DOE holds 2013 Energy Efficient Technologies confab

By Josine F. Estuye

MANILA, (PNA) — The Department of Energy (DOE), in cooperation with the Japan Business Alliance for Smart Energy Worldwide (JASE-W), ASEAN-Centre for Energy (ACE), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan (METI), on Wednesday hosted a conference on energy efficient technologies aimed at boosting the implementation of energy efficiency in the building industry.

The “Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies in the Philippines (Business Sourcing and Matching Opportunities)” led by Energy secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, was held at the Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City.

The conference was attended by around 200 participants, including building experts from Japan, officials from different government agencies, and energy efficiency and conservation practitioners from the academe, private sector, among others.

It highlighted discussions and presentations on the utilization of emerging technologies in the building sector of the Philippines such as heat pump technology, energy-efficient chiller application, and other energy savings and “green” products from Japan.

Philippine and Japanese companies’ new energy efficiency and conservation technologies and systems in the local market were introduced during the conference.

Secretary Petilla said efficiency talks are very important, citing that with the use of energy efficient technologies, the country could avoid building more power plants.

He added that the key to a growing economy is practicing energy efficiency and building partnerships among industry players, in addition to proper information dissemination to the public.

The said conference is part of the ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership (AJEEP), which seeks to establish cooperation on energy efficiency initiatives between the ASEAN and Japan.