PH eyes 70% carbon emissions cut – Malacañang

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The Philippines will try to curb its carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030 under a plan submitted to the United Nations, Malacanang said on Thursday.

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In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the country’s carbon-curbing plan, approved by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, was turned over to the UN.

“President Aquino has approved Thursday, the submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change the Philippines Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) which identifies the country’s climate change mitigation and adaptation actions that will be implemented beyond 2020,” Coloma added.

“According to Climate Change Commission Secretary Lucille Sering, under the country’s INDC, the Philippines committed to reduce its carbon emissions [CO2] by 70 percent by 2030, which will come from the energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry sectors,” he said.

Coloma said the reductions in emissions are conditional and will be pursued if sufficient financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity building will be made available to the Philippines after the Paris climate talks in December.

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