Barriers Removal to the cost-effective development of energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (BRESL)

What We Do


Over the past decade, Asia has had an average growth rate in energy use of 3.7%, more than twice the global average of 1.6%. With the rapid economic growth in many countries in the region, the demand for major appliances and equipment is expected to keep increasing. Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling (ES&L) programmes and policies are an effective way of improving energy efficiency and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ES&L programmes are also among the most cost-effective types of policies to mitigate global climate change.

Since 2009, UNDP has worked in partnership with the Directorate General for Electricity and Energy Utilization (DGEEU) at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) to create and implement a relevant policy framework based on proven regional experiences to accelerate the adoption of energy standards and labels. On a regional level, six participating countries- Bangladesh, China (host country), Indonesian, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam -will work together to reduce GHG emission by an estimated 23.4 million metric tons (MMT) per year by the end of the project in 2013.

The Global Environment Facility has provided UNDP with US $ 1,170,000 to which the Government of Indonesia added US $ 2,909,900 to carry out the BRESL project. The project facilitates the harmonization of test procedures, standards and labels among above-mentioned countries. To achieve the removal of barriers to ES&L, the project is comprised of five components, aiming to strengthen policy making, provide capacity building and manufacturer support, as well as enhance regional cooperation and assist in the design of individual pilot projects. Seven home appliances are targeted - air conditioners, ballasts, electric fans, electric motors, refrigerators, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and rice cookers.

Key Milestones


Legal and regulatory framework

UNDP promotes the establishment of a legal and regulatory basis for removing from the market technologies that are less energy efficient and produce more emissions, and the adoption of high-efficiency technologies in the following ways:

  • Regulation No.6/2011 on CFLs, which was issued by MEMR and followed by a Technical Guideline which has been signed and released by the Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (DGNREEC);
  • Two drafts of ministry regulation on refrigerator and air conditioner labels were submitted to the DGNREEC and will be the basis for creation of technical guidelines for labels;
  • Drafts of energy performance tests on rice cookers and electric fans were finalized and submitted to the DGNREEC, to be enacted as the Indonesian Standard for Energy Performance;
  • Testing protocol of electronic ballast was submitted to DGNREEC to be evaluated and included as Technical Guideline under ministerial regulation; and
  • Regional feasibility study on CFL conducted based on Australian practices and updated for standard harmonization of CFL energy performance.

Implementation of regulatory framework

UNDP has been working towards increasing the capacity of institutions and individuals to secure on-the-ground implementation of the regulatory framework:

  • Eight government officials participated in a study visit to the Australian Ministry of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in Canberra to gain insight from successful implementation of ES&L strategy;
  • BRESL Indonesia website provide a reliable source of information related to ES&L programmes;
  • Seven government officials, two laborator y practitioners and representatives from Electronics Industry Association participated in a study visitto Malaysia’s Utility Firm (TNB), EE regulators (Energy commission, SEDA, KeTTHA), and Sirim Laboratory to gain insight from successful implementation of rebate & feed-in-tariff, and to initiate Mutual Recognition Arrangement report; and
  • 19 representatives from home appliance and lighting manufacturers have been trained on the quality norm ISO 17025to facilitate laboratory accreditation, in partnership with the National Standardization Agency (BSN).

The Japan – UNDP Partnership Fund jointly developed an integrated capacity assessment with BRESL. This joint effort resulted in:

  • Conception of a training programme for laboratory accreditation, agreed through a focus group discussion of 25 representatives from ES&L testing laboratories and certification bodies. The programme covered six appliances, and updated the knowledge of practitioners in 18 laboratories;
  • Training of four trainersfrom private manufacturers, state companies and government laboratories conducted in Atsugi, Japan – for energy efficiency testing of air conditioners. As a result, Indonesian technicians are now capable of conducting specialized benchmarks in their respective laboratories at a lower cost; and
  • 34 representatives from local manufacturers, testing laboratories and certification bodies have been trained in coordination with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Electronics Industry Association(GABEL). The expected result is tobuild capacity and to build a common understanding in interpreting testing standards and procedures.

Technical assistance to manufacturers and retailers

Working at the national level, the project created and conducted trainings on energy testing procedures for refrigerators, rice cookers, electric fans and electronic ballast.

  • More than 50 local manufacturers and importers participated in a series of workshops conducted by the project. The expected result is to provide information and to accelerate the implementation of the ES&L programme;
  • The project conducted plant visits to local ballast manufacturers, which was followed up by facilitation of preparation for ISO 9001 certification, aiming to identify the barrier of the implementation of ES&L programme and provide support to address the issues; and
  • The project andLIPI’sexpertassisted one manufacture testing laboratoryon the implementation of norm ISO 17025. Accreditation is expectedby the end of 2012.

Regional harmonization initiative

Harmonization and maximum impact can be achieved only if ES&L measures are shared and agreed upon regionally:

The Regional Project Steering Committee (RPSC) is mandated to strategize project activities. It convened for the last and fourth time in March 2012 in Phuket, Thailand and developed the BRESL 2012 working plan.


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