BRESL project to expand in potential new initiative abroad

02 Apr 2014

imageMr. Xie Ji presenting China’s policy on energy conservation

On 2 April 2014, the China Delegation led by Mr. Xie Ji, Deputy Director General of the Department of Resource Conservation and Environment Protection of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), visited the Myanmar government and UNDP Myanmar in Rangoon. The objective of the visit was to expand the main achievements of the Barrier Removal to the Cost Effective Development and Implementation of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Project (BRESL), a regional project jointly carried out by NDRC and UNDP, with six countries involved: Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

To understand the current situation and needs of Myanmar on energy conservation and identify a specific cooperation area to help Myanmar enhance its capacity on energy efficiency, a consultation meeting with government agencies was held. Representatives from Myanmar’s Department of Energy, Department of Electricity, Department of Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Rural Development, Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), and Myanmar Industries Association (MIA) attended the meeting.

The meeting was co-chaired by UNDP Myanmar and UNDP China. During the meeting, Mr. Xie Ji introduced China’s policy and experience on promoting energy efficiency. Mr. Li Tienan from China Quality Mark Certification Group (CQM) presented achievements on project harmonization and mutual-recognition for Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling on behalf of the BRESL regional project management unit (RPMU) and invited Myanmar to be involved in phase II of BRESL. Ms. Liu Shijun from UNDP China shared China’s experience on promoting energy efficient lighting products.

The Myanmar government and agencies introduced the situation and needs of the country on energy conservation and showed strong interest in cooperating with China.