Keynote Speakers

Samuel Thomas

Senior Programme Manager, International Energy Agency

Samuel Thomas is a senior energy efficiency analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous organisation of the OECD, which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond.  He leads the programme of analytical work on energy efficiency, including the IEA’s annual Energy Efficiency Market Report and projects on policy implementation, most recently publishing on market-based instruments for efficiency.

Before joining the IEA in 2014, Sam was Deputy Director for Climate Change Economics and Energy Efficiency Analysis at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), where he led the analysis supporting the UK’s Climate Change Act, EU ETS implementation, the UK’s supplier obligations and strategies on energy efficiency, heat and fuel poverty.

Title: Energy Efficiency 2017

Mr Thomas will present Energy Efficiency 2017, the IEA’s annual flagship publication on energy efficiency and part of the Agency’s Market Report series.  It is the global tracker for energy efficiency, providing policy makers and market participants with insights on the latest trends, analysis on the drivers of progress and assessments of the impacts of efficiency on energy policy goals. A key area of focus this year is a detailed examination of the impact of energy efficiency policy on energy efficiency progress and on wider energy issues. The report explores the progress being made in implementing efficiency policies, highlighting the areas where more progress is needed. This is part of the IEA’s activities to highlight best practice policy implementation, facilitate knowledge sharing and assist countries in their policy development.

Er. Lucas Ng Hong Kiang

General Manager, Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore

Er. Lucas Ng has more than 33 years’ experience serving Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore (PCS) in technical, engineering, maintenance and operations of several petrochemical plants and associated infrastructures. He has contributed to the execution of various major projects and plant turnarounds. Currently he is responsible for the entire operations of PCS facilities in Ayer Merbau supporting all downstream companies in Jurong Island. Er. Ng has previously served as President for American Institute of Chemical Engineers – Singapore Local Section, currently he is Co-chair for the Oil, Gas and Petrochem Sub-committee (OGPSC) of the Chemical And Process Engineering Technical Committee (CAPE TC) of Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), member of CAPE TC. He is also the Deputy Chair for the Chemical Standards Committee and the Chair for the Regional Olefin Producers Technical Committee (ROPTC) within ASEAN. He has been in the hydrocarbon processing industry for more than 37 years.

Title: Why Place Energy Efficiency at the Forefront of Corporate Strategy

In the last four to five decades, there were several energy crises caused by various factors including peak oil production in major industrial nations where energy price increased due to shortage in supply. Back then, energy efficiency improvement was a big subject to conserve energy. Today, over 80% of current energy needs are derived from fossil fuels, and with the low crude oil price of USD50~55 per barrel there is no conservation incentive for many energy users. However, climate change caused by already accelerated emission of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere would be aggravated by a combination of low oil prices and abundance of supply. Therefore, corporations should start energy efficiency campaigns for the purpose of combating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions especially for process plants with large energy consumption. The campaigns should include energy management, use of high energy efficient equipment and systems that monitor and optimize the use of energy. Energy benchmarking exercises would help to check and monitor energy efficiency performance level for continuous improvement.

PCS has been pro-active in energy conservation efforts since the beginning of operations in the1980s as it had exposed to energy price due to energy crises before that. Such efforts include process design, equipment selection, operation performance monitoring, equipment maintenance, replacement as well as rejuvenation to ensure not only process safety but also energy efficient operations. It is a fact that equipment energy efficiency would deteriorate when certain key maintenance activities are not carried out. Therefore, risk-based maintenance programmes with strategies in sustaining energy efficiency in mind are crucial in major installations.

PCS has delivered the reliable supply of high quality, cost-effective products to customers for the last 33 years. PCS formulated and implemented its energy management system with the institution of Energy and Carbon Management Policy in April 2010 to further enhance its commitment to on-going energy management programmes. PCS continues to implement projects to maintain and improve its energy performance.