Abdul Manan told the press that, Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang himself was the strong advocate of the UTM SEM back in 2011, when he served as the UTM Vice Chancelor.  The SEM Best Practices and legacy was continued by his successor, Prof Datuk Dr Ir Wahid Omar.  The UTM SEM program is now strongly driven by Professor Dr Azlan Abdul Rahman Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) UTM, and Prof Dr Abdul Latif bin Saleh, the Director of UTM Asset Management Office. Prof Zain also informed the press that he attributed the UTM’s success to the strong support of the top management and the focused commitment of Resident Energy Manager Engr Masilah Bandi from the UTM’s Asset Management with the support of UTM Process Systems Engineering Centre (UTM PROSPECT of the Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering) and more than 40 Certified Energy Managers throughout UTM.  Prof Zain, the Dean of the Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering (FCEE) said that, FCEE itself contributed 9 Certified Energy Managers, 4 of which are also Registered Electrical Energy Managers (REEM). The UTM team has been instrumental in the UTM’s success.

This is the first ever 3rd  Star recognition awarded to any organisation in ASEAN that include companies, government institutions, universities and other public and commercial entities. The decision has been made after a rigorous energy management system audit conducted in UTM on the 28-29 January, 2014 by the AEMAS audit team. The audit findings certified that the UTM-Energy Management System has been continuously implemented, and more importantly, energy savings have been sustained through the establishment of energy policy, integration of energy management into the organisation’s structure and practice, research and development into creative and innovative energy management solutions, widespread technology dissemination and ultimately implementation of a wide range of energy improvement measures in order to sustain energy efficiency practices and hence, cost savings.

1-Star rating is awarded to companies that have implemented the energy management system, upon an audit by AEMAS auditors. Such companies have an energy manager, a company-wide energy management committee, and have implemented the entire energy management system. The Two Stars is awarded to companies that have shown improvement in their energy efficiency index resulting from implementation of energy conservation measures. The Three Stars goes to companies that have achieved and maintained their energy efficiency improvement for at least three years.

By embracing the culture of conservation, creativity and innovation and with the strong support from the top management, UTM has managed to achieve an average 10% reduction in its energy efficiency index from year 2011 to 2015 in comparison to the baseline year of 2009.  This is equivalent to a total savings of 35 million kWh or a total monetary savings of RM21 million between the year 2010 and 2015.

Year Total kWh GFA EEI % reduced from baseline
2015 57,546,794 1,083,928 53.1 -18.06%
2014 57,198,958 1,083,928 52.8 -18.45%
2013 57,241,821 1,072,025 53.4 -16.56%
2012 56,404,905 1,012,364 55.7 -12.20%
2011 54,265,005 958,566 56.6 -10.02%
2010 56,602,469 943,347 60.0 -4.18%
2009 58,810,357 939,163 62.6 Baseline


Energy-saving initiatives began in UTM as far back as 2003, when the facilities maintenance team improved power usage at the library with the help of an energy services company (ESCO) which provided the investments, and subsequently shared the savings which now this business approach are being called Energy Performance Contract. Early last year, an in-house energy management committee with representation from all units in UTM was set up to provide, among other things, training on sustainable energy management (SEM) and to develop energy managers.

UTM started investing in energy-efficient products in the mid-2007. Some of the initiatives taken by the team include:

  • Retrofitting the air-conditioning system by implementing variable refrigerant volume (VRV) in many faculties and buildings
  • Lighting retrofits, which included de-lamping and installation of high efficiency LED, T5 and super T8 lights
  • Maximum demand management, which involves shifting load so as to reduce maximum demand.
  • Capitalizing on off-peak tariff rate (OPTR) discount. Starting July 19th2011, UTM gets a 20% discount on its electric bill or saving of about RM90,000 monthly or approximately RM1 million every year. As of August 2016, UTM already enjoyed RM4.9 million saving from this OPTR discount. A number of electrical appliances are run during off-peak hours
  • Utilizing its in-house Online Energy Billing and Management System (EBMS) to communicate and provide up-to-date information to all stakeholders on the campus
  • Power quality improvement. This involves, among others, maintaining a high power factor and monitoring harmonics value for the main electrical feeders
  • Distribute RM100, 000 incentives to the units that have managed to save energy.
  • Re-invest RM500,000 of the cost savings on energy saving projects such as replacing 1000 unit lightings, movement sensors, energy meters and court lightings.
  • Organise a regional workshop for the ASEAN region to showcase the UTM’s experience in implementing sustainable Energy Management

Most of these measures are carried out with in-house expertise.

In 2016, UTM is committed towards intensifying their efforts seek creative and innovative solutions for energy savings and also income generation for the university. UTM as an entrepreneurial Research University, will spare no effort in generating innovative products and services, preaching the best practices, and relentlessly practicing what it preaches!

The first zero capex project is UTM Car Park Solar Farm 10 Mega Watt which cost RM57 million pilot project of living solar farm lab of its kind on the university campus in Malaysia. It’s “UTM Real-time and High-End Photovoltaic Monitoring System Laboratory” with cost of RM600,000 will also be fully funded by this project for 3 years. Apart from the conducive parking lots raised for the campus residents, the project will also generate an approximately RM3 million income to the University via the parking lot rental of almost 50 acres wide for the period of 21 years. UTM will also receive additional income of almost half a million ringgit every year after the 10th year for a total of 11 years of the project implementation

The second project which cost approximately RM8 million will cover the installation of Building Management System at the Raja Zarith Sofia library (PRZS) and retrofit 2521 advanced Smart LED streetlights through Energy Performance Contract (EPC).  The expected energy saving from this project is around 6 million kWh or RM2 million on energy bills and RM5 million of streetlights maintenance cost for the period of ten years. The contract value will be paid by UTMJB over the next ten years from the energy cost savings. As such, there is no net cost for UTMJB – it is all paid by the savings.

Reported by: Pn. Masilah Bandi and Prof. Zainuddin Abd. Manan