Barriers removal to the cost-effective development and implementation of energy efficiency standards and labeling (BRESL)


Rapid economic growth in Viet Nam over a sustained period has seen demand for energy begin to exceed supply. If left unchecked, this could put a brake on the steady growth of the economy and threaten the continual gains towards poverty reduction this has brought Viet Nam.

The increased affluence of Vietnamese society and rapid industrialization boosts the demand for major energy-using appliances and equipment, ranging from refrigerators and clothes washers in homes, to photocopiers and lighting equipment in office buildings. For example, from 2002 to 2009, the numbers of home refrigerators and air-conditioners increased respectively 180% and 24%. The number of appliances in Viet Nam, along with their associated energy use, is expected to continue to grow in the future. To meet the market demand while reducing pressure on energy production, it is important to replace energy inefficient products with efficient ones.

Removing technical barriers and setting energy benchmarks for these appliances will help not only increase cross regional trade of electric appliances, but also develop a regional market for energy efficient and energy saving products. These two objectives can be achieved by adopting applicable and recognizable energy efficiency standards and labeling to all products in the region.

BRESL will address these barriers for Government and product manufacturers in Viet Nam through a combination of training and capacity-building, assessing and transmitting lessons learned, learning by doing, sharing work among countries to reduce the effort needed from each country, and technical assistance. In addition to Viet Nam, participating countries in the regional component of BRESL are: Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Pakistan and Thailand.

For more information: please see:  (BRESL Viet Nam component) and (BRESL regional component)

What are the project's key results?

  • Establishment of the legal basis for energy efficiency standards and labels and assisting with the development of regulations for the targeted products.
  •  Building of institutional and individual capacity to secure on-the-ground implementation of energy efficiency standards and labels, including establishment of regional working groups for each of the targeted products.
  •  Information and technical assistance for local product manufacturers to help them develop energy efficient products and realize profit opportunities from energy efficient products.
  • Regional cooperation activities towards regional harmonization of energy efficiency standards and labels.

Finance, Executing and Implementing Agency

Project Number Funding Executing Agency Implementing Agency
00070774 or 57333 GEF funding: USD 650,000, estimated Government in-kind co-funding: USD 3,085,000 Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) Department of Science and Technology/ Energy Conservation Office, MOIT

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

Year    Delivery (USD)
2009 45,220
2010 121,290
2011 131,790
2012 126,714
2013 100,952
2014 105,394
2015 15,210

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