EU-funded ASEP and PE2 meet on EE bill and possible collaboration

  • EU-funded ASEP and PE2 meet on EE bill and possible collaboration
    EU-funded ASEP and PE2 meet on EE bill and possible collaboration

TAGUIG CITY, 11 January 2018 – The European Union (EU)-funded Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP) and the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) met earlier today to discuss respective positions on energy efficiency legislation and to explore possible collaborative opportunities until the program is closed in September 2019.

ASEP was represented by its new team leader Mads Christensen and energy efficiency team members Josephine Mangila and Fidelpio Ferraris. The PE2 delegation was composed of its president Alexander Ablaza, vice president for external affairs Ruth Yu-Owen, treasurer Theresa Acedillo-Lapuz and member services and communications manager Luigi Andrei Eusebio.

In this meeting, Ablaza explained PE2’s position that, while a dedicated public-private council and an energy efficiency fund (e.g. guarantee facility) would certainly be helpful to scale up the transformation of the energy end-use market toward a less energy-intensive future, PE2 prefers that the council and the fund be created under separate policy measures, and not through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) bills pending in both houses of the 17th Congress. PE2 shared its view that the private sector, civil society and foreign-assisted projects such as ASEP should continue to harmonize its efforts aimed at accelerating the legislative process for the pending EE&C bills, and that ASEP and PE2 could continue to work together for its subsequent implementing rules and regulations (IRR) and to study the feasibility of introducing new policy measures to establish the dedicated council and the fund.

ASEP and PE2 identified four opportunities for possible collaboration. They include: [a] capacity development activities such as the training of energy managers and measurement & verification professionals; [b] concept papers for a new dedicated council or agency, and for financing mechanisms such as a dedicated fund; [c] green procurement especially to support the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP); and, [d] information, education and communication, especially for stakeholder compliance with the anticipated EE&C law and its IRR.

ASEP is a joint undertaking of the EU and the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE). Through ASEP, the EU has allocated a grant of over PHP 3 billion to assist the Government of the Philippines to meet its rural electrification targets by means of renewable energy, and to promote energy efficiency. As a focal sector for EU development cooperation with the Philippines, the EU has earmarked a total of EUR 190 million out of an overall cooperation budget of EUR 325 million to the energy sector for the period 2014-2020.

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