October 23, 2017, 3:44 pm
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Energy-efficient buildings pushed

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) said the government may have to tweak the Building Code in order to be “a step forward” in implementing a more efficient use of power in the Philippines.

“Fundamentally, I would say that one of the first steps that the government must look into is to change the Building Code. Force people to implement energy saving solutions – properly insulate your buildings, use proper window panes. I think that would be a step in the right direction, towards saving a lot of energy,” GuenterTaus, ECCP president,said in a briefing in Makati City.

In addition, setting a fixed temperature for public spaces will also help in lowering unnecessary power consumption, said Taus, noting energy efficiency alone may slash as much as 25 percent of the power bill.

“If you look at energy efficiency, I think in most cases, we don’t really have to look at highly technical solutions. If I look around in my office, we have doubled our office space but we actually cut our energy expenses. We put in a new system there, we replaced all our lights with LEDs and we installed motion sensor in the restrooms so when you walk in, light turns on and you walk out, lights turn off,” Taus said.

He noted the change in system may cost a hefty amount at first, but the return on investment will be fast due to the power savings that it will generate.

Taus also mentioned that ECCP together with the EU-Philippines Business Network will conduct the 4th Energy Smart Philippines Summit later this month in Taguig City to engage stakeholders in implementing policies and programs for energy efficiency.

The event will also have Cebu and Cagayan de Oro legs next month.

The ECCP chief reiterated that the European Union already allocated an indicative amount of 190 million euros from its cooperation budget of 325 million euros for job creation including renewable energy for the period 2014 to 2020.

Taus said among the programs that may be funded by the amount is the Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP) that was launched in 2014 with a P3 billion grant to help the Philippine government achieve its energy efficiency goals.

As part of ASEP, EU will administer calls for proposals from electric cooperatives, private sector, social enterprises, micro-finance institutions and civil society organizations for projects related to providing access to electricity in remote islands.

Aside from weighing proposals, the Energy Smart Philippines Summit will also provide business matching opportunities for renewable energy firms. So far, at least 40 European companies confirmed their attendance.
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