Component 1: ES&L Policy Making Program Since Thailand has already adopted and implemented Energy Efficiency Policy and voluntary comparative energy labeling for several years. In addition, it already announced Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for air-conditioner and refrigerator in 2004 and 2005 respectively while Thailand is considering developing MEPS of the other 4 BRESL products. Therefore, the scope of activities under Component 1 is changed from “Establishment of legal basis for standards and labels and assisting with the development of regulations for the targeted products” to “Preparation of policy recommendation for energy standards and labels and assisting with the development of Carbon Footprint implementation program for the 6 targeted products”.
This component will address several barriers including lack of technical know-how on ES&L, low level of awareness and understanding of the general public about the concept of “carbon footprint”, lack of information on carbon footprint programs, lack of institutional capacity on ES&L implementation, absence of adequate information on appliance and equipment efficiency and trends and limited local energy performance testing facilities. This component will include several key activities to build capacity for developing and implementing energy standards and codes and supplementary to this, in the development and implementation of carbon footprint programs in targeted products. Also included are activities on staff training, establishment of product-specific working groups, provision for adequate testing facilities, establishment of regular data collection and reporting processes, and facilitation of mutual recognition agreements so that equipment tested and certified in one country does not need to be retested and recertified in other BRESL countries.
This component has been primarily designed to address the barrier that manufacturers are often distrustful of standards and labels, and their objections can delay ES&L efforts or result in weakening of standards. During the Regional Stakeholder Workshop in August 2006, it was agreed that this manufacturer-related barrier is generic across the region, but must be dealt with in the context of each national economic and cultural setting. Therefore the activities will be carried out separately within each country, but with the sharing of lessons learned at the regular regional BRESL meetings being an important part of the component design. The activities under this component will include the provision of information to manufacturers on ways to improve product efficiency at modest cost; training on ways to use ES&L programs to increase profitability; and technical assistance to individual local manufacturers on these issues.
Component 4: ES&L Regional Cooperation Program This component is intended to help the BRESL countries learn from one another so they can emulate successful efforts and avoid repeating mistakes that others have made. The following are the specific activities under this component:
This component is intended to provide flexibility to individual countries, or groupings of countries, to carry out policy research and implement pilot projects at the national level that build on the regional foundation provided by BRESL.