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Award Ceremony of “Macau Energy Saving Contest 2013" - A Total of 23 million kWh of Electricity is Saved

14 January 2014, Macau

The award ceremony of the “Macau Energy Saving Contest 2013" was held at Macau Tower at 3pm today. The contest includes the following categories: Residential Group, Public Building Facilities Group, Restaurant Group and Hotel Group. Based on the six consecutive billing months of electricity consumption from May to October 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, all participating units saved a total of nearly 23 million kWh of electricity – an overall result that set a new record. Through the contest, CEM hopes to arouse public awareness in energy conservation, particularly those who are engaged in property management, hotel and catering industry.

The jury of the contest consisted of Macau Energy Saving Association President John Ramos, Macau Consumer Council Executive Committee Member Lewis Chan, Macau Association of Consumers of Public Utility Companies Vice President Chan Veng Iun, Macau Electromechanics Professionals Association President Cheang Io Tung, and Macau Construction Association Standing Director Andy Tam.

In his address, CEM Executive Director Jorge Vieira thanked the Office for the Development of Energy Sector for its support, as well as Macau General Residents Association, Property Management Business Association of Macau, United Association of Food and Beverage Merchants of Macau, Macau Hoteliers & Innkeepers Association, and the Association of Building Contractors and Developers for their joint efforts in this contest.

Jorge Vieira said in order to encourage residential customers to pick up their energy-saving habits, this year’s contest continued to set the Residential Group, which received encouraging response and attracted participation from 1,200 residential customers. Other categories included Public Building Facilities Group, Restaurant Group and Hotel Group, which has drawn participation from 367 buildings, 7 restaurants and 38 hotels respectively. The results of the contest show that a total of 23 million kWh is saved. The champion of the Residential Group saved the highest ratio of electricity of up to 55%, proving that the energy saving awareness of citizens is very high.

Among the 1,200 residential customers who took part in the contest, the “Residential Group” winner Lei Iao Fun shared her key to success. She said that the method her family used to save energy was to use it only when necessary. Her family used less air conditioners or switched to a fan even on a hot summer day. They also used less lighting at home and used energy-saving bulbs.

In addition, most participants in the “Restaurant Group” and “Public Building Facilities Group” said that they have effectively saved energy with measures such as raising the air-conditioning temperature, replacing the existing fluorescent tubes to the energy-saving ones, shortening the running time of electrical appliances and strengthening training for staff.

In the Hotel Group, MGM Macau once again came out on top in Hotel Group C. At the award ceremony, Director of Facilities Management of MGM Macau Peter Chan shared his company’s knacks and experience in energy saving. He said MGM Macau won the Champion in Hotel Group C again because it further deepened the energy-saving technologies on the existing basis. As the current electric system used by the hotel has already been established, it is indeed difficult to substantially cut power consumption. However, MGM Macau still did an excellent job in power saving. There are two reasons behind this: first, the company used new LEDs, which can be applied in areas where they were not able before, thereby power can be saved; second, the company optimized the chilled water from the chillers by transforming it from fixed traffic flows to variable traffic flows, which further cut power consumption. The “Energy-saving Concept” award was granted to three hotels, namely Metropole Hotel from Hotel Group A, Hotel Royal from Hotel Group B, and City of Dreams from Hotel Group C.

Metropole Hotel was praised for adopting a number of energy-saving materials and designs to effectively reduce energy consumption, such as high-quality, lightweight thermal insulation materials, light-colored reflective paint, and all-LED lighting. In addition, Metropole Hotel has raised the airtight capacity of old and worn external walls to lower convective heat loss, and adopted double-layer hollow glass for heat and sound insulation. In terms of guestrooms, it made improvements in the layout and reduced the use of lamps by maximizing the utilization of light source reflections. It also used energy-saving equipment to achieve the best energy saving result .

The energy-saving measures of Hotel Royal included installing heat pump system and an inverter in the cooling tower of the central air-conditioning system to maintain the cooling water temperature and save energy. In addition, an induction cooker was also installed in the restaurant of the hotel to replace the liquefied petroleum gas cooker, which can reduce the room temperature by at least 10oC, thereby increasing energy efficiency as well as protecting the environment. The City of Dreams has rolled out some energy-saving measures. For instance, the centralized data center adopted hot aisle/cold aisle air conditioning design to improve cooling efficiency and reduce energy consumption. Its energy center’s chilled water system adopted different temperature settings for chilled water in accordance with the changing demand on cooling capacity at different times of the day during summer and winter. Other energy-saving measures include the air conditioning system’s recycling design for cold/hot exhaust air and the adoption of variable-voltage variable-frequency elevator drives. Apart from the jury of this contest, guests attending the award ceremony included: The Office for the Development of Energy Sector Senior Technical Consultant Andy Lei, Property Management Business Association of Macao Vice Chairman William Yong, President Chui Meng Man, Macao General Residents Association Vice President Simon Wong, Customer Liaison Committee members Ada Chan, Leong Meng Ian, Lai Sao Ieng, Advisor to CEM Executive Committee Iun Iok Meng, CEM Customer Services Department Senior Manager Keegan Cheang and CEM Communications and Public Affairs Office Senior Manager Cecilia Nip. Winners of the “Macau Energy Saving Contest 2013” are as follows:

ChampionLei Iao Fun
1st runner-upUn Kuai Wa
2nd runner-upKuan Chi Meng
Excellence AwardKuong Lin Hou, Si Seong Leng, Ma Kin Chai, Lam Weng Cheong, Pang Chio
ChampionEdf. Kam Hoi Palácio
1st runner-upEdf. Moradias Económicas Bl. C
2nd runner-upEdf. Vai Chun Garden Bl. B
Excellence AwardEdf. Palácio do Sucesso
Excellence AwardEdf. Lai Va Bl. 2
Excellence AwardEdf. Peónia Bl. 2
Excellence AwardEdf. Weng Hoi Torre E
Excellence AwardEdf. May Fair Garden Bl. 2
Excellence AwardEdf. Tong Wa San Chun Bl. 9
Excellence AwardEdf. Long Vai
Excellence AwardEdf. One Central – Torre 4-7
Excellence AwardEdf. Nga Lim
Excellence AwardEdf. Jardim Hoi Keng Bl. 1
ChampionPou Chi Lam
1st runner-upRobusto Co. Ltd.
2nd runner-upRestaurante Sai Nam
Excellence AwardRestaurante Parque Hác Sa
ChampionHotel Hong Thai
1st runner-upEast Asia
2nd runner-upHotel London
Excellence AwardHotel Central
ChampionHotel Lan Kwai Fong
1st runner-upHotel Sintra
2nd runner-upHotel Casa Real
Excellence AwardHotel Taipa Square
Excellence AwardPousada de São Tiago Macau
Excellence AwardRegency Hotel
ChampionMGM Macau
1st runner-upGalaxy Macau
2nd runner-upSands Macau
Excellence AwardHotel Golden Dragon
Excellence AwardHotel Rio
Excellence AwardCity of Dreams
Excellence AwardStar World Hotel
Excellence AwardSofitel Macau at Ponte 16
Champion “Saving Concept Award ” (Hotel Group A)Hotel Metropole
Champion “Saving Concept Award ” (Hotel Group B)Hotel Royal
Champion “Saving Concept Award ” (Hotel Group C)City of Dreams
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