LEAP Indonesia Project Hosts Review Forum

20 07 2012

To ensure that the project is moving forward, beneficiaries are implementing the required controls per schedule and objectives are fully met, the LEAP Indonesia  implementers Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) and PT TUV NORD Indonesia held a review forum last June 26 and 28 in Jakarta’s Hotel IBIS and Medan’s Hotel Aryaduta, respectively.

LEAP Indonesia or Leapfrog towards Efficiency And Progress through Low Carbon Economy Indonesia is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project designed to help the businesses from five sectors (Cement, Iron and Steel, Textile, Power Plant and Palm Oil) 1) reduce their Green House Gas emissions, 2) become more energy-efficient and 3) contribute to the national plans of the government towards low-carbon economy.

Led by ASSIST Partnerships and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson, TUV Nord Jakarta‘s Eva Pitterling and TUV Nord Medan‘s Ellys Simamora, the review forum covered the project activities since the initial Training of Trainers session in April.

The participants, which included ASSIST local consultants  Tommy Julius, Sahrial Hakim and Harris Salleh engaged in an assessment using the 5D (Discover, Define, Document, Deploy and Determine) cycle. Among the factors evaluated were the provision of management support, training and propagation of the ISO 50001 (Energy Management System).

Further, the event served as a venue for providing technical support for the initial Energy Review and Base-lining that the beneficiary companies were supposed to do.

For instance, company representatives needed to understand the process  of energy audit, leading them how to track electricity wastage.

The Project Team also revisited the commitments of the company beneficiary with respect to reducing their energy consumption and improving energy performance especially under the ISO 50001.

Based on the review findings, the project team discussed the next steps to take, as well as the measures needed to be in place to ensure smooth project flow.

The LEAP Indonesia initiative is co-financed by PT TUV NORD Indonesia and German development bank DEG. ASSIST offers technical expertise, training and technical assistance to local companies for this project.

It is in line with the Indonesian government‘s mandate that Critical National Infrastructures supporting the electricity generation and distribution reduce the carbon dioxide footprint of energy generation using fossil fuel.


Energy audits led by ASSIST and ENPAP for ConservePhil

20 07 2012

In collaboration with members of Energy Efficiency Practitioners of the Philippines (ENPAP) (see photo of auditors above), ASSIST conducted eight energy audits in Metro Manila and Cebu last March 3 to June 17.

The energy audits are part of ConservePhil, a two-year public-private partnership (PPP) jointly implemented by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Improvement (ASSIST) and TUV Rheinland Philippines, in cooperation with GIZ, on behalf of German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It aims to support local retailers in achieving energy efficiency by benchmarking international standards and best practices.

The audits featured an assessment of energy data and an evaluation of the personnel’s practices. For the assessment, the auditors looked at such factors as operating hours of mechanical equipment, electricity bills and operational schedules.

ConservePhil’s efforts will culminate in an energy audit report which will be provided to the respective retailers and will foster the decision-makers’ understanding of the effects of employee practices and the existing operational equipment on energy consumption. In addition, the experts will provide the retailers with case-specific recommendation to support them in implementing energy-saving processes and/or equipment.

Participating retailers were: Automatic Center, Watch Republic, Premium Concepts, Royal Pictures, Regalong Pambahay, Penshoppe, Gaisano, Country Mall and Asia Temp Glass. Meanwhile, the implementing parties were represented by Projects and Grants Management Associate Marivic Mamaradlo, from ASSIST, and Richard Uy and Ramon Cruz, from ENPAP.

Twenty-two more energy audits will be conducted in different locations. #

SHARE Project gathers stakeholders in Cambodia

18 07 2012

SHARE (Sustainable, Hygenic, and Resource Efficiency for Cambodians) held its first Multi-stakeholder Discussion in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodiana Hotel and Somadevi Angkor, respectively last June 28 and 29, 2012.

Through the activity, project partners Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) Mekong and BAYER Material Science (Thailand, Cambodia), aimed to comprehensively review the current scenarios in agro- and seafood drying industries.

Bayer presented an overview of the advanced solar greenhouse dryer concept. From these initial discussions, gaps, needs, challenges and opportunities were brought forward to guide project implementation.

SHARE is an 18-month initiative that seeks to promote a dramatic improvement on the practice of drying agricultural produce and seafood by installing pilot solar dryers. This project will also increase the local technical know-how and attract and motivate other relevant stakeholders to engage in the venture.

Bayer Thai Company Ltd Managing Director Celina Chew welcomed the participants, while Dr. Meas Pyseth from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries presented the importance of solar dryer in Cambodia. Bayer Thai General Manager Veeralakshmanan Bagavathi then introduced the project mechanics. Finally, Silpakorn University Associate Professor presented the history of solar dryer technology and how it reduced the post-harvest loss in Thailand.

