Quezon City, Philippines – World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) organized a Virtual Training for Local Governments on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) and Building Energy Audit last 14, 16, 20 and 23 October 2020.
The virtual training sessions are part of the continuing partnership of WWF Philippines and ICLEI SEAS in supporting cities to deliver and enhance their climate ambitions through the WWF’s One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) program. The training series aimed to equip technical staff of the local governments (LGUs) with relevant information on concepts, policies, and tools on EE&C for more informed policymaking as well as development and implementation of programs, projects, and activities.
Representatives from relevant departments and offices of Tagum City, San Carlos City, Batangas City, and Muntinlupa City attended the training series.
“This will guide us on how to scientifically reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and be compliant to the national law.” said Mr. Danilo Villa, Climate Change Consultant of Muntinlupa City, during his opening remarks. He expressed that this training is very important for the city as they are preparing to formulate their own Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan (LEECP), a requirement under the EE&C Law (R.A. 11285).
Understanding energy efficiency and conservation
Atty. Gia Ibay, Head of Climate and Energy Programme of WWF Philippines, cited that most of the global population lives in cities, and cities also account for more than 75% of the global GHG emissions. Therefore, she emphasized the importance of working with cities to deliver transformative solutions to meet the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Atty Ibay shared that energy efficiency and conservation measures present an array of concrete solutions that LGUs can readily implement. Furthermore, these solutions can also result in multiple economic, environmental, and social) benefits.
Key concepts on EE&C was laid out by Ms. Nikki Ortiz, Project Officer for Energy & Built Environment of ICLEI SEAS, and also shared some good practices of cities in Southeast Asia to inspire participating cities to implement innovative actions. Ms. Ortiz emphasized that localizing EE&C solutions can be in various forms including policies, advocacy, capacity building, technology investment, and infrastructure development.
The role of LGUs in the implementation of EE&C Law
DOE envisions EE&C as a “way of life for all Filipinos” and the Philippine Energy Efficiency & Conservation Act (R.A. 11285) sets the legal foundation to realize this vision. Representatives from DOE’s Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) and its field offices presented the significance and requirements of R.A. 11285 and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for LGUs. These included the professional competency and services, designated establishments, energy labeling, and energy performance, the government energy management program, and fiscal incentives.
DOE resource speakers also delivered lectures on basic building energy audits for the participants in which they introduced the basic concepts, requirements, methodologies, and tools. This was followed by hands-on exercises on doing energy audits of lighting and air conditioning systems, cost-benefit analysis of lighting and air conditioning unit installations, and filling out the LEECP template.
Mr. BJ Gochoco, Project Officer for Adaptation of ICLEI SEAS, also introduced the Guidebook for the Energy Advocates which is a reference material that provides a comprehensive and straightforward step by step guide on conducting a walkthrough energy audit. This resource material and other relevant knowledge products are available for download at the ACCELERATE platform.
The ACCELERATE project is funded through the 10YFP Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Environment Programme, with a generous contribution from the Ministry of Environment of Japan. The project aims to strengthen sustainable consumption of energy use in Pasig City and Paranaque City through enhancing the implementation of the Philippine Green Building Code and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Law across the board by inspiring action from the private sector and local communities.