Report: Energy Efficiency Multicountry Observational Study Mission, January 26-30, 2015, Japan

Group Photo of Participants
BACKGROUND

The Project is all about Energy Efficiency or to put it simply, “Energy Conservation”. Realizing the factor of cost and its effect in the environment, Energy must therefore be utilized efficiently. The growing demand of energy due to rapid urbanization and industrial development increases also the complexity of the problem since productivity and development results in endangering the environment due to climate change and global warming. Another factor to consider is that Energy production relies heavily on the fossil fuels which are slowly depleting and therefore not a good source of sustainable energy in the future.

The project’s objective is to share each of the country’s best practices of Energy Efficiency implementation whether it is country-wide or in the organizational level. The collective ideas coming from the reports, sessions, site visits and technology exhibits, learned by the participants may be adopted once they return to their respective countries.

OBJECTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION

My objectives for participating the Study Mission are: (a) to learn new ideas of implementing Energy Efficiency Programs that can be adopted in my organization; (b) to understand the culture of other countries and its effect in the implementation of Energy Efficiency Programs and; (c) to learn new technologies and monitoring schemes that will aid the furtherance of Energy Efficiency Implementation in my organization.

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

The Study Mission was attended by 19 delegates from 14 Asian countries. Another participant besides me that came from the Philippines is Mrs. Marcialita V. Garcia from the Department of Energy – Visayas Field Office at Cebu City. Her position is Science Research Specialist II.

SCOPE, CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY

Modules Presented

a. Presentation on Japanese Energy Management Regulation by Energy Conservation Law
b. Germany’s Energy Efficiency Best Practices
c. Introduction of Material Flow Cost Accounting and its relation to Energy Efficiency
d. Current Situations of Energy Efficiency in Japan
e. Hitachi’s Challenge in Energy Saving
f. India’s Energy Efficiency Best Practices

The study mission consisted of interactive lectures, observational site visits and exhibits, and presentation of individual reports.

The individual reports presented by the participants were divided into two (2) presentations. The first individual report was submitted prior to the arrival at Japan. It contained the Country or Organization’s Best Practices, the factors of implementing Energy Efficiency in the organization, the difficulties of implementation of Energy Efficiency and the ways to overcome them, and the expectations from the program. The second individual report contains the action plans after hearing and observing the practices.

My presentation highlighted on the Preventive Maintenance practices which I learned from my experiences in the Steel Plant, Chemical Plant and my present organization which is a Conference Center. I also highlighted the projects and improvements done that significantly reduced energy consumption.

Generally, the participants from the other countries highlighted on the current status of their countries’ energy utilization presented with graphs and statistics.

OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION

Throughout the study mission, what has caught my interest and contemplation is the way the Kokuryudo Co. Ltd presented the graph where 60% of the energy conserved came from the practice embedded to their tenants. The rest came from equipment improvement. While we know that Japan is known for their discipline and commitment, sometimes. Implementing policies even at the organization can contribute greatly in the success of the program.

Others, like the Azbil Corporation, invested in the monitoring devices and equipment so that they can determine how their energy can be properly utilized. Their attention to detail and taking small but repetitive steps towards implementing Energy Conservation Programs becomes a discipline which eventually transformed into a habit among the staff of the organization.

The language barrier did not stop in learning what is essential which was reflected in the presentation of the action plans of the participants. The participants eventually presented with almost the same concepts.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS

The general recommendations of the participants are: (a) to create certain policies though small can encourage the implementation of Energy Efficiency; (b) to reassess processes and determine the wastes and find ways how to minimize them; (c) monitoring of demand and come up with reasonable measures to control it and; (d) further implementation of preventive maintenance of equipment and facilities.

My Action Plans are (a) to draft policies for management that will further implement Energy Efficiency Measures in my organization and (b) to determine the computation of Carbon Credits in which it can be used as an opportunity to further the implementation the Energy Efficiency Programs.

SUBMITTED BY:

CYRIL FELIX
Engineer III
Asset Management Center
Development Academy of the Philippines

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