Building Sector Energy Efficiency Project (BSEEP)

What is this project about?


Between now and 2030, global primary energy consumption is expected to rise by 1.6% per annum or 45% in total in the next 21 years. In Malaysia, electricity demand is forecasted to reach 18,947 MW in 2020 and 23,092 MW in 2030. This is an increase of almost 35% from the 14,007 MW in 2008.

The buildings sector in Malaysia consists predominantly of commercial, government, and residential buildings (high-rise, as well as terraced and single dwellings). In 2008, the estimated electricity use in the buildings sector amounted to about 7,750 GWh.

The present growth in annual energy consumption in buildings is expected to continue to contribute significantly to the country’s GHG emissions unless efforts are done to improve energy efficiency. The growth in energy consumption experienced is brought about both by an increase in new building constructions (about 6 % per year), inefficient energy utilization and continuously increasing stock of electrical appliances in new and existing buildings.

Generally speaking, there is a very large untapped potential for improving the energy performance of buildings in Malaysia. This is true both for existing and new buildings. A few demonstration projects in Malaysia have shown aspects of this, in particular Securities Commission Building, MEGTW’s new Low Energy Office (LEO) building in Putrajaya and PTM’s Green Energy Office (GEO) Building in Bangi.

These projects have demonstrated that BEI can be brought down dramatically with relatively little additional cost. Aspects demonstrated so far have focused on lighting systems and day lighting, efficient space organization, and use of low energy office equipment. So far, although the demonstration projects have been successful, these experiences have not been widely applied in new building projects. Furthermore, many important aspects have not been addressed so strongly in terms of demonstration, namely heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and optimization of the building envelope as well as through comprehensive Energy Management augmented by further automation.

What do we hope to accomplish?

BSEEP has for its goal the reduction in the annual growth rate of GHG emissions from the Malaysia buildings sector.

The project objective is the improvement of the energy utilization efficiency in Malaysian buildings,particularly those in the commercial and government sectors, by promoting the energy conserving design of new buildings and by improving the energy utilization efficiency in the operation of existing buildings.

The realization of this objective will be facilitated through the removal of barriers to the uptake of building energy efficiency technologies, systems, and practices. The project is in line with the GEF’s climate change strategic program on Promoting Energy Efficiency in Residential andCommercial Buildings (SP-1).

It is comprised of activities aimed at improving energy efficiency and promoting the widespread adoption of energy efficient building technologies and practices in the Malaysian buildings sector.

Who finances it?

Year Donor Amount (USD)
2010 GEF $12,000
2011 GEF $17,491
2012 GEF $370,274
2013 GEF $298,820
2014 GEF $501,000
2015 GEF $1,591,000
Total allocated resources  
Donor  Amount   
GEF USD5,000,000  

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year Donor
2010-2014 GEF
2015 GEF $1,376,638

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