Issue of February 4, 2018
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DENR, forest bureau cited for millions’ worth of energy savings
by DENR release

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources and its Forest Management Bureau have been recognized as among the 10 most energy efficient government offices in the country, having incurred a combined energy savings worth P6.6 million in 2016.

The recognition was given by the Department of Energy under the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP), which tasks state agencies to undertake intensified energy efficiency and conservation measures to mitigate climate change impacts.

Sec. Roy A. Cimatu welcomed the citation as a “testament to the DENR’s commitment to promote environmental sustainability through various energy management programs and innovations.”

“We take this re-cognition as a challenge for the DENR to lead government efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change through minimizing energy consumption,” Cimatu said.

In 2016, the DOE noted that the DENR had successfully brought down its electricity consumption by 488,485 kilowatts per hour (kWh), resulting in savings on electric bills worth P4.8M.

The FMB, on the other hand, posted a savings of 186,500 kWh equivalent to P1.8M.

A total of 140 government offices were monitored by the DOE in 2016 as part of the GEMP implementation. These offices were required to submit their monthly electricity consumption bills in 2016.

Four major buildings inside the two-hectare DENR central office on Visayas Avenue in Quezon City went through spot checking and evaluation by the DOE. Also inspected were the FMB main and annex buildings, also along Visayas Avenue.

DENR’s Administrative Officer IV Rico Manalo attributed the savings to energy efficiency and conservation practices institutionalized at the head office.

These measures include strict observance of operating time of all air conditioning units from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., setting aircon thermostat at no lower than 25 degrees Celsius, replacing old aircons with inverter-type, and changing flourescent lights with LED lights.

Manalo said these interventions caused a significant drop in the DENR’s per capita electric power consumption to a monthly average of 169.33 kWh in 2016 from 205.86 kWH in 2015.

This, despite the fact that the DENR workforce increased from 800 in 2015 to 1,095 in 2016 due to the implementation of the agency’s rationalization plan.

Pursuant to Administrative Order 110 issued in 2004 by then President Gloria Arroyo, GEMP seeks to promote sensible use of energy resources through intensified conservation efforts and efficient utilization.

Aside from the DENR and FMB, other government entities that made it to the top 10 most energy efficient list were Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, Department of Agrarian Reform, Mariano Marcos State University, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, National Housing Authority, National Irrigation Administration-UPRIIS, and Philippine National Oil Company.

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