Friday, April 25, 2014

Aquino administration aggressively tackling climate change: Coloma April 22, 2014

From the Website of the President

Aquino administration aggressively tackling climate change: Coloma April 22, 2014
President Benigno S. Aquino III approved last month two resolutions tackling black carbon and authorizing the design of a sustainable power system for a more efficient energy production, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. announced on Tuesday.

The President last March 25 approved Resolution 6 by the Climate Change Commission, authorizing the dialogue with Worldwatch Institute for the design of “Sustainable Power System: A Roadmap for the Philippines.”

Through the resolution, the Climate Change Commission, which is in the process of carrying out the National Climate Change Action Plan, officially invites Alexander Ochs, director of the Climate and Energy Worldwatch Institute, to discuss his offer to help the country design a sustainable power system.

The President also approved the commission’s Resolution 7, which endorses the Black Carbon or Black Soot Mitigation Project.

Through the black carbon mitigation project, which is a private sector initiative, the Philippines could reduce pollution caused by diesel-fueled vehicles and generators.
Climate Change Commissioner Heherson Alvarez said the Aquino administration is determined to promote its program on climate change mitigation and adaptation at the conference, “Building Green: An LGU Imperative,” to be held on April 23.

With the country’s reliance on coal and fossil fuels, Alvarez said, the government should start a gradual and creative policy shift to efficient and clean energy to achieve a low-carbon path for the Philippines.

Alvarez noted that the country has made advances in the development and use of renewable energy, as mandated by President Aquino.

The Philippines, he said, leads the Asian region in the development and use of renewable energy, which provides 35 percent of the country’s entire energy production. Geothermal energy contributes 21 percent of the total energy mix, according to Alvarez.

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