POLICIESPrescribing the Guidelines of the Philippine Energy Labeling Program (PELP) for Compliance of Importers, Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers of Electrical Appliances and Other Energy-Consuming Products (ECP)

Dc2020-06-0015

Signed on June 15, 2020


Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7638 or the “Department of Energy (DOE) Act of 1992” states that it is the policy of the State to ensure a continuous, adequate, reliable, and economic supply of energy through, among others, judicious conservation, renewal, and efficient utilization of energy, to keep pace with the country’s growth and economic development.

This Department Circular applies to importers, manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of all energy-consuming products, equipment and transport vehicles. Energy Consuming Products (ECP) refer to products that utilize any form of energy (i.e., electricity, petroleum products, renewable energy, etc.) for specific use.This Department Circular covers the responsibility of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) of the DOE in the formulation, promulgation, enforcement, review and evaluation of the PELP policy and for implementing monitoring activities to ensure the industry player’s compliance to the program.

The implementation of the PELP will lead to the empowerment of consumers in choosing energy efficient products at the point of sale, realization of energy savings and reduction of energy consumption through the use of energy efficient products, elimination of energy inefficient products in the market and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The PELP initially covers the following ECPs – room air conditioners (RACs), refrigeration units, television sets and lighting products. Additional ECPs shall be included within the coverage of the PELP upon recommendation of the EUMB. Provided also that this recommendation will be made after public consultation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Transportation (DOTR).

This Department Circular serves as a guide for the industry players on their responsibilities on the application of energy labels of their products. They shall follow the guidelines in Section 6 of the Department Circular accordingly. Below is the table of application fees that they shall pay for the application.

Section 10 explains the role of the Technical Working Group in facilitating the development of Particular Product Requirement (PPR). They shall be considered as the interim bodies of technical personnel should there be any new technologies or updates on the current PELP.

It is the responsibility of the retailer to ensure that the ECPs covered by the PELP and are for sale in stores have the energy labels attached to them on the location prescribed in this Department Circular and are visible to the buyers. It is also their responsibility to submit annually to DOE information on the inventory of sales and technical files of compliant models.

To promote RA 11285 as a way of life, the Department circular aims to help the public in having an energy-efficient home by choosing energy-efficient products.

Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7638 or the ""Department of Energy (DOE) Act of 1992' states that it is the policy of the State to ensure a continuous, adequate, reliable, and economic supply of energy through, among others, judicious conservation, renewal, and efficient utilization of energy, to keep pace with the country's growth and economic development.

The Department Circular is known as the MEPP Guidelines where it pertains to all importers, manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and retailers of all energy-consuming products, equipment, and transport vehicles. The MEPP will initially cover the following ECPs - room air conditioners (RACs), refrigeration units, and lighting products. The additional ECPs shall be made after public consultation and coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Transportation (DOTR) for fuel economy performance labeling requirements for transport to be included in the recommendation of the EUMB. The responsibility of the applicants is to make certain that their products comply with the applicable MEPP and its requirements. On the other hand, the retailers shall ensure that the ECPs covered by the MEPP and are for sale in stores that are complied with the MEPP and cooperate fully with the DOE Monitoring Team during the conduct of enforcement, monitoring and verification activities. The MEPP shall be reviewed every 3 years by the members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of PELP. The output of the TWG of PELP on the MEPP shall be delivered to the EUMB for approval. For effective implementation, all applicants and retailers of MEPP-covered ECPs shall ensure that ECPs comply with the prescribed MEPP in Annex A in the Department Circular. The enforcement, monitoring, and verification of compliance by applicants and retailers with the MEPP requirements shall be conducted at least once a year, consistent with the PELP Guidelines and PELP Implementing Guidelines. Pursuant to the Act and the EEC-IRR, any person or entity found in violation of any of the following shall be subject to the appropriate criminal, civil, and/or administrative sanction. However, any person or entity that has committed any of the Prohibited Acts in Section 7 of this Department Circular requires an explanation supported by reports, returns, and other documents to rebut the alleged commission of the prohibited act and other particulars provided by the Department Circular. The DOE shall publish a biannually updated list of compliant products. Non-compliant products shall be published on the DOE website within 72 hours and biannually in newspapers of wide circulation, including the name of the applicant or retailer with the brand name and model, to whom the violation applies, and who failed to remedy the citation received from the DOE. In accordance with Section 85 of the EEC IRR, the DOE shall develop and undertake a national awareness and advocacy program covering energy efficiency and conservation and pursue partnerships with relevant stakeholders for the appreciation of this Department Circular.

The Annex A Table in the policy shows the figures of the Minimum Energy Performance for Products (MEPP) and Annex B Table shows the schedules of penalties and fines that will be imposed for every violation.