First database workshop towards improved energy efficiency

Participants of the PAD workshop at Warwick, Le Lagon.

The Department of Energy (DoE) in collaboration with the Pacific Community (SPC) conducted a Pacific Appliance Database workshop under the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) Programme at Warwick Le Lagon on March 12, 2019.

The PALS programme is part of SPC’s approach to increasing sustainable economic development through improved energy efficiency.

The Director of DoE, Anthony Garae says this is the first database workshop for business owners and retailers to assist them in registering the imports of regulated products through an online portal. Currently importers manually apply to the Department of Energy to register the regulated products they intend to import prior to the actual importing.

DoE’s Officer and facilitator, Willie Obed presented a comprehensive update of the Energy Act and its regulations that covers energy products, product standards and requirements, roles of traders and importers and the administration and registration procedures of the Minimum Energy Performance Standard and Labelling (MEPSL).

The minimum energy performance standards for refrigerators, freezers, aircons and lighting in Vanuatu must meet the Australian and New Zealand standards as required under the 2016 Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances, Equipment and Lighting Products Act.

Dr George Wilkenfeld, PALS Technical Consultant, conducted the database training and reiterated that PAD is an efficient way for importers to register their products on-line and it provides information to the general public including importers on all the products that are registered in Vanuatu.

Through the PAD system, the regulator (DoE) assesses and approves or disapproves the importer’s import application in accordance with the law.

As part of the training South Pacific Electrics CEO, Maurice Masuino showcased the different lamps that are available and whether or not they meet the required standards adopted in Vanuatu.

Participants also took part in creating their PAD accounts and have found it to be an easier way to make orders of registered products that is easily monitored by the regulator.

The DoE is currently carrying out public awareness, campaigns and consultations on the MEPSL. MEPSL also covers monitoring and verification that is authorised by the DoE as the regulator and allows for DoE officers to investigate and report on cases of unregistered products that do not comply with regulations.

There are now two options for registration, that is through the current paper registration and the through the PAD. Importers can use either of the options and the DOE will advise later of the dates for full transition to the online PAD registration. Importers or retailers are encouraged to visit the DoE website or visit the DoE office for further advice.

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