Industrial Energy Efficiency Program Pushed

CEBU CITY - Recognizing the critical importance of energy management systems and standards as a methodology and policy to advance and accelerate energy efficiency improvement in industries, the Department of Energy (DOE) together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recently conducted a two-day industrial user training here to push the implementation of the Philippine Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (PIEEP).

Richard Saing, UNIDO project coordinator for PIEEP during the recent two-day industrial training here, bared that the project aims to have energy managers in every company to comply with the ISO50001 standards.

ISO50001 is the world's first global energy management system standard. It promotes the widespread adoption of best practices and drives investment in energy efficiency.

Saing stressed that the realization of the PIEEP will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of about 1.4 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 10 years translating to 969,203 tCO2e in electricity savings and 489,930 tCO2 of fuel savings.

He pointed out that improving energy efficiency in industry is one of the most cost-effective measures to help supply-constrained developing and emerging countries meet their increasing energy demand and loosen the link between economic growth and environmental degradation, such as climate change.

He also added that if the project will get positive response from the industry it is expected to increase the country's energy reserves which will then lower the rates.

Meanwhile, PIEEP provided training materials and software tools to the participants of the event.

PIEEP aims to develop the financing capacity by providing materials and training to finance managers that will allow them to develop and evaluate feasibly energy efficiency projects.

Moreover, the main goal of the global UNIDO program is to encourage and implement sustained energy management and efficiency practices in industry of developing countries.

This will reduce the environmental pressure of economic growth while increasing productivity, helping to generate economic growth, creates jobs and alleviates poverty.

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