Energy Efficiency: Making It Work Nationwide
Notably, an enabling government framework for energy efficiency contributed to the project’s success. The government-decreed AOs provided directions on energy management at a time when energy
efficiency was an unfamiliar concept among public agencies. It also became a starting point for projects such as the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project to initiate more energy efficiency activities. Government energy policies, a road map, laws, and executive legislation are critical for providing a robust and sound legal basis for project proponents and stakeholders.
A flexible approach to project design and scope is essential. Initially, external forces made adjustments necessary. Although the original plan included only 40 buildings, the project management team expanded the target to 135 building while maintaining implementation efficiency.
Energy efficiency lighting is a sound investment.
Energy efficient lighting systems will result in significantly lower energy demand, consumption and, more importantly, energy savings. Whether borrowing from the markets or using internal resources to implement energy efficiency measures, energy efficient lighting systems is a feasible option when considering return on investment and payback period. This success may further stimulate the government to retrofit cooling and refrigeration systems and motor loads of government buildings while involving the private sector.
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