Energy Efficiency Measures Required for New Locators, Buildings in Makati

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MANILA, Phililppines --- Economic zone locators and new building proponents in Makati will be required to build energy-efficient facilities otherwise they would not be allowed to construct as part of the measures being implemented to make them competitive in light of the high cost and short supply of power in the country.

Henry Schumacher, executive vice president of the European Chamber of Commerce, announced during the launch of the 3rd Philippine Energy Efficiency Forum (PEEF) 2012 slated on July 10 at the SMX Convention Center that they have to do this because efficiency measures have not yet really been practiced by companies religiously.

"We are barely scratching the surface," said Schumacher when asked

if companies have already reached the 30 percent reduction in their power consumption through energy conservation.

He even admitted that ECCP, which is spearheading the PEEF, has members that are not compliant just like other companies.

According to Schumacher, the ECCP has an agreement with Philippine Economic Zone Authority director-general Lilia B. De Lima and Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay to strictly impose energy efficiency measures among companies operating in their respective areas.

For PEZA, Schumacher said that one of the requirements of their registered locators is to invest in energy efficiency measures otherwise they would not be allowed to construct.

"Locators in the zone are required to take energy efficiency seriously by reducing their energy consumption and prepare to the period when subsidy is no longer to be there once open access is implemented," Schumacher said. …