A group of Nepali government officials recently attended a lecture on energy conservation and management conducted by the Department Science and Technology (DOST) 7, opening a new avenue of cooperation among the Philippine government, its private partners, and Nepal.
The group, led by Joint Secretary Madhav Prasad Gadtaula, is composed of Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Finance officials from the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
They came to visit the DOST S&T Complex in Cebu on a week-long educational tour as part of the Nepal Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP) to promote and institutionalize efficient use of energy in the Himalayan country.
The programme is sponsored by German Development Cooperation (otherwise known as theGesellschaftfuerInternationaleZusammenarbeit or GIZ) and has among its objectives the implementation of measures for the efficient use of energy and the promotion of energy in households and the industrial sector.
One of the approaches to achieve its objectives is the development of a well-designed national policy framework and strategy which Nepal lacks and which its government hopes to do by learning and adopting from energy efficiency strategies and policies proven effective and institutionalized in other countries.
The study tour is also aimed at enabling the visiting Nepali officials to understand and to gain insight into the issues and challenges the Philippines encountered in establishing the energy management institutional framework.
Highlighting their educational tour was a look-see around the DOST 7 S&T Complex followed by an informative lecture by Regional Director Edilberto L. Paradela who centered his discussion on proper and effective energy management strategy.
RD Paradela, in spelling out one of the major requisites for a sound and effective energy management, emphasized the need for a formal energy policy, management system, action plan, and regular review.
He further stressed, among others, the need for full integration of energy management into the management structure, the establishment of communication channels within the organization, and the setting up of a monitoring system to determine energy consumption and faults and to quantify costs and savings.
These requirements were enumerated in the energy management matrix that RD Paradela presented to the visitors to guide them in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their government in pursuing their objectives.
The tool helps them identify their country’s status in the scale of 0-4 in energy management levels.
The information the Nepali officials gained from the discussion had brought them to a heightened awareness of the inadequacy of the energy management system in Nepal in the absence of any clear government policy direction in pursuing efficient energy management.
To date Nepal has yet to set its own policy on the matter. But with their new insights into the efficient energy solution adopted by the DOST 7, the Nepali officials now have had clearer understanding of the inadequate state of Nepal’s current energy management system.
Showing appreciation for the knowledge the DOST 7 had shared with them, they expressed optimism that may now have found a better solution to their predicaments by adopting the DOST 7’s effective energy management strategies to their country.