Report: Energy Efficiency for SMEs Training, 17-20 May 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Study visit at Green Tomorrow, Seoul, Korea


The interest in energy efficiency is not new among organizations and companies in all sectors as well as consumer groups worldwide. Energy efficiency has been a goal for years to provide more power for economic activities and residential demand at least cost while using less fuel. There have been some clear successes observed in many parts of the world, such as the growing adoption of energy-saving appliances and utilization of energy-efficient techniques and technologies. Yet more needs to be done in both the private and public sectors to facilitate energy-efficient practices and procedures in the Asia-Pacific region, where growing demand for energy supplies, emerging environmental issues, and increased stress on aging energy infrastructure have become evident.

As one of the major initiatives to promote energy efficiency and energy management, the APO initiated a series of projects to build the capacity of member countries in 2007. As an offshoot of these activities, manuals entitled Working Manual on Energy Auditing in Industries and Training Manual on Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises were published. In addition, a number of energy efficiency-related projects have been conducted by the APO in subsequent years to enhance the productivity of member countries. In 2011, the Training Course on Energy Efficiency for SMEs is scheduled to point out opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and how SMEs in APO member countries can take advantage of them. Such opportunities to reduce energy costs substantially can decrease dependence on imported energy supplies and reduce carbon emissions simultaneously.

During the training course, apart from understanding general measures of energy efficiency, participants will have opportunities to learn about industrial applications of energy efficiency in pumps, boilers, furnaces, industrial lighting, and buildings including heating and cooling systems, while observing energy-efficiency opportunities in industrial and manufacturing operations.


The objective of the training is to train a pool of trainers on energy efficiency equipped with advanced knowledge of energy efficiency, energy conservation and energy management enabling them to conduct national training courses for multiplier effects.


Participation to the Project will be both beneficial to the participant, professionally, and to the Department of Energy in meeting its goal towards energy efficiency and conservation to make it a way of life, increase awareness and attainment of considerable energy savings from the implementation of energy efficiency programs. I expect for the training to enhance my skills and to provide the participant advance knowledge on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and energy management. Intensifying my capability is consistent to the Department’s strategies to achieve these goals through the aggressive promotion of energy conservation and energy efficient technology to effect higher energy savings both for the private and public sector through information, education and communication campaigns and intensify collaboration effort with the private sector in implementing energy efficiency programs.


There were 17 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Republic of China, Fiji, IR Iran, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Engr. Camelo B. Cabuga, the lone Filipino participant, is a Senior Science Research Specialist of the Department of Energy and is stationed at the Energy Resource Development and Utilization of the DOE-Mindanao Field Office, Davao City. He leads the implementation of the Department’s energy efficiency and conservation programs and projects in Mindanao, such as, energy spot check in government owned buildings, energy audit of commercial buildings and information, education and communication (IEC) on energy efficiency and conservation in the general public and industrial sector.


Expert Presentations and Scope

a) Importance of Energy Efficiency – Mr. Kazuhiko Yoshida, ECCJ
b) Energy Efficiency: Concept & Fundamental – Mr. Kazuhiko Yoshida, ECCJ
c) Korea’s Energy Standards and Labelling – Ms. Jennifer Kim, KEMCO
d) Best Practices in Improving Energy Efficiency in Malaysia – Ms. Mazna Abdul Majid
e) Energy Efficiency Tools and Techniques for SMEs – Mr. Tsutomo Okamoto, ECCJ
f) Energy Conservation Technology and Policy for Extending Buildings
– Dr. Seung-Eon Lee, KICT
g) Reducing the Energy Consumption of Networks – Dr. Sanghak Lee, KETI
h) Best Practices of Energy Efficiency in Japan and Guidance for Asian Countries – Mr. Tsutomo Okamoto, ECCJ

Field Visits

a) Green Tomorrow – is a company that introduces the new vision of the sustainable architecture through creating an environment of energy independence and minimizing the environmental impact. It showcases the combination of passive and active design in buildings for an optimized energy performance and on-site renewable energy which can generate the amount of energy for its consumption.

b) Davos Hospital – Instead of using boiler and chiller for its heating and cooling requirements, the hospital operates Heat Pump systems. One system uses the natural geothermal heat and another system using the ambient air temperature.

Company Presentation

1. Ultra Performance Plant Control (UPPC) – by DongSung E & E
UPPC is a chiller plant control system based on state-of-the-art optimization algorithm to achieve ultra efficiency of chiller plants. It is compatible with all chiller plants and capable of remotely monitoring chiller plant performance.

2. Eco-Friendly Energy Saving Technology – Kookmin Energy Co., Ltd
Kookmin Energy Co. installed the geothermal and air heat pump systems in Davos Hospital.

Group Presentations

On the second day, the Participants were divided into four (4) groups:

1. PAVIFIJABA (Pakistan, Vietnam, Fiji, Japan and Bangladesh)
2. TINT (Taiwan, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh)
3. Pro-Green World (India, Philippines, Cambodia and Mongolia)
4. Power Saver (Malaysia, IR Iran, Pakistan and Cambodia)

Each group was tasked to make a 20 minute presentation on the common issues and problems on energy efficiency of each country and then the proposed actions to be taken which is to be divided into three categories. Short-term plan for actions that could be done in 3 months, medium-term plan for actions that will take 3 months to 1 year to complete and the long-term plan for those measures that will take more than a year to implement.

Presentations were done on the last day. Examination was the last activity of the course.


The participants had different level of knowledge and experience in energy efficiency. Some have long been involved in energy conservation programs and projects but some were totally new to the concept. Nevertheless, the course met its objective and it was beneficial to all participants. The resource speakers’ commands in English were good; they were experts in their subject matter; and were effective in their presentation. It was clear that they spoke very well because they are knowledgeable on the subject and had vast experience to back up what they were talking.

The group presentation and examination part of the course is commendable. It was during the group discussion on the common issues and concerns on energy efficiency that we were able to share ideas and came up with a better plan on how we could address the issues collectively.


Participants were all praise to the APO Secretariat Team of the Training Course on Energy Efficiency for SMEs. The course was very well coordinated and the resource speakers are all experts in their field. More training like this should be held and participated by NPOs for learning and sharing of experiences.

My recommendation for the Department of Energy and Philippine NPO (DAP) is to collaborate in the following projects that both agencies have shared interests:

1. Establish Energy Benchmark in the Manufacturing Sector;
2. Inventory of energy efficient systems/technologies available in the country and its suppliers; and
3. Conduct IEC to the manufacturing industries.

Conduct of IEC on energy efficiency is a regular activity of the Department of Energy. What was learned during the training course in Korea will be integrated in the forthcoming IEC activities.


Senior Science Research Specialist
Energy Resource Development and Utilization
Department of Energy – Mindanao Field Office


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