MANILA, Philippines - A peer review is being undertaken by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to assess the performance of the Philippines on its energy efficiency (EE) programs and policy initiatives.
The process which is done under the auspices of the APEC Peer Review on Energy Efficiency (PREE), according to a statement from the Department of Energy (DoE), will run from February 6 to 12. It will basically pore over the developments and hurdles being encountered in the Philippines Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Program.
Energy Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson acknowledged that the five-day program "will let the DoE showcase its past, current and future EE& C programs."
At this point though, she emphasized that achieving long-term benefit of the program, such as injecting lifestyle change on end-users, is still an "uphill battle."
Changing old habits, she noted, will be the most critical component of the government's information and education campaign (IEC) - being one of the core components of the EE program.
"We have to become diligent in spreading the benefits and advantages of becoming more energy efficient," Ayson said.
The APEC peer review of the EE initiatives has been anchored on a declaration made in Sydney, Australia in 2007 - aiming to attain a region-wide energy intensity reduction of at least 25-percent by 2030.
The program, the DOE said, encourages "all APEC economies to set individual goals and action plans for improving energy efficiency, and review progress through the voluntary APEC Energy Peer Review Mechanism. …