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Leading the Transition to Clean Energy

More than forty participants representing twelve economies, mostly ASEAN member countries, attended a regional workshop, "Moving Forward the ASEAN Standards and Labeling Program: Development of the ASEAN Harmonized Energy Performance Test Procedure for Ballast", jointly organized by Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) and the ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Sub-Sector Network (EE&C-SSN). The regional workshop was held at Pattaya, Thailand on May 27-28, 2004 and was co-sponsored by Australia Greenhouse Office (AGO), Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), Ministry of Energy, Thailand, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), and US Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The participants reached agreement on several core elements necessary for development of a harmonized fluorescent lamp ballast energy performance testing procedure for ASEAN member countries such as establishment of a regional working group and corresponding national working committees as a center for current and future efforts related to development of the ASEAN S&L program. The participants also discussed a number of issues related to the energy performance testing procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts and they agreed that the harmonized standard is vital for the success of the ASEAN S&L program. CLASP is going produce a set of common methods for measuring ballast energy consumption efficiency and performance and disseminate the document to relevant technical experts in each member country for review.

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