The Department of Energy (DOE) recently held the second of a series of public consultations aimed at developing a national energy efficiency standard for household appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and lighting products like LED lamps.
Holding the dialogue in partnership with the European Union, the DOE led other government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and private sector representatives in culling inputs from experts, resource persons and the general public.
The collective inputs would be used to improve the proposed Particular Product Requirements (PPRs) that would help consumers choose wisely in buying household items that are energy efficient.
Once finalized, the PPRs will form part of the Implementing Guidelines for the DOE’s Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP).
Through the product standards, consumers will be better informed on the energy consumption and efficiency levels of specified consumer goods.
Director Amelia de Guzman of the DOE’s Energy Research and Testing Laboratory Services stressed the importance of involving consumers and civil society in the deliberations in order to get the practical viewpoints of the end-users.
She explained that the PESLP not only benefits consumers by reducing their energy bills but will also help in significantly reducing carbon emissions that contribute to mitigating climate change.
In his opening remarks, Program Manager for Energy of the EU Delegation in the Philippines Willy Hick said, “The EU has been supporting the Philippine government through the years in reaching its energy efficiency and poverty reduction targets.”
The EU has allocated 60M Euros or PHP3.3 B in support of the Philippine government’s 100%-electrification target by 2022.
“European funding can never work without a strong partner,” Hick said during the Philippines’ and EU’s Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP) Meet.
Aside from efficiency, the ASEP also advocates clean energy by providing grants to boost rural household electrification using clean energy sources.
The first public consultation was held last
Apart from the consumer products mentioned during the first two conferences, the PESLP will also cover television sets, washing machines and even passenger and commercial vehicles.
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STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT. The Department of Energy (DOE) and Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP) experts engaged industry participants in a two-day public consultation for the Particular Product Requirements (PPR) for LED lamps, air conditioners and refrigerators last 14-15 June 2017 at the F1 Hotel in BGC, Taguig City.