DOE promotes energy efficiency in government

BAGUIO CITY, 3 May 2018 (PIA) -- Make energy efficiency and conservation a way of life for every Filipino and the government bureaucracy to be the role model. DOE Energy Utilization and Management Bureau (EUMB) OIC Director Jesus Tamang stressed this during the Seminar on Energy Efficiency in the Government at the Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza here last week that was attended by 220 representatives of regional line agencies, government institutions and local government units.

For the bureaucracy, the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP) aims to reduce the monthly consumption of electricity and fuel by at least ten percent of the average monthly consumption in government offices and entities.  

Government agencies from the national to the regional level should take the lead and set an example and in reaching out to the people in the communities, he said.

Tamang reiterated the importance of cooperation in the successful implementation of the GEMP as it will also prove that the government is not only giving directives, enacting laws and issuing policies for implementation of the private sector.  He also stressed on the LGUs’ strong potential in energy efficiency and conservation   advocacy.

Under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) Roadmap (2017 – 2040), the EE&C advocacy will further be strengthened through the passage of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Law; continuing IEC (Information, Education and Communication) across the energy sector; integration of EE&C in the learning and education system and the mainstreaming of EE&C at the LGU level.

Aside from the GEMP and the EE&C Roadmap, participants were also presented with the survey result on government agencies relating to airconditioning system and lighting fixtures; EE&C opportunities in government buildings as well as a sharing of EE&C success story from the Philippine Economic Zone- Baguio.

The DOE – EUMB is mandated to formulate policies, plans and programs related to EE&C and alternative fuels and energy technologies as well as to ensure effective implementation to enhance energy security through diversification of energy sources and address climate change. (ALT/CCD with R. Quindara-PIA CAR/Colegio de Dagupan Intern)