Gov't to Set New Standards for Lighting Products

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Gov't to Set New Standards for Lighting Products


In light of the global energy crisis, a memorandum of agreement was signed by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Energy to develop 21 new standards aimed within 18 months to make lighting products sold in the local market more energy efficient.

The agreement was signed by the DTI's Bureau of Product Standards and the DoE's Energy Research and Testing Laboratories Services (ERTLS) to support the Philippine Efficient Lighting Market Transformation (PELMAT) program, the government's roadmap in the promotion of energy efficient lighting system in the country.

Under the PELMAT program, the BPS is committed to develop 21 standards on EEL systems within 18 months.

The collaboration will strengthen both parties testing capabilities on lighting systems, improve the quality and energy efficiency of lighting products and raise the productivity and competitiveness of these products.

BPS and DOE-ERTLS also convened the active players of the Philippine lighting industry in an Inception Workshop on the Development of Lighting Product Standards. The Inception Workshop created five Technical Working Groups (TWGs) under the BPS Technical Committee on Lamps and Related Equipment (BPS/TC 04).

"The Bureau formed these TWGs to fast-track the updating of existing Philippine National Standards (PNS) on lighting systems and to hasten the development of new lighting standards that include Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)," said BPS Director Jesus L. …

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