The Climate Change Commission will lay the groundwork for shifting the country’s fuel system to 100 percent renewable energy capacity in 10 years.
CCC Commissioner Heherson Alvarez said the government “is concerned with the latest scientific reports that global warming has accelerated, and believe the country must begin to program a path of low carbon to zero carbon along a broad partnership of the public interest and private sector.”
Alvarez said a sustainable energy system will require significant planning cooperation with private, government and international finance institutions.
He explained that over the long run, as the country’s growing renewable energy capacity displaces imported carbon-polluting fuels, Philippine products and services are bound to become more competitive and more jobs would be created.
“The energy roadmap will unroll a ‘carbon war’ program of our determined government,” Alvarez said.
On Monday, the CCC will launch the Philippine program from carbon fuel dependency to low carbon, and into zero carbon regime with renewable sources of energy.
The launching will be held at Casa Roces, San Miguel, Manila.
The CCC has invited Dr. Alexander Ochs of the Worldwatch Institute, a global leader in climate-compatible development and international renewable energy policy based in Washington, D.C., to introduce to local government units a sustainable energy roadmap based on the resource capability of each province.
Ochs, head of the Climate and Energy Program of Worldwatch, will present the Institute’s Sustainable Energy Roadmap that takes an integrated approach to examining the technical, financial and policy changes necessary for transitioning to a sustainable energy regime.
Worldwatch Institute partners and collaborates with governments to ensure that roadmaps reflect national priorities. It is developing sustainable energy roadmaps for the governments and energy stakeholders in Aruba, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Central America.
JAMES KONSTANTIN GALVEZ