ECCJ has been engaged in ASEAN-Japan cooperation in EE&C for nearly 20 years.
ECCJ has contributed to EE&C in ASEAN countries through the multi-lateral cooperation framework since 2000 and one of successful programs is “ASEAN Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership (AJEEP) Program” started in 2012. A series of workshops (i.e. ECAPs) has been held in Japan, and EE&C of buildings has always been one of the main topics among ASEAN member states. The background of this work there lies an APAEC activity. APAEC, standing for ASEAN PLAN OF ACTION FOR ENERGY COOPERATION, has four main “Outcome-based Strategies” for EE&C program including:
1) Harmonization and Promotion of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling on various kinds of energy-related products
2) Enhancing private sector participation including Energy Service Companies(ESCOs) for EE&C promotion
3) Developing green building codes which support the use of high energy efficient products.
4) Enhance the participation of financial institutions in EE&C development.
The recent workshop on the theme of EE&C of building was in ECAP 9 (the 9th ECAP) held in November 2015 and SEforALL’ workshop held in February 2017. Government experts of ASEAN countries were invited to discuss the development and implementation of EE&C standards for buildings and green buildings, such as Building Energy Code (BEC) and Green Building Codes (GBC).
Sharing of the new version of Japanese Building Energy Code
In Japan the new version of Japanese Building Energy Code (JBEC) with respect to a design phase is enforced from April 2017. The standards specified in JBEC for designing EE&C buildings are unique, practical and data-based, which impose on building owners compliance with the mandatory standard when they newly construct or retrofit buildings. This mandatory requirement by the law for EE&C of buildings was put into effect first time in Japan since JBEC was enforced in 1980. For the EE&C in operation of buildings, the energy intensity target (benchmarking) of each category of none-residential buildings such as offices, hotels and stores has been under development and been announced one by one as the energy management standard in connection with JBEC.
development and been announced one by one as the energy management standard in connection with JBEC.
Based on the results of the SEforALL Workshop in 2017 and the long-lasting discussion of BEC (Building Energy Code) in the ASEAN countries, we have decided to hold a workshop with a focus on two subjects i.e. (a) to let them understand the new BEC of Japan as it is and (b) to let them study how to set the management target in terms of the operation of the building facilities and equipment. By learning Japan’s efforts in the past to enforce BEC on business operators as a mandatory standard and the current state of BEC in respective countries, the workshop participants were able to learn what their present positions are in comparison with the other countries and what directions they should follow. Furthermore, by sharing examples of energy conservation technologies and operation status of Japanese buildings and best practices in building energy efficiency, they succeeded in getting good lessons on concrete measures in policy formulation and improvement for promoting building energy efficiency, which is relatively a weak point of ASEAN countries. Due to the participation of the members who had experiences of ECAP 4, 7, and 9 with the theme of building energy efficiency, they have successfully got the idea of the goal of their own roadmap and shared the direction of Japan-ASEAN cooperation in promoting the building energy efficiency.