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DOE and EU Join Hands to Elevate Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Product Standards in PH


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As part of the Philippine-EU Access to the Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP), the Department of Energy (DOE) held on Wednesday at the F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City the first of a series of several public consultations on the development of energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) policies of the Philippine government.

The forum assembled experts and stakeholders in the field of EE&C to tackle and share technical know-how on the Particular Product Requirements (PPR) under the DOE's expanded Philippine Energy Standard and Labeling Program (PESLP).

The DOE formulated the PPRs to guide manufacturers, importers, distributors and dealers as to the required energy efficiency standards for the following products: room air-conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, lighting products (e.g., CFL, linear and circular fluorescent lamps), washing machines, televisions, light-duty motor vehicles and other energy-consuming devices.

According to DOE-Energy Research Testing and Laboratory Services (ERTLS) Division Chief Engr. Isagani Soriano, the purpose of the PPRs is to “provide the detailed technical requirements for both refrigerating appliances and air-conditioners covered by the PESLP; particularly requiring the attachment of an energy label or the so-called 'Yellow Label'.”

"Meeting the PPR also "indicates compliance with the Minimum Energy Performance (MEP) for the specific appliance. MEPS is the government’s policy that is guiding the business sector that appliances covered under the program are meeting the established energy efficiency criteria for a particular technology,” Engr. Soriano added.

DOE-ERTLS Senior Science Research Specialists Engr. Jomar S. Landicho and Engr. Herbert S. Orencia presented the draft PPRs for air-conditioners and refrigerating appliances, respectively.

Representatives from the government and the private sector were on hand to provide comments and recommendations to improve the Philippine PPRs.

Guests included representatives fron the Department of Trade Industry-Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-PBS), GIZ, Hanabishi, Omni Solid Services Inc., Panasonic, LG, Haier, PAIA, Hitachi, Concepcion Midea, TUV Rheinland Phil. Inc., ICASEA, IIEE Foundation Inc., Daikin Airconditioning, Fortune Gen. Mdse., CYA Industries, TCL, Sharp Philippines Inc., Trademaster, Camel, Electrolux, Kolin, Koppel, Stellar, Samsung, Tosot Philippines and Whirlpool/Fujidenzo.

Also present in the event were ASEP experts led by Team Leader Mads Christensen, and EE&C experts Detlef Loy, Lori Navarro and former ERTLS Director Raquel Huliganga.

EEC plays an essential role in the country's overall energy policy in view of social and binding international obligations to take an active part in the global campaign on environment protection and climate change mitigation.

DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi has previously emphasized that “energy efficiency and conservation policies are vital to the country’s contribution to the global movement of cutting down carbon emissions, the attainment of sustainable development and the improvement of quality of life of the Filipino consuming public. Ultimately, our goal is to enhance the consumer's power of choice."

The ASEP is a joint undertaking of the DOE and the EU that is committed to the goals of total electrification, energy security, energy efficiency and sustainability in the Philippines.

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