UMP’s Electricity Saving Initiatives programme had started since 2012; to-date, we manage to save an average of 46,672kWh every month. The initiatives that have implemented include changing conventional light bulbs to energy saving light bulbs such as LEDs, and management of electricity consumption in each department and divisions. The university has also empowered an integrated energy and environmental policy inside the campus.

Table 1: Energy Savings Measures Executed in UMP Pekan and Gambang (2012-2018)

Initiatives

Numbers

1

Replacement of Energy-Saving Light bulbs for main road street lighting and compound lighting at Faculty of Electric & Electronics & Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UMP Pekan

372

2

LED compound lighting for jogging track in UMP Pekan

80

3

Replacement of T8 to T5 fluorescent tubes for corridors and walkways at Faculty of Electric & Electronics, UMP Pekan

454

4

Replacement of T8 to T5 tubes for corridors and walkways at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UMP Pekan

895

5

Replacement of T8 to T5 tubes (648 nos) for corridors and walkways at UMP Hostel Pekan

3762

6

Replacement of T8 to T5 tubes (1400 nos) for corridors and walkways at UMP Hostel Pekan

6889

7

Installation of internal digital electricity meter for each block in every department in UMP Pekan

14

8

Replacement of electriclight bulbs for main road street lighting and compound lighting at Hostel UMP Pekan

178

9

Replacement of T8 to T5 tubes at Administration Block of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Electric & Electronics, UMP Pekan

1542

10

Replacement of T8 to LED tubes at UMP Students Hostel, UMP Pekan

610

11

Installation of 20-kW roof-top solar panels (Monocrystalline & Polycrystalline) at Administration Block, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UMP Pekan

20kW

12

Replacement of conventional to LED bulbs at Faculty of Manufacturing, UMP

133

13

Upgrading of street and compound lightings for Pekan Library Area

40

14

Installation of light motion sensors at toilets in UMP Pekan

100

15

Upgrading from conventional lights to energy-efficient lights in CTAR, UMP Pekan

64

16

Replacement of T8 to T5 fluorescent tubes in UMP Gambang:
Block B5
KPU and UMPH
Block B1, A1-A3
Block C1-C8
Block C9-C15

12,850

17

Upgrading from metal halides to LED light in high-bay area in FKKSA Laboratory Area, UMP Gambang

77

18

Upgrading from conventional to energy-savings bulbs (1400 nos) in Blocks H and I, UMP Gambang

1500

19

Green Awareness Campaign

-

20

Installation of PV panels in all gazebo units

20

21

Acknowledgement of GreenTech Malaysia and Sustainable Energy Development Agency (SEDA) of UMP’s initiatives towards integrated energy-savings and CO2 emissions reduction initiatives, with SEDA allocating a RM55,000 grant for conduct of an energy audit in UMP Pekan Library

-

22

Installation of solar-powered LED lights with motion sensors

10

 

On average, UMP has managed to reduce our electricity consumption by 46,673 kWh every month. This is about 10 percent savings per month. This value is obtained by comparing the monthly bills when we were still using conventional electrical bulbs against current time after all initiatives listed in Table 1 have been completed.

Environment-wise, with all the above initiatives, UMP has managed to reduce our CO2 footprint by an average of 34,07 kg monthly via electricity saving measures, using the standard provided by GreenTech Malaysia that every 1kWh consumed will produce 0.73kg CO2.

Several committees have been set-up since 2015 in UMP to ensure effective energy savings initiatives, each with their respective roles and responsibilities, with the steering committee chaired by the Vice-Chancellor himself. All these committees take pride of the efforts made with the satisfactory feeling that while we make our university expenditure more prudent and be more sustainable in our operations, we also contribute to the national and global policy of extending our fossil fuel reserves from early depletion, but additionally we also contribute towards reducing the climate change phenomenon at national and global levels.