DENR, FMB cited for millions of pesos in energy savings
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and its Forest Management Bureau (FMB) have been recognized as among the 10 most energy efficient government offices in the country, having incurred a combined energy savings worth P6.6 million in 2016.
The recognition was given by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP), which tasks state agencies to undertake intensified energy efficiency and conservation measures to mitigate climate change impacts.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the citation is a “testament to the DENR’s commitment to promote environmental sustainability through various energy management programs and innovations.”
“We take this recognition as a challenge for the DENR to lead government efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change through minimizing energy consumption,” Cimatu said.
In 2016, the DOE noted that the DENR had successfully brought down its electricity consumption by 488,485 kilowatts per hour (kWh), resulting in savings on electric bills worth P4.8 million.
The FMB, on the other hand, posted a savings of 186,500 kWh equivalent to P1.8 million.
A total of 140 government offices were monitored by the DOE in 2016 as part of the GEMP implementation. These offices were required to submit their monthly electricity consumption bills in 2016.