CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –The Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a conference on energy efficient technologies for building industry over the weekend.
The “Conference on Energy Efficient Technologies in the Philippines (Business Sourcing and Matching Opportunities)” is part of the ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership (AJEEP), which seeks to establish cooperation on energy efficiency initiatives between the ASEAN and Japan.
The event 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 saving and “green” products from Japan.
There were also business sourcing and matching activities between the Philippine and Japanese companies to introduce new energy efficiency and conservation technologies and systems in the local market.
“The best way to avoid building more power plants is to focus on energy efficiency,” Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said.
Petilla 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.
DOE hosted the conference 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 in Japan (METI).
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, attended the event. ●Charlene A. Cayabyab
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