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AS THE Switch to High Ef­fi­ciency Mo­tors (Hems) project funded by the Euro­pean Union would end by De­cem­ber this year, a new project called Lead­er­ship and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Ac­tions in the Philippines (Leeap) will be launched some­time next year to con­tinue with the elec­tric­ity ef­fi­ciency ini­tia­tives of Hems in the coun­try.

Hems project was launched in 2014 with the aim of re­duc­ing elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion of lo­cal in­dus­tries in the Philippines.

“The spe­cific ob­jec­tive of this pro­gram is to in­crease the de­ploy­ment of high-ef­fi­ciency mo­tors in the Philip­pine in­dus­tries. One of the sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy that is rec­om­mended by the Euro­pean Union is to en­sure that even af­ter the pro­gram ends in 2017, this com­ing De­cem­ber, there should be an in­ter­me­di­ary. The En­ergy Ser­vice Company (Esco) will con­tinue what Hems project has been do­ing and en­gag­ing the dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries and end users to re­place their old mo­tors with high-ef­fi­ciency mo­tors,” said project man­ager Marvin Ryan Bathan.

One of their stake­hold­ers is the Esco, which “acts as project de­vel­op­ers for a wide range of tasks and as­sume the tech­ni­cal and per­for­mance risk as­so­ci­ated with the project.”

Bathan said in Davao City there are about six to seven Esco part­ners that Hems is cur­rently work­ing with. Start­ing De­cem­ber 2017, the HEMs project will al­ready be ter­mi­nated which will be fol­lowed by Leeap, a new project that aims to con­tinue what HEMs has started.

Ac­cord­ing to Bathan, tra­di­tional mo­tors of in­dus­trial plants equip­ment are re­placed with high ef­fi­ciency mo­tors which would help in­crease en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of elec­tric­ity-in­ten­sive in­dus­tries, cut down elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion, and re­duce con­tri­bu­tion to green­house gas emis­sions.

“Ac­tu­ally the cost is higher but what we are try­ing to ad­vo­cate is that for con­sumers not to look at the first cost alone. They should also look at the eco­nomic life of the mo­tors or of the equip­ment and then con­sider its to­tal own­er­ship cost be­cause if you do that, then in the long run, your higher ef­fi­ciency equip­ment will be the bet­ter op­tion and will give you prac­ti­cally a bet­ter value for your money,” Bathan said.

The project is tar­get­ing about 55 per­cent of po­ten­tial of elec­tric­ity sav­ings of com­pa­nies that would invest in us­ing high-ef­fi­ciency mo­tors.

The Hems project as­sis­tance in­clude de­vel­op­ment of fi­nanc­ing pro­gram, build­ing the ca­pac­ity of banks to eval­u­ate Hems in­vest­ment, and build­ing the ca­pac­ity of Es­cos and ser­vice providers to im­ple­ment projects among oth­ers.

Bathan said with the tran­si­tion of the project from Hems to Leeap, they are look­ing for­ward to talk­ing with the Davao City Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Inc. and the Davao City In­vest­ment and Pro­mo­tions Cen­ter to bet­ter im­ple­ment it.

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