DOE pushes for intensified energy efficiency standards
Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) - August 30, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing for intensified energy efficiency standards for consumer items sold in the market.

The move is aimed at ensuring that the items being sold in the market adhere to Philippine minimum energy performance standards.

“Proper labeling of appliances will bring greater understanding of power consumption, thereby encouraging people to adopt more energy-efficient lifestyles,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

The DOE presented its proposals during a forum held jointly with the European Union Access to Sustainable Energy Program.

A total of 131 participants attended the forum, which included representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), appliance manufacturers and retailers from the private sector, as well as members of the academe.

Prior to the event, the DOE conducted public consultations nationwide from March to December 2017 to come up with the implementing guidelines.

“It is important for consumers to be made aware of the products and appliances that bring more value for their money,” Cusi said.

The agency has been promoting the adoption of energy efficiency, particularly in the operations of offices and industries.

It is also working on implementing the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP)— a program to reduce monthly consumption of electricity and petroleum products by the government—to lead in energy efficiency measures.


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