DOE Holds Industry Consultation on PH Energy Labeling Program
TAGUIG CITY – The Department of Energy (DOE), through its Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB), on Tuesday (26 April) held a hybrid industry consultation on the Philippine Energy Labeling Program (PELP) at the F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City.
Participants included manufacturers, importers, and distributors of Energy Consuming Products (ECPs).
“This consultation will help ensure the effective implementation of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, as it seeks to further refine the PELP. The labeling program plays a crucial role in encouraging our consumers to switch to and choose energy efficient products through checking the information labels.” Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.
EUMB Director Patrick T. Aquino, CESO III presented the status of PELP Registration as of 22 April 2022, and proposed improvements to the energy label, featuring enhanced dimensions, specifications, as well as the presentation of the energy label design to maximize the available space for product information.
Since its launch on 12 August 2021, the DOE has received a total of 634 applications for product registration. Of this total, 522 have already been approved, and about 402 of these have been issued with the PELP energy labels.
Labels have been issued to 207 air conditioner models, 102 lighting products, 64 refrigeration appliances, and 29 television sets.
In addition, the proposal on a “starless label” was also presented, which will pave the way for the labeling of energy-consuming products even before the imposition of their corresponding Minimum Energy Performance (MEP) requirement. The DOE also updated stakeholders on the forthcoming improvements to the PELP Online System, which will streamline the registration process and would be easier to navigate.
During the open forum, inquiries were made on the validity of issued energy labels should the design be changed.
Director Aquino assured the stakeholders that those labels that have already been issued prior to the effectivity of the new design will remain valid until the expiration of the label, which is a year after its issuance.
Meanwhile, on concerns regarding the conduct of enforcement, monitoring, and verification activities, Director Aquino clarified that enforcement activities, including market monitoring and the drawing of samples for verification, will start in January 2023. This means that by next year, all PELP-covered products in the market must bear the PELP Energy Labels. Until then, manufacturers, importers, and distributors must register their products to the PELP System as part of compliance to the law.
Participants expressed their support for the implementation of the PELP, as well as their continued cooperation and active participation in PELP-related activities and matters.
The Philippine Energy Labeling Program is one of the initiatives of the DOE as part of the implementation of Republic Act No. 11285, or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act. The law provides for a national labeling framework to provide information on the energy performance of products.
The Program includes the registration of energy consuming products through the PELP Online System.