For the second phase of the Zero Carbon Resorts (ZCR) project, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) worked with partners to launch a Professional Training Program at the PCSD Sustainable Training Institute, Irawan, Puerto Princesa City last June 6 to 7, 2011.
Launched in 2010 through the support of the European Union, the ZCR Project aimed to enable tourism Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Philippines to implement energy-saving measures and switching to renewable energy.
Its project implementors include ASSIST, GrAT (Gruppe Angepasste Technologie), Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), Plataforma Solar de Almeria Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (PSA CIEMAT) and Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC).
ASSIST is represented by Projects and Grants Management Associate Juvy Jem Perez, who discussed Project Sustainability and Knowledge Transfer (KT) component of the project.
“An integral part of switch process, KT can range from simple awareness creation to technical capacity building. It ensures that those who enlisted in the program will be able to sustain the attained switch to energy-efficient measures,” Perez explained.
ZCR’s KT component included the release of collaterals, training materials, handbooks, instructional video, and web-based platform. For sustainability, Perez related the creation of a ZCR community whose member SMEs actively engage in updating a database. The database features the SMEs’ resource consumption, progress report and a virtual forum for project members for sharing best practices and learnings.
She also shared what can be expected in the Replace Phase, which involves the introduction to energy-and water-saving technologies, as well as products made of eco-friendly materials. For this purpose, the ZCR project team will input company and experts information in the database for the SMEs to access.
Other presentations during the ZCR Replace Professional Training delved on the availability of Renewable Energy in the Philippines as reported by PhilGBC, and in Palawan, courtesy of PCSD. Meanwhile, PSA CIEMAT’s Dr. Guillermo Zaragoza discussed the Potential of Renewable Energy in the Philippines and a review of the Principles for Solar Thermal Collectors, and Dr. Robert Wimmer of project lead organization GrAT presented on Demand-Supply Matching as a practice towards energy services optimization.
The program also featured an introduction to Efficient Technologies and Products in the Philippines by PhilGBC, workshop on a community purchase model, and experience sharing among Frontier Group members.#