April 20, Makati City – the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project marked two important milestones in creating an enabling policy environment for sustainable and energy efficient cold chains through the DeliverE 2.0 and MEP for the Cold Chain Conference held on April 20, 2023 at the Makati Diamond Residences.
DeliverE 2.0 is a database management tool that links cold chain operators with customers and generates insights on policy development. FCC Project supported the development of DeliverE 2.0 through a nationwide data collection of cold storage facilities that populate the said platform. Results of this initiative provided necessary inputs for policies, including the development of the minimum energy performance (MEP) for cold storage warehouses which was undertaken in fulfillment of the provisions stated in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Law and implemented by the Department of Energy – Energy Utilization Management Bureau.
The program started with key messages from Board of Investments (BOI) Governor Marjorie Ramos-Samaniego, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Assistant Director Esperanza Sajul, Energy Utilization and Management Bureau (EUMB) Director Patrick Aquino and FCC Project Manager Adnan Atwa.
“The Cold Chain Industry Database under the DeliverE 2.0 project is therefore crucial for cold chain investments, intelligent policy planning and informed business location. The database is capable to spatially plot existing cold storage warehouses and generate information as to locations with high cold storage demand. This opens up opportunities in enabling the National Cold Chain Committee to contribute to the Administration’s thrust towards achieving food security through strengthening the food value chain.”, BOI Governor Ramos-Samaniego said.
“The cold chain industry is vital for ensuring inclusive economic development and partner in safeguarding our environment by ensuring that its operations and future directions will decouple from greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental issues”, EMB Assistant Director Esperanza Sajul said.
“Energy savings from refrigeration and air conditioning products is estimated to reach 18.76 terawatt hours by 2040. This is 17.8% of the current total annual electricity sales assuming that 5.7% of electricity consumption growth per year under the sustainable cooling scenario. This has a net carbon dioxide reduction effect of 10.68 metric tons co2 equivalent, which is close to the 12% of the unconditional target of the Philippines’ Nationally Determined Contribution submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.” EUMB Director Patrick Aquino said.
“These two outputs under the FCC Policy Component is a product of an inter-agency and multi-stakeholder dialogue seeking to maximize opportunities that will promote energy efficiency and green technologies. This would not be possible without the unwavering support of our partners” FCC project manager Adnad Atwa said.
The event, participated by government partners and industry stakeholders such as farmers associations, cold storage operators, institutional buyers, distribution platform companies, manufacturers and end-users.
National Policy and Regulations Coordinator
Global Partnership for Food Cold Chain in the Philippines Project