• Energy efficiency, savings initiatives urged

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    The Contact Center of the Philippines (CCAP) said that the government, both local and national, should support energy savings and efficiency initiatives for commercial buildings and infrastructure to promote energy savings in the country’s businesses.

    CCAP Research Manager Cesar Tolentino told reporters at the sidelines of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Workshop on energy savings that there should be four-way cooperation including the government and energy services companies (ESCO) to easily fund energy savings and efficiency initiatives as well as to give knowledge to small-scale commercial companies, particularly the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.

    “If facility managers and owners would engage in big projects [in energy savings]like these, the government will need to help them seek out options for finance because even the large facility owners would not have access to energy savings project financing . . . It is possible that the government should step in,” Tolentino said.

    He further cited that because of the buildings’ requirement as of today to be energy efficient, big companies and buildings were going to the point of financing their own energy efficiency and savings initiatives without any help coming from ESCOs or government.

    According to Tolentino, the four-way cooperation should be between ESCOs; facility and building owners or developers; tenant-companies renting their spaces in buildings; and the government, both local or national.

    The CCAP research manager also said that the government should guide small-scale companies, BPO or not, in their options of energy savings and efficiency financing as most companies are highly dependent in liquidity which would require them to maintain a fund or savings, not for energy efficient initiatives, but for operations and emergency situations.

    Tolentino also said that more than half of the BPO companies in the country are taking lower-scale energy initiatives actions such as reduction of the energy consumption on lighting, conversion of LCD projectors to LCD screens, and management of floor use or right scheduling of workers to avoid waste of usage of energy.

    He said that the BPO industry would be more “engaged” in bigger energy efficiency projects, assuming there is government and ESCO support, in two to three years time toward 2015 to 2016.

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