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Philippines Secures GEF Co-Financing Of Us$3.166 Million For The Philippines Industrial Energy Efficiency Project


Vienna, 28 June 2011-- The Philippine Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna reported that the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing US$3.166 Million to support the Philippine Industrial Energy Efficiency Project.

The Project aims to introduce ISO 50001 energy management standard along with system optimization approach for improvement of industrial energy efficiency of the Philippines.

The project’s implementing agency, the Department of Energy, to be supported with UNIDO’s technical expertise, will focus on capacity building for both individual experts and industrial facilities.

It will train Filipino national experts in both the optimization of steam, compressed air and pumping systems and in energy management while at the same time introducing these concepts to participating industrial enterprises that will directly benefit from project implementation.

Expected outputs will include greenhouse gas emissions reductions from savings in the use of fuel and electricity attributable to systems improvements undertaken by the participating industrial enterprises.

The project will also build capacity for industries in order to introduce an energy management standard - ISO 50001 – an international energy management standard. Compliance with this new ISO Standard will provide an incentive for continuous attention to improved energy use efficiency.

The purpose of an energy management standard is to provide an organizational framework for industrial facilities to integrate energy efficiency into their management practices, including fine-tuning production processes and improving the energy efficiency of industrial systems.

GEF and UNIDO’s participation in the Philippine Industrial Energy Efficiency Project started with the GEF/UNIDO Philippines preparatory assistance project. An industrial survey was undertaken in Philippines to compile data and information relevant for the development and formulation of the full scale Philippine Industrial Energy Efficiency Project.

The Survey focused on: current energy management practices; energy consumption patterns, critical barriers for improved energy efficiency; cost effective energy efficiency measures and technological interventions; and barriers and adoption of energy management standards.

UNIDO’s industrial energy efficiency (IEE) programme assists industry in developing countries to develop and implement energy efficiency projects and comply with energy management standards.

UNIDO, based in Vienna, is an implementing agency of the GEF with recognized comparative advantage in industrial energy efficiency. The primary donor of UNIDO IEE programme is the Global Environment Facility (GEF).