APEC looks into climate-proofing energy infrastructures

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WITH the planet already reeling from the effects of climate change, energy ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries have been holding consultations on climate-proofing energy infrastructures to solicit ideas that can be raised to the APEC level.

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According to Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson,
multi-sectoral regional consultations were held in various parts of the country ahead of the APEC Energy Ministerial Meetings later this year.

The consultations addressed four sub-themes. Aside from climate-proofing energy infrastructures, other sub-themes that were also addressed were energy for poverty stricken areas, cutting-edge energy efficiency infrastructure and improving energy trade and investment.

Ayson said the consultations were held in preparation for the crafting of an Energy Ministerial Declaration which will be known as the Mactan Declaration.

She said the regional consultations are a good venue for the energy sector to solicit and gather ideas that can be lifted to the APEC level.

“With a theme that centers on energy resiliency, this is an opportunity for the country to showcase its efforts and raise it to a higher level that will target greater consciousness on energy to the rest of the APEC region,” said Ayson.

The regional consultations took place in Cebu in February, Davao and Baguio in March, and Albay in April.

The consultations gathered several experts from the academe, the private and public sectors, and the energy industry in an effort to document the viewpoints and insights of the stakeholders in preparation for the crafting of the declaration.

The regional consultations were organized by the DOE with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) B-LEADERS Project.

The DOE said the Mactan Declaration will be adopted and signed by all APEC member economies when they converge in Cebu this October.

The Philippines is hosting this year’s APEC Leaders’ Summit.

APEC’s 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.

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