The Government has defined the national Energy Efficiency Roadmap for period of 2017 to 2040. The official targets that have been defined are:

  • Reducing TFEC by 1.6 % per annual until 2040 as compared to 2016 level
  • Giving Economy-wide improvement in energy intensity by 3% per annual until 2040 as compared to 2016 level.

Energy saving targets per sectoral which has been defined in the Energy Efficiency Road Map are shown in the Table 1 below:


Energy Efficiency Roadmap for period of 2017 to 2040

Source: The Philippine’s Department of Energy

The Philippines have started developing programs to promote EE&C in the country in 2004, and also released the second version of its EE&C conservation roadmap 2017-40. This document aims to ensure the energy security, while achieving optimal energy pricing and sustainable energy systems. For this, the government of Philippines set cross sectoral as well as sector specific EE&C targets for the transport, industry, residential and commercial sectors which together account for annual energy. To reach the objectives, the Roadmap identified drivers such as sending market signals to provide incentives for EE, strengthening existing policy, advocacy, programs and institutional structures, harnessing private sector/finance partner and enabling innovation and new technologies. The Roadmap focuses on five sectors namely commercial buildings, residential buildings, transport, industry and cross-sectoral, in which short term (2017-2020), medium term (2021-2030) and long term (2031-2040) strategies are identified within each sector.

The strategies for the residential building sector as stated in the Roadmap, spread across the three terms, are as follows:

  • Minimum Energy Performance for appliances
  • Building envelope measures, e.g. cool roofs and insulation
  • Develop role of utilities as key implementation partners and information providers
  • Specific EE programs for low-income households
  • Towards energy efficient housing precincts
  • Inclusion of EE measures in residential Building Code

Whereas the strategies for the commercial building sector, spread across the three terms, are as follows:

  • Reformulate group to oversee EE measures in Building Code
  • Retro-commissioning program for existing buildings
  • Benchmarking and ratings for building information & reporting
  • Inclusion for EE measures in national and regional building codes
  • Provision of incentive funds in place for energy efficiency including private financiers
  • Mandatory disclosure of commercial building energy intensity

Several energy efficiency policies are currently under development, which are the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Bill, Minimum Energy Performance for Industrial, Commercial and Transport, Enhancing ESCO Accreditation System, and Enhancing Government Energy Management Program.

In January 2019, the Philippines Senate approved on the third and final reading a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country. The Senate Bill 1531, or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act of 2018, aims to realize the national energy supply more sustainable, stable, and affordable. This is done by mandating the efficient use of energy resources and promoting the development and utilization of both new and alternative sources of energy-efficient technologies and systems.

The energy efficiency actions plan for 2017 to 2040 period is divided into five different sectors (transport, industry, residential, commercial and cross sectoral) while the timeline is divided into three terms (short, medium and long term). The action plan is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau of the DOE that can be seen in the Table 2 below:


Energy Efficiency Roadmap for period of 2017 to 2040


Source: Philippines Department of Energy

In addition, as reported by ERIA on sectorial analysis of the energy consumption in Cambodia that more than half of savings (about 680 ktoe) will be biomass based, about 330 ktoe are electricity savings generated from heavy fuel oil, and 180 ktoe are diesel savings.