Reacting to President Duterte's comment about the UN climate pact, Francis Dela Cruz, Associate for Energy Policy at the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities said: “It will be critical to continue to engage in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiating process so that the Philippines can influence the level of ambition, the targets and rules of climate action that benefit vulnerable countries most. The Philippines' voice at the UN is very important being currently the leader of Climate Vulnerable Forum, a grouping of 50 countries that suffer most from the impacts of climate change. “It is important to clarify that when the Philippines signed up to the Paris Agreement, it was primarily driven by the interests of vulnerable countries to create a resilient future for our people. In order for countries like the Philippines to survive the devastating impacts of climate change, and stay below dangerous levels of climate change (stay below 1.5 C), global emissions need to be reduced. The carbon reduction commitments remain differentiated respecting national conditions, and taking into account the development needs of developing countries. The Philippine targets contained in our national plan (NDC) are mostly ‘conditional’ and contingent on financial support from the international community. “We understand President Duterte’s sentiments and decision to instead put the spotlight on the hypocrisy of industrialized nations, which should carry much of the climate burden. The Philippines should keep demanding that industrialized nations aggressively cut their GHG emissions and provide financial and technical support with a sense of urgency so developing countries could adapt to the impacts of climate change and build resilient economies using climate-friendly and resilient energy infrastructure. As we've seen over the years, it is developing and poor countries that suffer most from the devastating impacts of climate change – impacts on both our people's lives and our economies. “It is also our view that clean energy should not just be a preserve of rich countries. Sadly, the Philippines has lagged behind many Asian countries in profiting from the renewable energy investment boom. The Duterte administration can provide much needed leadership in thinking differently about the way we produce and consume energy. It is possible to meet poverty reduction and development objectives through cleaner safer and more sustainable technologies and initiatives. These investments create jobs, improve local environmental quality, and help curb GHG emissions. It is time for the Philippines to leap frog to a low carbon future starting with a comprehensive review of our energy policies to signal to investors that we are ready for climate-friendly investments. It is high time for the country to welcome capital resources knocking on our doors. “We are looking forward to engaging the Duterte administration as it formulates strategies that will serve the interests of Filipinos impacted by the adverse impacts of climate change. The new administration should use its immense political support to carry through reforms that bring lasting change using the right climate and energy investments.” Useful Facts:
- The Philippines took over the presidency of Climate Vulnerable Forum on January 2015.
- Clean energy investment surged in 2015 driving the world total to its highest ever figure of $328.9 billion, up 4% from 2014’s $315.9 billion total investments. (Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
- The Philippines is currently ranked 22nd in the May 2016 edition of Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index by Ernst and Young, beating South Korea and a host European countries in the ranking based on a number of macro, energy market and technology-specific indicators.
- Francis Dela Cruz, Associate for Energy Policy, 0917 854 2103
- AC Dimatatac, Communications Coordinator, 0998 546 9788