With their inter-disciplinary background, the Project Management Team (PMT) provides a venue for projects and initiatives that promote ICSC’s climate and energy advocacy. PMT offers a wider scope of different issues acting as common ground for cooperation between stakeholders; from the local, national, and international levels.
Stepping up as convenor of Aksyon Klima to build a constituency for climate action
ICSC recognizes the need to work closer with a broader network of climate action groups to achieve a fair climate policy and energy transition as part of the low-carbon development initiative.
Last June 2018, ICSC stepped-up as the convenor of Aksyon Klima, a national network of civil society organizations working on different climate change issues. ICSC gathered member organizations together to discuss climate events and issues. Preliminary and follow-up tasks were also performed to ensure consensus on sound decisions, with proper internal and external representation of the network.
ICSC is also looking at further revitalizing Aksyon Klima and preparing for the next steps to be taken as required by the imperatives of climate change.
Shifting financial flows to invest in low carbon development in the country’s energy sector
The Shifting Financial Flows to Invest in Low Carbon Development in Energy in South East Asia (Shift SEA) Project encourages the private sector to shift investments to renewable energy projects. As the national focal point for Shift SEA, ICSC held focus group discussions (FGD) with stakeholders in the finance and energy sector. The Institute identified problems faced by investors that hinder their investment to low carbon development. These inputs were presented to the Shift SEA side event at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland last December 2018.
For 2019, ICSC will hold two convenings – one subnational and one national – to bring together the academe, local government units, the private sector, national government agencies, and financiers to discuss how to work together towards low carbon development in the Philippines. The Shift SEA subnational convening was held last March 2019 in Tacloban City while the national convening will be held in the latter part of the year.
Training partnership with 1CISP to grow cooperative enterprises using renewable energy
In March 2018, the Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines (1CISP) launched a learning program to activate the cooperatives sector in renewable energy. The program, Cooperatives in Renewable Energy and Transformative Economies Leadership and Advocacy School or CREATE>LEADS, is a pilot training program for leaders of select cooperatives from Metro Manila. These leaders will immerse in an intensive learning system to learn about leading their cooperatives in developing business cases that bring renewable energy to their members. ICSC designed and facilitated the training program, which will lead to the revitalization of the cooperative movement as their members enjoy clean, quality and affordable energy.
Gaining access to cleaner energy in post-disaster recovery work
ICSC established an online community, through Skillshare, that explored the role and viable applications of renewable energy in disaster risk reduction (DRR) with municipal staff volunteers from towns ravaged severely by Typhoon Mangkhut (a.k.a. Ompong in the Philippines), the strongest typhoon of 2018.
The two-day Skillshare was conducted with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (DRRMOs) from the municipalities of Baggao and Alcala and volunteers from the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao in the province of Cagayan. This initiative is in line with ICSC’s advocacy to incorporate renewable energy in humanitarian response. It was also an opportunity for the Tacloban City-based ICSC staff to return the support they received when Typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013, which was taken in cooperation with 350.org and Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
Ensuring ambition in the Nationally Determined Contribution of the Philippines
ICSC worked with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) to ensure that the Philippine Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is attainable while also being ambitious. As convenor of Aksyon Klima, ICSC represents the interests of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the steering committee on projects addressing low carbon development constructed by CCC and Department of Transportation.
ICSC coordinates with CSOs to evaluate the Philippine NDC as a parallel effort. So far, ICSC has conducted one roundtable discussion on NDC Transport, with participants from different government agencies and CSOs.
This strand of work will be taken forward with Aksyon Klima, as the Philippine government also finalizes its National Climate Change Action Plan.