UK-ASEAN Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The Carbon Trust is supporting food and beverage companies in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to improve their energy efficiency and reduce energy costs under the ASEAN Low Carbon Energy Programme, funded by the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund.

Workers in a food processing factory packaging food

The UK-ASEAN Energy Efficiency Accelerator is an ongoing programme that supports food and beverage companies at different stages of their energy management journey. It helps them to realise the importance of energy efficiency, identify energy savings opportunities, improve energy performance, and take steps to set up new energy management systems or improve existing systems. The programme offers support through:

  • Capacity building: Workshops are delivered to representatives from food and beverage companies, training them on pathways to reduce energy consumption and methods to track energy use. 
  • Tailored assistance: Based on a needs assessment, companies are provided with direct support which includes advice on setting up an energy management system, energy audits to identify energy savings measures and bespoke training workshops.
  • Energy Efficiency Networks: Knowledge sharing activities are organised to enable participants to share their learnings, with a view to scaling up energy efficiency efforts across the industry more widely.  

Guides, tools and webinars have also been developed to support this programme and are available freely for all food and beverage companies to assist the scaling of up energy efficiency in your business.

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Energy saving guides

These guides provide expert advice on identifying energy savings opportunities in your business. They include case studies to help your company identify energy savings opportunities, consider options for incorporating energy management into your operations, and define key tasks to implement and maintain an energy management system in alignment with global best practice.

Energy efficiency guidance for the food and beverage sector

This guide gives an overview of the status of energy use in the food and beverage sectors across countries in ASEAN, the energy saving potential and common energy using techniques.

The Journey to Net Zero for SMEs in Southeast Asia

This guide provides assistance for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to manage their energy and align to Net Zero, providing clear information and case studies for reduction initiatives. As SMEs cover multiple sectors, this guide is designed to help on both reduction initiatives and opportunities for SMEs. 

Energy saving opportunities by technology 

These guides lay out the key energy saving opportunities in some of the most common processes in food and beverage manufacturing and processing facilities:

Energy savings opportunities in compressed air

Energy savings opportunities in cooking systems

Energy savings opportunities in distillation, drying & evaporation (pdf) 

Energy savings opportunities in motors & drives (pdf) 

Energy savings opportunities in process & measurement control (pdf) 

Energy savings opportunities in refrigeration (pdf) 

Energy savings opportunities in boilers and heat distribution (pdf) 

Guide to setting up an energy management system

Implementing an energy management system (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 can help your organisation to better control their energy usage and consumption. Following a systematic approach towards energy management can help to achieve the continual improvement of energy performance. This guide lays out the key steps to achieve best practice.

Setting up an energy management system (pdf) 

Energy management self-assessment tools

These energy management self-assessment tools can help your company assess where you are on your energy management journey. 

The Energy Management Matrix 
This matrix can be used to provide an overview of the strength of your company's energy management approach across key factors. By inputting your score for each category based on the description that best fits the current stage of your organisation's energy management journey, it gives a quick high-level assessment of strength and weaknesses across six areas of energy management.

The Energy Management Assessment Tool
This tool provides a more detailed appraisal of your energy management performance across twelve key areas. It enables your organisation to examine the existing energy management approach at a deeper level and rate each characteristic based on your company's progress to date. You can then view a summary of your company's strengths and weaknesses with regard to energy management.

Energy Management Matrix and Assessment Tool (xlsx)

Top 10 Energy Efficiency Technology Tool
This tool is targeted towards food and beverage companies with operations in Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The tool enables organisations to understand how their systems are aligned with best practice for commonly used technologies in the food and beverage sector. In addition, the tool highlights the key characteristics of energy efficiency measures and their respective energy and cost savings estimates. 

Energy Efficiency Technology Tool (xlsx)


Thermal energy management in Malaysia’s food & beverage sector

Saving energy and costs: Taking action in the Philippines' food and beverage sector

Optimising steam systems in the food and beverage industry 
(jointly organised with knowledge partner Spirax Sarco)


ASEAN Low Carbon Energy programme