Countries around the world must implement the most efficient energy management system as an answer to climate change and the rising costs of energy. A pool of energy managers and energy auditors must be developed as catalysts to promote and implement energy management in industries. These are some of the important topics discussed during the echo session last July 27, 2010, held at the Executive Lounge, DAP Pasig City. A total of 17 participants were present in the activity, composed of DAP technical and support staff, and guests from the Department of Energy.
With the theme “Developing a National Framework for Energy Management”, three grantees were invited to share the knowledge and learning they gained from their attendance to the APO courses on Energy Efficiency that was held in India and Cambodia.
The two APO grantees, Mr. Marlon C. Pareja, Technical Director, La Salle Institute for the Environment (LIFE), and Mr. Eric A. Raymundo of Raymundo Environmental Management, made a joint presentation on Energy Management and Energy Audit Methodologies, and highlights of the site visits in India.
On the other hand, Ms. Sugar Gonzales, Associate Project Officer, DAP Center for Sustainable Human Development (CSHD), shared the national framework that she and 3 other Filipino co-participants from DOST and NEDA formulated during their participation in an APO-sponsored workshop held in Cambodia.
According to Mr. Artemio Habitan, Director, DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division, the proposed national framework presented by the APO grantees is well done and can be adopted in the country. He also said that the Department of Energy, in its part, is already taking necessary actions towards the development of the status of the Evaluation and Accreditation, as well as in the formulation of energy management plan and energy audit standards.
A significant outcome of the session is the planned collaboration between the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) through its Center for Sustainable Human Development, the APO grantee resource speakers, and the Department of Energy on the development of a national framework for Energy Management, as well as implementation of capability building programs for Energy Auditors and Energy Managers. The group agreed meet together to discuss the details of the project proposal before the end of 2010.