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 (EU), 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 will 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) which will help inform consumers on energy consumption and efficiency levels on specified appliances and fixtures.
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.
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.
De Guzman also 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.”
Hick added, “European funding can never work without a strong partner,” 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.
Thus far, EU has allocated 60 million euros or P3.3 billion in support of the Philippine government’s 100 percent-electrification target by 2022.