Sandra Smithey, in memoriam

Sandra Smithey passed away last week. From the US to Brazil, from Tanzania to China, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kyrgyzstan, and more—Sandra was embraced by so many around the world. She was considered a mentor and source of inspiration by countless advocates and activists. She was a comrade, colleague, adviser, friend, and sister. I loved her deeply and find it difficult to imagine a world without her.

09 Aug 2022|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , |

Former Aboitiz legal counsel new ERC chair

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has named a former chief legal counsel and compliance officer of Aboitiz Power Corp. as chair of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Malacañang announced Friday. Marcos Jr. signed on Monday the appointment of Monalisa Dimalanta, who replaces Agnes Devanadera following the latter’s retirement on July 10.

08 Aug 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

SE Asia on the hunt for green-shift funds

Southeast Asian countries are tapping the international credit markets to raise funds to help put their economies on a low-carbon path as the threat of climate change becomes more urgent in the region. Analysts say emissions reduction, and the need for financing to help achieve it, has become a pressing issue as extreme weather events such as typhoons, drought and intense heat wreak havoc on the region.

SEA experts present renewable energy transition status in three SEA countries

Renewable energy experts from the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia presented the status, challenges, and opportunities in the realm of renewable energy in their respective countries during Session 5 of the Enercon 2022: The 3rd International Conference on Energy and Environmental Economics hosted by the Department of Economics of the University [...]

Data scientist calls coal power unreliable, backs ‘flexible’ renewables

RENEWABLE ENERGY (RE) plants can be counted on to reliably service power demand more than coal-fired facilities, even though RE is saddled with a reputation for being intermittent because of the variability of solar and wind sources, a data scientist representing the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said on Thursday.

28 Jul 2022|Categories: News|

ELEVENTH HOUR: Driving the clean energy transition through the Green Energy Option Program

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Green Energy Option Program (GEOP) empowers business enterprises to save electricity costs while driving the country’s clean energy transition. This was the key takeaway of advocates during the first run of “REalTalk: A Communications and Movement Building Workshop on Renewable Energy” held this month.

SONA 2022: ICSC responds to President Marcos, Jr.’s energy roadmap

Reiterates calls for renewable energy push, abolition of pasa-load, reduction of power cost, and increase in power supply QUEZON CITY, 26 July 2022 – Reacting to President Marcos, Jr.’s pronouncements in his first State of the Nation Address citing cheap and reliable energy as a fundamental requirement [...]

ICSC welcomes secretary nominations for DOE, DENR

QUEZON CITY, July 15, 2022 – International climate and energy policy group Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) welcomed the nomination of Raphael “Popo” Lotilla as the next secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) and Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga as the next secretary of the Department of Environment [...]

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Empower the children and youth to act on climate change

by Ira Dominique Guerrero | July 13, 2022 | Published by | READ THE ABRIDGED VERSION HERE “When I came to think of my life in those days, considering my youth then, I am surprised how I stood it all,” Gregoria (“Oriang”) de Jesus, the nation’s ultimate Lakambini and [...]

13 Jul 2022|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Environment group calling for immediate appointment of ERC chief

by Alena Mae S. Flores | July 11, 2022 | Published by Manila Standard | READ THE STORY HERE Climate and energy group Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) called for the immediate appointment of the Energy Regulatory Commission chairperson amid the prolonged shutdown of power plants [...]

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Nonoy Espina’s torch shines bright

by Renato Redentor Constantino | July 8, 2022 | Published by ABS-CBN News | READ THE STORY HERE It’s been a year since the veteran journalist Jaime “Nonoy” Espina passed away. Nonoy was a former chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, a fierce press freedom [...]

Remembering Nonoy

by Inday Espina-Varona The Jaime Espina Klima Correspondents Fellowship is the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities’ tribute to our dear friend, veteran journalist and committed activist Nonoy Espina,  who dedicated many years developing the skills and capacity of fellow journalists, especially in regions outside of Metro Manila. In and [...]

Philippines, ASEAN must tap solar, wind to meet rising electricity demand — report

by Jhesset O. Enano | July 7, 2022 | Published by GMA News | READ THE STORY HERE Countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, must ramp up solar and wind capacities to meet the rising demand for electricity and avert more carbon emissions from the power sector, according to [...]

Mapping Report on Climate Change Laws and Policies in Climate Vulnerable Countries

The first detailed compendium of climate change laws and policies in 48 of the world’s 55 most climate vulnerable nations 30 June 2022, LONDON: Today the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and GLOBE International publish the first detailed compendium of climate change laws and policies in 48 of the [...]

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We are Here for Queers

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities stands firmly with the LGBTQIA community. Solving the climate crisis means standing in solidarity with the most vulnerable and marginalized. Gender and climate lenses can and must be better utilized–together–in government planning to ensure that development outcomes are truly inclusive and [...]

29 Jun 2022|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , |

More than 500 volunteers count people on bicycles nationwide

Cycling community pays back to cities, counts people on bicycles to push momentum for bike revolution by Mobility Awards | June 28, 2022 | READ THE STORY HERE QUEZON CITY, June 28, 2022 – Over 500 cycling volunteers across the country joined this year’s June Bicycle Count today to [...]

Jaime Espina Klima Correspondents Fellowship names its inaugural class

Fellows to highlight stories of the transition to renewable energy in communities across the Philippines QUEZON CITY, June 27, 2022 – Seven teams composed of 14 journalists and editors, mostly from Luzon and Mindanao, have been chosen as the inaugural Fellows of the first Jaime Espina Klima Correspondents Fellowship which [...]

ICSC: Outages on Luzon grid show need for flexible, distributed energy

by Angelica Y. Yang/ | June 22, 2022 | READ THE STORY HERE MANILA, Philippines — Problems with power supply on the Luzon grid, which was placed on red alert and saw power outages last Saturday — highlight the need for flexible and distributed power system that is not [...]

Red alert status affirms urgent need for flexible, distributed power generation

QUEZON CITY, June 22, 2022 – Manila-based climate and energy policy group Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) reiterated the urgent need for flexible and distributed power generation in the Philippine power system as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) raised a red alert status over the [...]