THE Climate Change Commission will lead key government agencies in facilitating an urgent and comprehensive review of the energy policy to cut the country’s dependence on coal and move to a low-carbon future.
Commission Resolution No. 2016-001, which President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd signed on May 18, 2016, tasked the CCC to start a national policy review and framework development on energy.
Aside from the President, who chairs the commission, Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chair, and Commissioners Frances Veronica Victorino and Noel Antonio Gaerlan signed the resolution.
The resolution is envisioned to set in place a policy on coal-fired power plants, which are the biggest sources of man-made carbon emissions, accounting for about 35 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are happy that President Aquino signed the resolution, which is a major step to steer the country away from coal and accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy that is consistent with our efforts to fight climate change and pursue the development of a green economy,” De Guzman said.
“It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait. The poor and the vulnerable stand to lose if we don’t act with urgency,” he added.
The review will pave the way for a swift transition to renewable energy, enhance energy efficiency and conservation, and ensure clean, affordable and reliable energy for the entire country.
This transition, De Guzman noted, is supported by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2011 and the Renewable Energy Law of 2008, both espousing environment-friendly, indigenous and low-cost sources of energy.
The CCC resolution, De Guzman added, is an affirmation of the government’s resolve to mainstream low carbon development pathway in accordance with the country’s commitment under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its intended nationally determined contribution.