BUN-CA has included brief definitions in this bulletin for understanding the standardization process:  

Standardization: The process of formulating and applying rules for the purpose of ordering a specific activity for the benefit of, and with the cooperation of, all interested parties in particular while respecting functional and security demands.  

Standard: “Document established by consensus and approved by a recognized organization that offers, for repeated common use, rules, guidelines or characteristics of the activities or their results, aimed at achieving an optimum degree of order in a given context.”


Consensus: A general agreement characterized by the absence of sustained opposition on relevant aspects by any directly affected party, after an analysis to take into account the viewpoints of all involved parties and a reconciliation of conflicting arguments. Consensus does not necessarily imply unanimity.


Labels: Energy efficiency labels are comparative information labels adhered to manufactured products indicating electrical energy consumption; they give consumers a certain amount of information about the product’s energy use, resulting in more informed purchases.  The labels will serve as a supplement to the energy efficiency standards, providing useful information to the end user for selecting more efficient products.  Three main types of labels can be found on the market:

Approval Labels: Essentially “stamps of approval” according to a specific set of criteria.


Comparison Labels: Offering the consumer information for comparing the performance of similar products.


Information Labels: Solely providing data on the product’s performance.


Compliance Assessment: The process by which the degree of compliance with a standard is determined. This includes sampling, calibrating, laboratory testing, certifying and verifying, among other procedures.



Bibliography: Costa Rican Institute of Technical Standards (Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica, or INTECO)

                     Energy Efficiency Labels and Standards (CLASP)


(More on the application of these concepts within the PEER framework in the next bulletin)


BUN-CA actions within the PEER (UNDP/GEF) framework for standardization:


Within the PEER Project BUN-CA is supporting and facilitating standardization with the national standardization organizations (NSOs) of each Central American country.


Panama: The Technical Committee on Energy Efficiency was created by Executive Decree No. 547 of November 22, 2006.  BUN-CA is participating on the Energy Efficiency Committee of the Panamanian Committee on Technical and Industrial Standards (Comisión Panameña de Normas Industriales y Técnicas, or COPANIT) in preparing air conditioning standards.



Costa Rica: The Technical Committee on Energy Efficiency (CTN-28) was set up in May 2007 by the Costa Rican Institute of Technical Standards (INTECO), of which BUN-CA is an active member. PEER is assisting this committee in preparing the standards for commercial refrigeration.



El Salvador: BUN-CA is a general member of the Technical Standardization Committee (CTN-47), which is carrying out a technical review and public consensus on compact fluorescent bulbs (T-8) and preparing standards for efficient motors.

It has also helped facilitate training in standardization for the National Council on Science and Technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Technología, or CONACYT), thanks to the cooperation of Mexico's National Committee on Energy Savings (Comisión Nacional de Ahorro de Energía, or CONAI).



In the PEER Project’s dissemination component and within the framework of the Labeling and Standardization Project in Central America, with the support of the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), the document "Introduction to Standardization in Central America” is being prepared, to be made available in November 2007.


Second training module for engineering firms held

Following its engineering firm training program, the second training module for engineers and engineering firms on the subject of “Energy Savings in Electric Motors” was carried out in El Salvador (August 17-18, 2007) with the participation of 29 professionals and Costa Rica (August 20-21, 2007) with the participation of 28 professionals. The module was given jointly with the Salvadorian Association of Industrialists (Asociación Salvadoreña de Industriales, or ASI) in El Salvador and the Association of Technological Engineers (Colegio de Ingenieros Tecnológicos, or CITEC) in Costa Rica, respectively.

The next event will be in October 2007 on the subject of "Air Conditioning and Refrigeration." More details on the contents of this third module will be provided in the next Electronic Bulletin.


Energy Efficiency Training Program for SME Consultants”




From August 20 to August 31, 2007, within the framework of the Regional Energy Efficiency Project (PEER) and in collaboration with World Environment Center (WEC) and the Salvadorian Association of Industrialists (ASI), a workshop was held in El Salvador entitled “Energy Efficiency Training Program for SME Consultants.” Participating in the workshop were 26 SME consultants and advisors and engineering firms in that country.

The objective was to “strengthen the technical capacities of engineering firms, independent consultants and engineers in energy efficiency in air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration and motor technologies, geared toward investment in projects on the subject."


In the closing workshop a presentation was made by the participants of technical tour results at visited companies. A representative from Banco Cuscatlán also participated, giving a talk on “Financing Possibilities for EE Projects and Cleaner Production.”

Meetings with new Ministry of Energy and Mines authorities


A work session with Nicaraguan Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) authorities and representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nicaragua is set for September 12 in Managua. At the meeting a presentation will be made to the political authorities of the actions carried out and planned within the PEER framework, EE policy strategy in Central America, and actions in Nicaragua.


Gender Workshop, BUN-CA/HIVOS, PEEST 3 Project

In an effort to strengthen its internal capacities, BUN-CA held its first workshop on gender basics and methodology, given by experts on the subject. The workshop was held on August 28 in San José, and included the participation of all BUN-CA staff members.

This workshop is the first stage of a training process for the BUN-CA team and the target group of the Bi-national Energy Efficiency Project in the Tourism Sector (PEEST 3), financed by the Hivos Foundation of Holland, for the purpose of approaching energy efficiency with gender equity and equality.