ECCJ implemented the third dispatch of experts in AJEEP Scheme 4
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Under the instruction and financial support of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) has been implementing the AJEEP Scheme 4 multilateral energy conservation cooperation project with ASEAN countries which also continued in FY2023. In the current fiscal year, in order to hold detailed discussions, etc. regarding the SAEMAS Common Standard Module (CSM), it was planned to make three visits to five ASEAN countries which are advancing their certified energy manager systems. In the third and final visit, experts were dispatched to Malaysia during the three-day period from October 30 to November 1.
1. Schedule: Monday, October 30 to Wednesday, November 1, 2023. October 31: Malaysia EC visit
2. Dispatched persons and interviewees:
(1) Three experts from the ECCJ International Cooperation Division
(2) Malaysia side: Six persons from the Energy Commission (EC), two persons from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC), and 14 persons related to the three training institutes concerned
(3) Accompanying party: One person from the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
3. Outline of visit:
(1) Objectives: In order to establish the contents of the SAEMAS CSM in AJEEP Scheme 4, visits are made to five countries which are advancing their certified energy qualified systems. Details of the relevant training in each country are confirmed, together with confirming the differences from the CSM, and discussions are held regarding supplementary plans, etc. required for acquiring CSM certifications.
1) First, representatives from Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC: in charge of AEMAS training), the Malaysian ESCO Association, and the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, which are the representative institutions providing the relevant training, gave introductions to each of their related training programs. Two of these institutions had been planning to review their training programs in an assumption that the energy efficiency and conservation act including heat-related elements would be enacted. Additionally, reports were made by three persons who participated in the heat-related lecture training which was held online for Malaysia in FY2020 and FY2021.
2) While hearing explanations about the relevant training institutes, the concerned training courses and programs, the numbers of designated business operators, the numbers of certified energy managers, examination methods, etc., the CSM training module was compared with the situation in Malaysia to show the differences, and understanding was obtained regarding insufficient items and parts requiring supplementation. Additionally, discussions will be held with ACE about requesting MGTC to provide part of the AEMAS training that is stated as a structural element of SAEMAS.
3) A report was received that the energy efficiency and conservation act including heat energy, which had been pending for many years, had been approved by the Malaysian parliament a few days earlier on October 11.
4) The recent five-country visit finished in Malaysia. By implementing face-to-face meetings rather than the online visits that have been held in recent several years, specific and detailed confirmations were made and the basis for the SAEMAS configuration going forward could be secured.
AJEEP: ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership
SAEMAS: Sustainable ASEAN Energy Manager Certification Scheme
CSM: Common Standard Module
AEMAS: ASEAN Energy Management Accreditation Scheme