Following the activity, the project implementers will select four  interest cooperatives and communities to install the solar dryers. One will be installed in Royal University of Agriculture. #

Zero Carbon Resorts ends Second Phase with a Conference

18 07 2012

The push for a more energy efficient tourism industry in the province of Palawan continues. The Zero Carbon Resorts (ZCR) project now concluded the second phase through the Replace Phase Conference held May 14, 2012. 

Recognizing the boom in Palawan’s tourism industry, ZCR aims to promote a sustainable, ecologically sound basis for future development. The REPLACE phase of the project constitutes its second tier and focuses on replacing inefficient fossil-based technologies with more energy-efficient alternatives.

In the conference, experts presented a wide range of topics on energy efficiency. Dr. Robert Wimmer of GrAT (Center for Appropriate Technologies or Gruppe Angepasste Technologie), Project Lead of ZCR, gave updates about the project and discussed appropriate technology solutions.

Dr. Guillermo Zaragoza, from the Plataforma Solar de Almeria, discussed the potentials of renewable energy, while giving emphasis on solar energy. Finally Engr. Eric Raymundo, Senior Local Technician of GrAT,  presented several measures and technologies that would help in the reduction of energy consumption, thus, leading to abated energy bills and less carbon emissions.

Raymundo particularly stressed the long-term savings companies can achieve by investing in energy-efficient technology. Meanwhile, Engr. Melchor Jaramilla addressed the popular belief that sustainable options always come at a higher price by giving examples of low-cost innovations such as a solar water heater made of locally available materials. Engr. Bernardo Ocampo then  introduced the audience to the “Light from Waste” technology.

Ms. Anita Salayon presented the Green Financing Program of the Development Bank of the Philippines and showed how it provides financing and technical assistance to industries and local government units (LGUs) in order to support investments in environmentally-friendly processes and systems.

Several members of the FG told their success stories and introduced already achieved victories. Ms. Evelyn Tan Banzon, the owner of The Tropical Sun Inn, for example, proudly presented the changes she and her team conducted. In both the REDUCE and the REPLACE phase of the project’s implementation significant reductions in the consumption of electricity have been realized. The money savings will now be used for further improvements, such as the implementation of a rainwater collection system or a system to make use of natural day lighting in order to avoid the use of electric lights during daytime.

The conference also showcased eco-friendly, open-market products., and featured giving awards were given to the best performing Frontier Group members.

1.   Mr. Ruben “Butch” F. Tan Jr., Chairman/CEO, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort

2.   Mr. Ruben F. Tan Jr., Chairman/CEO, Puerto Pension

3.   Engr. Rudolf Weih, Owner, KokosNuss Resort

4.   Atty. Edgar T. Bocar, TIEZA, Balicasag Island Dive Resort

5.   Ms. Evelyn Tan Banzon, Owner, Tropical Sun Inn

6.   Mr. Andy Pownall, CEO, Sangat Island Dive Resort

7.   Mr. Edgar Romero, Owner, Abad Santos Court

Furthermore, the best performing local promoters were recognized. They are: Engr.. Marlon Prieto of Tourism Infrastructure & Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and Ms. Teresita Batul, District Manager of Northern District of PCSDS.

The project conference was conducted in collaboration with the City of Puerto Princesa and sponsored by Hotel and SPA Essentials Inc., SG Eco Industries Inc. and Emeral Vinyl Corp.

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 implementers include
Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (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.

Justice and Healing Holds Stakeholders Meeting, Last Barangay Forum

18 07 2012

The Justice and Healing Project conducted a stakeholders forum and the last of its 15 barangay forums last June 14 and June 26, 2012, respectively.

The Stakeholders’ Meeting gathered representatives from the Project Team as well as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Commission on Women, and the European Commission, to discuss experiences from past barangay forums, sustainability of anti-VAW advocacy, and the commitments of duty-bearers.

The barangay forum, on the other hand, convened officials and women’s advocates from Brgys. 169 and 172 in Malibay, Pasay City, with the help of the Soroptomists International.

After Olive Tripon of Women’s Feature Service introduced the Project and the implementers, Lilibeth Santos and Anamabel Garcia of the Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) presented on the insights of service providers from their experiences in handling cases of gender-based violence.

Meanwhile Atty. Claire Luczon and Women’s Legal Education, Advocacy and Defense Foundation, Inc. (WomenLEAD) discussed on the various laws on violence against women. Finally, Meg Yarcia of Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) led the workshop which saw the barangay officials presenting what they are currently doing, and promise to do, in addressing cases of violence against women.

Through the forum, the Project Team hoped to engage various groups – the police, barangay officials, and women’s rights advocates in a discussion to address violence against women (VAW) and the long journey in seeking justice and healing.

Supported by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), The Justice and Healing project seeks to strengthen the components of the justice system to deliver rights-based and gender-sensitive services using the Justice and Healing perspective with respect to the VAW cases.

The project is implemented by WFS, WCC, WomenLEAD, and ASSIST.