Philippines sees Germany as model in shift to renewable energy

Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman said the Philippines can draw an inspiration from Germany in energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, as the country looks for alternative sources of electricity to create climate-resilient communities. De Guzman, along with CCC Commissioner Frances Veronica Victorio, met on June 28 with German parliamentarian Bärbel Höhn, chair of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Read More

Climate Change Commission welcomes appointment of Gina Lopez as environment secretary

Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman on Thursday said he is optimistic that the country can significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions with the appointment of Gina Lopez, a known advocate for environment and renewable energy, as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). De Guzman said the appointment of Lopez, who chairs the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, is most welcome as the Philippines undergoes Read More

CCC says renewable energy has huge potential for Phl businesses

Renewable energy (RE) presents the biggest opportunity for local investment, as the Philippines prepares to move away from “dirty” coal whose external costs far outweigh its economic benefits. According to Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the country has “nothing to lose but all to gain” if it is able to shift investors away from coal to RE sources, particularly solar, wind and geothermal energy. “It Read More

Philippines begins comprehensive energy policy review

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Thursday began its task of reviewing the government’s energy policy that is expected to reshape the country’s power development plans and replace coal with renewable sources of energy. The commission, together with key government agencies, has six months or until the end of the year to conduct a national review and craft a framework development on energy, in accordance with Commission Resolution No.2016-001 it Read More

End social injustice by protecting poor from climate change, local governments urged

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Wednesday reminded local government units (LGUs) that their failure to come up with measures to reduce disaster risks is tantamount to social injustice, because it deprives the poorest and most vulnerable sectors the much-needed protection against the adverse effects of climate change. “Non-action on climate and disaster risks is a social sin, an injustice to the poor and most vulnerable,” CCC vice chair, Secretary Read More

More local governments to undergo training on climate change

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is set to gather this week local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders most vulnerable to disasters caused by extreme weather conditions to train them in handling adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction and management. The Communities for Resilience or CORE Convergence Forum, to be held on June 8 to 9 in Cagayan de Oro City, will bring together LGUs around the Buayan-Malungon, Cagayan de Oro, Read More

Climate Change Commission hails executive order on renewable energy resource management

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) sees an executive order making renewable energy (RE) resource management a state policy as a big boost to efforts to drive the Philippines toward a low-emission and climate-resilient future. The commission’s vice chair, Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, has welcomed Executive Order (EO) No. 206, which President Benigno S. Aquino III signed last May 20, saying it complements an earlier CCC resolution that sets into motion Read More

Government has comprehensive programs to deal with La Niña, says Palace

Malacañang on Wednesday assured that the government is already carrying out several measures to address the possible effects of the La Niña weather phenomenon, which is expected to hit the country this year. “As part of its overall strategy on climate change resiliency, government is implementing a comprehensive program on mitigating the harmful effects of the possible onset of the La Nina scenario,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in Read More

Climate Change Commission urges government, private sector to invest in climate-resilient social housing

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is urging the government and the business community to tap into the potential of the construction sector to fight climate change by investing in affordable, sustainable and resilient housing and buildings. Underscoring the importance of the buildings sector in climate change mitigation and adaptation, CCC vice chair Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman said the industry could easily and effectively enable cities to make significant climate contributions. Read More