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Reactive: Japan fails to drive stronger G20 climate pact

Reacting to the G20 Summit’s conclusion in Osaka, Renato Redentor Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities said: “As G20 Chair, Japan’s failure to drive a stronger outcome in support of climate action exposed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s weak leadership in the global stage. Japan wasted [...]

29 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Japan seeks climate leadership at G-20 summit but can’t kick its coal habit

By Simon Denyer (Published June 27 in The Washington Post) TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to burnish his green credentials. Japan, he said, will exercise “firm leadership” on climate change at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka this week, with a focus on “disruptive innovation” that [...]

28 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

PHL shift to clean energy will spur economic growth, development – report

Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities REACTIVE: PHL shift to clean energy will spur economic growth, development –report MANILA, 21 June 2019- The Philippines along with other countries in South and Southeast Asia can transition to renewable energy to fuel economic growth, boost sustainable development and achieve energy security [...]

Kairos Dela Cruz on ANC: Sea level rise and climate action

Kairos Dela Cruz, ICSC's associate for climate policy, talks to Migs Bustos of Early Edition on ANC about sea level rise projections worldwide and in the Philippines, and how the country can ramp up its efforts to respond to this and other climate change impacts. [...]

10 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

“Radical action” on climate needed both in UN talks, PH – civil society groups

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas REACTIVE “Radical action” on climate needed both in UN talks, PH - civil society groups MANILA, 6 June 2019 — Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, a network of civil society groups working for a robust climate policy for the country, is taking up the challenge of President Rodrigo Duterte [...]

06 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Young metro mayors challenged to make World Bike to Work Day everyday

DOWNLOAD PDF PASIG, 3 June 2019 -- An international think tank issued today a challenge to Metro Manila's newly elected young mayors, calling for working class-biased solutions to climate change in celebration of World Bicycle Day. "We call on Metro Manila's new leaders to come together and make everyday [...]

03 Jun 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Frontlines of climate impacts, forefront of action

by Isabella Ann Mendoza ICSC’s climate policy team, in partnership with CORDAID, has been working closely with the municipalities of Guiuan, Eastern Samar; Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu; and Coron, Palawan to help develop their local plans in response to the adverse impacts of climate change. The biggest challenge [...]

24 May 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hibabro-an han kalakat (Journey of knowledge)

by Kenneth Lopez The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) together with the Salcedo, Eastern Samar-based women’s group KAKASA Federation organized a learning visit last April 23-24, 2019 among various women’s groups in their province. Top photo: ICSC’s Kenneth Lopez (left) and Orland Quesada (right) with Metro [...]

STATEMENT: SC decision portends lower rates for electricity ratepayers

10 May 2019 -- The cloud of uncertainty that hovered over stakeholders in the power sector was lifted by the Supreme Court (SC) decision on the competitive procurement of power supply by distribution utilities, mainly for residential ratepayers, last May 3. The aims and expected results of that decision are [...]

10 May 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Cash, political will: Coessential tools vs catastrophic impact of climate change

Reposted from BusinessMirror By Cai Ordinario - May 9, 2019 NADI, Fiji—The greenback may lead to greening the earth, so some believe. However, for experts at a conference here last week, money is just one of the weapons in this perennial contradiction of man against nature as the latter appears [...]

09 May 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

ICSC on ANC: The economic benefits of transitioning from coal to renewable energy

(Posted on Early Edition on ANC, April 16, 2019) ICSC senior policy advisor Atty. Pete Maniego tells Michelle Ong about the economic benefits of transitioning from coal to renewable energy and from centralized to distributed generation systems in today's Early Edition on ANC.

Vulnerable countries and international partners announce collaboration to climate­-proof economic growth

Washington DC, 11 April 2019 — ­­ Finance Ministers from V20 Group of vulnerable economies today announced new financial instruments in collaboration with international partners at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund to ensure continued global economic growth in the face of increasing threats [...]

12 Apr 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

ERC promotes cheaper, more reliable energy through new draft rules: think tank

PRESS RELEASE MANILA, 3 April 2019 – An international policy group commended the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) today for promoting fair competition in pursuit of cheaper, more reliable power in the draft rules it recently issued covering power supply agreements (PSAs). “The ERC is right to protect the public from [...]

04 Apr 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Accessing and mobilizing climate finance

by Danica Marie SupnetClimate change poses both risks and opportunities. Confronting the climate crisis would spur better development and economic growth.Yet after sitting with hundreds of participants from 55 countries at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Finance (ICCF 2019) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, it seems to me that this mode [...]

22 Mar 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Changing the face of leadership

by Arielle Celine Tabinga Humans have always relied on innovation in creating transformative changes that improve the quality of life. Collaboration plays a critical role in innovation, it allows ideas, perspectives, and approaches to surface. To fully foster the benefits of collaboration, diversity must first thrive. But how do [...]

15 Mar 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

ICSC: Climate change to worsen water security risk

MANILA, Updated 14 March 2019 – As residents in areas of Metro Manila grapple with water scarcity issues for several days, a climate and energy policy group cautioned that climate change would only exacerbate existing risks and development issues. Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Manila-based Institute for [...]

13 Mar 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Building on GCFWatch

by Janssen M. Martinez Note: Janssen M. Martinez is an ICSC climate policy analyst. He participated in the February 2019 Green Climate Fund board meeting with Angelo Kairos Dela Cruz, associate for climate policy. Kairos and I attended the twenty-second board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (or B.22) last [...]

09 Mar 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lost/Found in Translation

Isabella Ann Mendoza Editor’s Note: ICSC in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission, Visayas State University’s Institute for Strategic Research and Development Studies, and Action for Economic Reforms, organized a forum entitled “Shifting Financial Flows to Low Carbon Development in Eastern Visayas” in Tacloban City from 7-8 March 2019. Isabella [...]

Eastern Visayas leaders meet to secure regional climate investments

PRESS RELEASE TACLOBAN, 07 March 2019 -- Top representatives of local governments, academic institutions, and businesses across the Eastern Visayas region convened today to tackle challenges and opportunities in crowding in climate and clean energy investments in the region. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), a Manila-based [...]

07 Mar 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Remarkable Women: Helping Yolanda-hit city with solar power

(Posted on Early Edition on ANC, March 06, 2019) MANILA -- Women are helping Tacloban City rebuild from Super Typhoon Haiyan by installing solar panels. "Recharge Pilipinas" not only helps bring renewable energy to the mainstream, it gives the typhoon-prone communities a power source during disasters. [...]

06 Mar 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |