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USP wins Energy Saving Competition

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USP’s Manager Design & Engineering Services Niranjwan Chettiar (L) receives the award from the Director National Training and Productivity Centre Kamlesh Prakash.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) won the Commitment Award in the “2014 Private Sector Energy Saver Competition” organised by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

USP’s Manager Design & Engineering Services Niranjwan Chettiar said the Department of Energy (DOE) organises the competition every year to promote energy conservation and efficiency, since the Private Sector is identified as one of the significant energy users.

“Each year Fiji spends approximately one third of its import bills on fuel import. This is a lot of money for a small nation like ours. Thus the private sector has been identified as one area in which energy consumption is quite significant,” he said.

As per the criteria, Chettiar prepared an Energy Management Plan (EMP), implemented the initiatives according to the EMP, monitored and provided electricity bills as evidence of savings.

DOE team also carried out site inspection, viewed evidence and held interview with staff.

“This is a great recognition for USP demonstrating at the national level our efforts for energy conservation and efficiency measures for the University. It is an amazing feeling to obtain such achievement since USP participated in this competition for the first time and won.”

“It is not only about wining but it shows that USP is really committed towards Energy Saving. Making a good start has boosted the morale to raise the level of the bar higher for next year. As part of this year’s achievement USP won a Commitment Plaque, Certificate and $1500 Cash prize,” Chettiar said.

Chettiar also acknowledged the support from the Senior Management Team, USP community, and contributions of members of the Energy Management Team headed by the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment—Dr Anjeela Jokhan, Manager Assets—Mervyn Lepper, Assistant Lecturer in Electrical Engineering—Hamendra Reddy, and Subject Coordinator—Shivneel Prasad .

“The energy saving initiatives saw a saving of $ 43,396.80 until August 2014 on the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre (formerly known as AusAid Lecture Theatre), Tutorial Block and Southern Cross Restaurant Electricity Account compared to the same period last year,” he said.

While notifying the University, Deputy Secretary Operations M. Lesuma thanked the team for taking part and supporting energy saving initiatives.

“DOE has already undertaken the evaluation on the submissions for the “Private Sector Energy Saver Award” and wishes to inform you that your organisation has won the 'Private Sector Energy Saver Commitment Award 2014',” the letter stated.

The award was presented during the National Convention on Quality which was held on16 October, 2014.

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