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SPH production staff lauded for championing energy efficiency initiatives

Singapore, 2 October 2014 – Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has been recognised for its commitment and achievements in energy conservation at the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards 2014 held this morning at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability.

Mr Wong Tat Choon, Assistant Vice-President at SPH’s Production Division (Engineering), was named the Outstanding Energy Manager of the Year, under the SME category which he won for energy conservation work carried out at the SPH Print Centre.

This award recognises outstanding Energy Managers (EMs) who have demonstrated leadership in driving energy efficiency improvements and promoting such initiatives within their organisations.

Mr Wong received his award from the event’s Guest-of-Honour Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources. This is the first time that SPH has won this award.

First launched in 2011, the EENP Awards is jointly organised by the National Environment Agency, Energy Market Authority and the Economic Development Board. The EENP Awards aims to foster a culture of sustained energy efficiency improvement in industry, especially among the major energy consuming industries. The EENP Awards also aims to encourage companies to adopt a proactive approach towards energy management by identifying and sharing best practices.

In his capacity as EM, Mr Wong has led the Print Centre energy team in conducting energy audits, identifying energy-saving measures and implementing energy conservation projects since 2007. For example, his projects to streamline the Print Centre’s Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) equipment and processes and the introduction of energy-efficient LED lights and industrial fans have cut the centre’s overall energy usage by up to 14 per cent between 2007 till the first half of 2014. This translates to about six GWh per year or close to $1 million annually in utilities savings for the same period.

He also organised a corporate-wide Green Day event to raise staff awareness on the importance of energy conservation through talks, posting of green tips through emails and bulletin boards as well as a quiz and a song-and-skit.

Mr Lim Swee Yeow, Senior Vice-President of Production, SPH and Head of the SPH Print Centre said: “Tat Choon has been a dedicated and enthusiastic energy manager for SPH. With his extensive experience in the newspaper printing processes, he was able to propose effective solutions that can be easily implemented without compromising operational efficiency and workplace health and safety. As a result, the company has enjoyed savings in our utilities bills and over time, we aim to progressively reduce the size of the centre’s carbon footprint.”

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 2.8 million individuals or 69 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, SPH's suite of digital products includes online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications. Our online products enjoy 360 million page views with 23 million unique browsers every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and SPH Razor. Besides print, SPH newspapers are also available on online, smartphone and tablet platforms.

In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte Ltd, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

  • Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
  • The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore.

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

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