THE enactment of the Philippine Green Jobs Law would significantly help the country meet its commitment under the Paris climate accord and contribute to the worldwide effort to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) said.
CCC Vice Chairperson Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman said the new law aids the country in achieving the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals to address climate change and promote sustainable development.
De Guzman said the green jobs law will hasten the implementation of the government’s overall commitment to bring down its GHG emissions by 70 percent by 2030, subject to funding to be provided by developing countries.
“We are optimistic about this new law. It could be an important tool to achieve the country’s contribution to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which strives for a global temperature limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius,” he added.
Republic Act 10771, which was recently signed into law by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, promotes the creation of “green jobs” by granting special tax deductions and duty-free importation of capital equipment for businesses that will help create a “green economy” for the country.
Green jobs refer to employment that contributes to preserving or restoring the quality of environment, be it in the agriculture, industry or services sector.
These include jobs that “help protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce energy, materials and water consumption through high efficiency strategies, decarbonize the economy, and minimize or altogether avoid generation of all forms of waste and pollution.”
De Guzman said RA 10771 is consistent with the government’s objective to shift to green economy that is resilient to climate change.
The law defines green economy as “one which is low-carbon and resource-efficient and results in the generation of green jobs and in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.”
Under the law, the CCC is tasked to develop and administer appropriate standards for the assessment and certification of green goods and services, as well as green technologies and practices.
In December last year, over 190 countries, including the Philippines, adopted the Paris deal, a global response to combat climate change and put in place actions and investments toward a low-carbon, resilient and sustainable future.
The agreement’s main goal is to keep the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees and to spur efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
The United Nations and scientists agree that the 1.5 degree limit is a significantly safer defense line against the worst impacts of a changing climate, which vulnerable countries like the Philippines have started to experience.