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Philippines Room Air Conditioner Market Assessment and Policy Options Analysis

The room air conditioner market in the Philippines is unique in Southeast Asia, as it is the only market dominated by fixed-speed window-type units, at 62%. Philippine households favor small size window units, which cost less up-front, but are also less efficient. This partially explains the slow transitioning of the air conditioner market to more efficient split type air conditioners with inverter technology. Revision of the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for air conditioners, which have not changed since 2002, is key to transforming the Philippine market towards more efficient air conditioners.

Philippines Room Air Conditioner Market Assessment and Policy Options Analysis provides the technical evidence to support increasing the stringency of MEPS for air conditioners in the Philippines.

CLASP, in collaboration with Innogy Solutions, conducted a comprehensive characterization of the room air conditioner market in the Philippines and analyzed impacts from various policy scenarios. Innogy collected product data for 3,936 models through in-person surveys at 200 retail stores in the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao regions and conducted multiple interviews with relevant stakeholders. CLASP analyzed the data and estimated potential energy savings and avoided emissions at the national level, and life-cycle cost savings for consumers, under various energy efficiency policy scenarios.

The report assesses the key characteristics of the room air conditioner market in the Philippines, the Philippine power sector, and the legal and regulatory framework for implementing energy efficiency policies. CLASP uses current market conditions and market forecasts to model the impacts of multiple policy revision scenarios and provide policy recommendations.

The Philippines Room Air Conditioner Market Assessment and Policy Options Analysis is funded by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP). As a grantee of K-CEP, CLASP supports activities to raise efficiency standards, improve testing efforts, provide training and other capacity building activities targeted to local needs, and implement national market transformation initiatives in Southeast Asia. K-CEP is a philanthropic initiative to support the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol by focusing on the energy efficiency of cooling to increase and accelerate the climate and development benefits of phasing down HFCs.

Want to learn more about this report? On July 18, 2019 CLASP hosted the Air Conditioner Markets & Energy Efficiency Policy Opportunities webinar. CLASP, K-CEP, and our partners discussed the findings of the Room Air Conditioner Market Assessment and Policy Options Analysis reports for the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Kenya. Additionally, the World Bank presented on their cooling technology transfer program in Southeast Asia. Watch a recording of the webinar.


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