DOE to reduce energy use by 45% by 2035

by Lenie Lectura – March 19, 2016

from Business Mirror

THE Department of Energy (DOE) is finalizing an updated Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP), expected to be a key contribution to attain the country’s aspirational target of reducing energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035.

The PESLP initially covers room air-conditioners, split-type aircons, refrigerators with 5 cubic feet to 8 cu. ft. storage capacity, three types of fluorescent lamp (CFL, linear and circular) and electronic ballasts.

An updated PESLP would cover a wider range of appliances and lighting systems. It would also include light-duty motor vehicles, DOE Officer in Charge-Assistant Secretary Patrick T. Aquino said.

“We’re almost done updating the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program,” Aquino said.

He said comments and suggestions raised during the public consultations held in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao in February were given substantial weight in the finalization of the PESLP to make the policy more responsive to the needs of all stakeholders.

The PESLP is in line with the agency’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program, a major aspect in cutting down the country’s carbon emissions.

The agency, meanwhile, reiterated its warning to the public of the dangers of peddling liquid fuels in any container, or more known as bote-bote.

Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada said “peddling of liquid fuels in any container, such as soda bottles, plastic bottles, jugs and other similar portable containers, is strictly prohibited,” which is stipulated under the existing Department Circular 2003-11-010, also known as the Retail Rules.

She also said improper handling of liquid fuels may lead to accidental fire, illnesses due to inhalation of hazardous fumes and undesirable effects to the environment.

In order to eliminate the “bote-bote” scheme, the DOE encourages persistent participation of the consuming public, mostly motorists, in this advocacy by buying from authorized and formal gas stations only, instead of patronizing illegal liquid fuel peddlers, as this does not assure the public of “proper fuel quality and right quantity.”

Motorists, she added, should realize that they may actually be short changed and end up spending more for repairs or, worse, accidents.