Promoting Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (PEECB)

Energy is a major concern in Thailand, as continued economic development demands more consumption and production of electricity. According to the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), energy consumption in Thailand grew more than two-fold over the past 20 years and it is expected to increase at by almost 6 per cent per year until 2021.

Thailand's Eleventh National Economic and Social Development Plan (NESDP) for 2012-2016 has targeted improvements in natural resource and environmental quality through development of energy security policies.  Energy efficiency is key to achieving energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. UNDP aims to support the improvement and building of energy-saving buildings and provide incentives and create awareness about energy efficiency.

What is UNDP's role?

UNDP will be responsible for: (1) coordinating with the UN Country Team in Thailand in mainstreaming in interventions at the country level; (2) establish effective networking between project stakeholders, specialized international organizations and the donor community; (3) facilitating networking among country-wide stakeholders; (4) reviewing and making report recommendations; and (5) establishing and endorsing the thematic areas, ensuring linkages to national policy goals, relevance, effectiveness and impartiality of the decision making process.

What do we hope to achieve?



Awareness of government agencies and local authorities, the building sector, and financial institutes on designs and implementations of EE technologies and practices

The project will establish and operate Commercial Building EE Information Center (CBEEC) for serving as information exchange and dissemination on EE technologies and practices for commercial building stakeholders. Furthermore, the project will develop and promote energy use simulation models for commercial building design (hotel, hospital, retail, office buildings, including convention centers. Training courses on EE technologies and practices, and arrangement for financial support mechanisms will also be conducted.

Effective implementation of favorable policies that encourage EE technologies and practices for commercial buildings in Thailand


UNDP will address the current lack of strong and effective policy measures, and concise action plans, for promoting and implementing EE in the commercial building sector in Thailand. The project activities will support DEDE in assessing current EE policy measures and EE planning related to commercial buildings and recommending necessary improvements for effective implementations. Furthermore, support will be provided to enhance monitoring activities for ongoing implementation of EE policy measures.  The findings and results will be used as inputs for the formulation of the necessary policies that will support EE initiatives in buildings; as well as guidance to enable the government policy and decision makers to approve and implement such policies.

Improved confidence among the building practitioners in applying EE technologies and practices in commercial buildings in Thailand


The project will install and operate demonstration projects in selected buildings. This will lead to improvement of the level of knowledge, skills and competency of personnel attached to the demo buildings through direct involvement.

Improved local technical and managerial capacity of building designers, building managers and operation personnel in design, management and maintenance of EE technologies and practices


The activity will be documentation on the results of the demonstration projects and available EE technologies in the markets and dissemination of demo project results. The project will also conduct training courses (including refresher courses each year) for chief engineers, facilities/general services managers and technical and operation personnel of demonstration projects and other commercial buildings in Thailand.

Replication of success of the demonstration projects in the commercial building sector over a period of 10 years


The project will realize from the compilation of findings from the above activities to use as recommendations for potential replication within the commercial building sector.

Overview
Locations
amphun Hospital, Samrong General Hospital, the Provincial Electricity Authority, Ministry of Public Health, Centara Hotels and Resorts, Katina Hotel, Tesco Lotus, Thai Energy Conservation Co., Ltd and Airco Ltd. (Trane Thailand).
Partners
Partners consist of Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO), the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning (DPI) and the Thai Industrial Standard Institute (TISI).
Donor
Global Environment Facility
Programme Financials
USD $3,637,273