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ICSC calls for coherence, sustainability of PH climate action

NGO also lauds DOE, DoTr leadership ahead of SONA MANILA, 22 July 2021 -- As build-up to President Rodrigo Duterte’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week, the Cabinet cluster on climate change today outlined the administration’s legacy on climate action, disaster risk reduction, and [...]

Finance ministers of world’s most climate-vulnerable economies establish insurance facility with UN Environment Programme to protect MSMEs

Reposted from the UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative website. UNEP’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative to host V20 Sustainable Insurance Facility with initial funding from the German government 19 July 2021—As climate change worsens extreme weather events across the globe, the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Ministers of [...]

Climate change is a human rights crisis, says UN reso

by Recto Mercene | July 19, 2021 | Published by BusinessMirror | READ THE STORY HERE If highly developed economies are not spared from the effects of climate change—as seen in recent floods that killed over 160 people in Europe and the wildfires in California—vulnerable countries should be even more [...]

UNHRC passes HR and climate resolution

ICSC lauds Philippines, Bangladesh, and Vietnam leadership in tabling landmark reso MANILA, 15 July 2021 — A resolution on human rights and climate change was adopted yesterday by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva [1]. The resolution, initiated by the Philippines with Bangladesh and Vietnam since 2014, [...]

Climate change: the financial fight

BBC News' Business Daily program coverage of the Vulnerable 20 (V20) Group of Finance Ministers' Climate Vulnerable's Finance Summit, featuring an interview with Speaker of the Parliament and Former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, aired last July 9, 2021. Reposted from the BBC website. Listen to the full program [...]

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V20 Summit: Enhancing economic growth in climate vulnerable countries

Sky News' The Daily Climate Show coverage of the Vulnerable 20 (V20) Group of Finance Ministers' Climate Vulnerable's Finance Summit, featuring an interview with Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Special Envoy Abul Kalam Azad, aired last July 9, 2021. Reposted from the Sky News Youtube channel. Watch the full episode [...]

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Cycling on the Rise

by Rio Constantino Editor’s Note: Rio Constantino was a volunteer counter based in Quezon City for the citizen-driven bike count project Metro Manila Counts (MMC). MMC is a collaboration between the Mobility Awards (ICSC, MNL Moves, The Climate Reality Project Philippines, 350 Pilipinas and Pinay Bike Commuter Community) and [...]

Vulnerable economies call rich nations to avert global climate-COVID economic threat

48 most vulnerable economies demand “2020-2024 delivery plan” for the missing $100 billion annual Paris Agreement climate assistance The V20 group launch ambitious “Climate Prosperity” Program to drive resilient, green investments Dhaka, 8 July 2021–Led by Bangladesh as chair of the V20, the world’s most climate vulnerable economies met [...]

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Averting the perennial power crisis

by Pete H. Maniego | June 29, 2021| Published by Inquirer.net | READ THE STORY HERE Recent brownouts have worsened the suffering of everyone cooped up because of the pandemic. No fans or aircon, no TV or cable, no social media to relieve the monotony. Even the [...]

Renewables, flexible generation key to power sector modernization – experts

QUEZON CITY, 8 June 2021 -- Energy policy experts pointed to renewable energy — mixed with demand side management, system reliability, and flexible generation — as the best way to address the immediate and long term implications of the current power crisis, leading to more investments, jobs, energy security, [...]

Renewables provide more flexible, affordable energy amid power outages

QUEZON CITY, 2 June 2021 -- In response to the red alert status raised for the Luzon power grid and resulting power outages, an energy policy expert recommended the installation of more renewable energy plants to allow for flexible and affordable power generation. “The shortage in power supply, or more [...]

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Dominguez calls for more climate, disaster risk financing with other vulnerable countries

2 June 2021 -- Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez reiterated yesterday the need to secure economic growth and community resilience amidst growing risks from climate change.  Secretary Dominguez along with several officials from the Vulnerable 20 Group of Finance Ministers (V20) addressed the High Level Consultative Group meeting of the InsuResilience [...]

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China’s Investment Opportunity in Modernizing Grids in Climate Vulnerable Developing Countries

by Sara Jane Ahmed, Alberto Dalusung III, and Xiaojun Wang | June 1, 2021 | Abridged version published in China Energy News and People's Daily | READ OP ED HERE The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), recently signed a Memorandum of [...]

Call for volunteer MM counters for June 3 Bike Day

28 May 2021 -- We are looking for volunteers to help us count cyclists and pedestrians in Quezon City, Marikina City, San Juan City, and Pasig City on June 3, World Bicycle Day! Metro Manila Counts! (MMC) is a collaboration between the four city governments and ICSC, MNL Moves, The [...]

Advancing local climate action amid COVID-19

by Elainne Lopez and Orland Quesada Editor’s note: Elainne Lopez is an analyst of ICSC’s Climate Governance Team and a geodetic engineer. Orland Quesada is ICSC's community outreach officer and gender focal point under the RE-Charge Pilipinas program. They were both part of the team which conducted workshops on [...]

Metro Manila Counts! Volunteer Count Training Workshop to be held on May 22

With the International Bike Day coming, we hope to count cyclists to complete the picture of the majority that use the roads and bike lanes in Metro Manila. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, MNL Moves, The Climate Reality Project Philippines, 350.org Pilipinas, and Pinay Bike Commuter is [...]

No electricity? Typhoon survivors, NGOs seek solar solutions for tribal communities

by Kristine Sabillo | May 15, 2021 | Published by ABS-CBN News | READ THE STORY HERE MANILA — For the last 5 decades, members of the Dumagat-Remontado tribe living in Brgy. Laiban, Tanay, Rizal have been without electricity. Located at the foot of the majestic Sierra Madre mountain [...]

Power scarcity during times of low demand

by Pedro Maniego Jr.  |  May 13 2021, BusinessMirror  | Read the article here Power demand during the lockdown last year declined by around 30 percent in Luzon and was estimated to fall by 5 percent for the entire 2020. With the imposition of another lockdown since last month, [...]

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Indonesia’s PLN pledges carbon neutrality by 2050

by Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman | May 8, 2021 | Published by The Jakarta Post | READ THE STORY HERE State-owned electricity monopolist PLN has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050 with a plan to phase out fossil fuel-fired power plants and use more renewable energy in its networks. PLN [...]

Asian Development Bank to end coal, oil and gas financing

Published by Nikkei Asia | May 8, 2021 | READ THE STORY HERE Environmental groups welcome move, but criticize it as a decade overdue SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- The Asian Development Bank will no longer finance coal mining or oil and natural gas production and exploration, it announced in a [...]