SEAS Energy Efficiency Committee has been active since 2007 to provide a platform for companies & individuals to gain opportunities offered by the national SME-EE initiative and assist companies to work through the barriers associated with Energy Efficiency.
Over the past decade, many countries have set ambitious targets on renewable energy, looking at non-fossil-fuel sources to boost their supply. However, it is equally important to curtail the demand for energy and manage energy usage efficiently. Countries in the region have implemented incentives to encourage energy efficiency, and in Japan for example, legislation to boost energy efficiency have been in place for many years.
The Singapore government follows the three-pronged approach to energy efficiency including legislation, incentives, and capacity building. Mandatory green mark standards for new buildings and incentive for developers to build more energy efficient buildings with Green Mark gold & platinum certifications encourage a greener approach to construction.
In 2013, the Singapore government launched the SME Energy Efficiency Initiative as one of the solutions to address the high energy consumption by small and medium enterprises.
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:05 PM
Welcome remarks by SEAS
3:05 PM - 3:10 PM
Welcome remarks by Chairman
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Presentation by Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC)
Kavita Gandhi has an extensive background in environment and developmental sector spanning over last 20 years. Kavita has been involved in multi-dimensional projects like United States Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP) and was Instrumental in setting up of Clean Technology Environmental Management Centre (CTEM) in the Singapore Manufacturer’s Association. She has experience working with environmental sector startups and SMEs in her capacity as a manager of the Singapore Association for Environmental Companies (SAFECO). Kavita was one of the key personnel involved in setting up the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore and securing a grant from SPRING Singapore to run programs in the area of local enterprise development, market development and training & conferences for clean energy industry. She also represents the association in various government and non-government committees related to clean energy. She was instrumental in developing and managing some unique programs like the SME Energy Efficiency outreach as well cleantech incubator. Kavita has an MSc in Environmental Management from Wye College, University of London. Kavita is also representing SEAS on the following: • Environment & Resource Standards Committee (ERSC), ESG • Co-convener Renewable Energy Standards (RECs) working group, ESG • TC for Energy, ESG • SCEM Steering Committee, NEA • Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) committee, ADB • Advisory Board: EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy, NTU
Mr Vincent Low is the Vice President (Business Development) for G-Energy Global Pte Ltd. (Singapore). He is also a Key Qualified Personnel (KQP) accredited by Energy Sustainability Unit (ESU) - National University of Singapore (NUS) and Certified Green Mark Manager Professional (Cert. GMP) accredited by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore.
Vincent Low is also the Honorary Treasurer of SEAS.
Executive Director, Sustainability Office, Global Wholesale Banking of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation
Benjamin is a Registered Architect in Singapore, a Chartered Surveyor, Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), and a Chartered Environmentalist. He is the Executive Director for the Global Wholesale Banking Sustainability Office and subject matter expert at OCBC, facilitating the bank and its customers transition to a low carbon, regenerative economy, with a keen focus on SMEs and the built environment sector. Prior to joining OCBC he played a leading role in the development of Singapore’s environmental policy landscape including the development of BCA Green Mark, advancing net zero energy through the Super Low Energy (SLE) Programme and the Public Sector’s roadmap for climate action, (GreenGov.SG). Benjamin is also an advisor at WOHA supporting WOHA’s advocacy for systemic change in the built environment, and is the author of the SIA Green Book, which frames the Architectural professions direct response to the deep socio-ecological crisis of the Anthropocene age.
Derrick Ho is the Technology Lead at OTTO Group of companies with over 4 years of experience helping small building owners with energy optimizations. Specializing in Sustainable Building Technologies, Derrick uses that experience to determine when, how & what solutions to deploy for each building profile.