Every employee has a part to play in energy efficiency - that is the approach taken by the Singapore operations of semiconductor firm Infineon Technologies Asia-Pacific.

It has resulted in the firm's senior engineer, Mr Quah Han Song, 33, being named one of 18 winners of this year's annual Energy Efficiency National Partnership Awards at a ceremony yesterday at the Singapore Expo. The number of winners was a record for the three-year-old awards.

Mr Quah's honour follows one of his initiatives to install more than 120 energy meters at its 400,000 sq ft plant in Kallang. The palm-size gadgets tell employees how much power is being consumed by equipment in various areas - for example, meters in the office measure power consumption of computers and copiers.

This allows employees to see their small energy-saving measures, such as turning off lights when not in use, become translated into measurable differences.

"When employees can see the reduction, they are more motivated to carry on," Mr Quah said.

Staff awareness is also raised through taking part in the Earth Hour Challenge, where each division strives to reduce energy consumption from the same month the year before.

For being the man behind the energy-efficiency drive, Mr Quah was one of two winners for Outstanding Energy Manager of the Year. The other was factory engineer Muthusamy Ravichandran, 46, of food and beverage firm Nestle Singapore.

Mr Quah was praised as being "instrumental" in promoting energy efficiency in Infineon by Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Ms Grace Fu, at yesterday's presentation.

"What I found inspiring is that successes are coming from all levels of production - it is not just the job of the engineer but ordinary workers too," Ms Fu said.

The 18 winners comprised 10 companies, six public agencies and two individuals spanning industries from food manufacturing to wafer fabrication.

The awards are organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Economic Development Board and the Energy Market Authority. In its inaugural year in 2011, there were 10 awards and 12 the following year.

Yesterday, the NEA and the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) inked a memorandum of understanding to form and co-chair the Singapore Certified Energy Manager Steering Committee.

IES president Chou Siaw Kiang said the committee will provide oversight and direction on curriculum and training material.

He said: "This will send a message to professionals out there that in terms of energy efficiency, there is much scope to deepen knowledge of energy-efficiency improvement."