Energy dep’t to lay down rules for conservation program

THE Department of Energy (DoE) is planning to issue six circulars to lay down the rules for, among others, vehicle testing laboratories and the certification process for auditors participating in its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program.

At a consultation on Dec. 22, the DoE released the six draft circulars which when completed will govern the operation of testing laboratories for the examination and verification of Energy Efficiency of Energy-Consuming Products and fuel efficiency of transport vehicles; as well as the energy audit certification guidelines for Firms, Partnerships, and Corporations.

The drafts will also cover guidelines for the endorsement of energy efficiency strategic investments to the Board of Investments for fiscal incentives, and the adoption of training regulations and prescribing certification processes of Energy Auditors, Energy Managers and Energy Conservation Officers.

The virtual consultation was joined by 300 stakeholders, representing various sectors like transportation and government.

“Let us ensure that our targets and goals on the country’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program will be met,” Senior Undersecretary Jesus U. Posadas said.

The next public consultation on the circulars is scheduled for January. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson