UNDP aims to lower energy costs for consumers, market energy-efficient appliances

12 Nov 2010

BANGKOK - Consumers in six Asian countries could eventually see thirty to 50 percent reductions in the electricity costs to use their household appliances, due to the collaborative efforts of a UNDP/GEF project.

The Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO) and UNDP Thailand hosted the first regional technical working group meeting of the project ‘Barrier Removal to the Cost-Effective Development and Implementation of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Project (BRESL),’ at the Sofitel Centara Grand Bangkok.

The working group hopes to break down the many barriers to energy efficiency, including several regulatory, market, and, financial barriers that have persistently hindered the widespread development and application of efficiency programs in Asian countries.

Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this 5-year regional project aims at rapidly accelerating the adoption, implementation, and harmonization of energy standards and labels (ES&L); and in so doing brings about energy savings from the use of energy efficient appliances/equipment, in six participating countries: Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

At the first technical working group meeting, energy efficiency experts from the six BRESL countries came together to brainstorm on how and to what extent the energy standardization of products such as electric fans, air-conditioners, refrigerators, ballasts, motors, and rice-cookers, could be carried out. The experts also discussed and developed work plans for each product to move towards harmonization in testing protocol, performance standards, and labeling.

The meeting was also observed by related organizations such as the International Copper Association (ICA) and USAID/ECO-Asia, for possible coordination and collaboration towards regional harmonization of energy efficiency standards and labeling efforts.

In Thailand, the BRESL project, which began in 2009, is implemented by TGO, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy’s Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).

The activities focus largely on capacity building and assisting government, manufacturing, distributing, retail, consumer and environmental stakeholders to develop and implement cost-effective ES&L programs, including the pilot studies to incorporate carbon labeling for electrical appliances.