Renewable Energy major PH program

Thursday, August 08, 2013 12:00 AM    Views : 560by:ManilaBulletin

The administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III has significantly advanced the country's clean and sustainable energy program.

Former senator Heherson T. Alvarez, now Commissioner of the Climate Change Commission, made this response to Greenpeace's statement issued on July 29 expressing disappointment on the President's statement on coal-driven energy during his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Alvarez said the PNoy administration is pursuing a two-track energy program first, an expedient program based on coal and fossil fuels to sustain high economic growth rate and, second, a strategy of developing clean energy sources that could ultimately displace fossil fuels.

Alvarez said the Philippines is the leading user of renewable energy in Asia. "While our power plant base loads are still reliant on hydrocarbons, renewable energy in the country's diversified energy mix is registering a significant and growing share" he noted.

Stressing that increasingly broader reliance on renewable energy is the goal, Alvarez said economic realities dictate the expedient use of hydrocarbons for power generation as the Philippines strives for stability and growth.

"Without a measured shift to alternative energy, the Philippine economy would definitely be set back since green technologies cannot yet compete with fossil fuel prices which do not reflect the heavy costs of pollution and environmental destruction," Alvarez said.

Alvarez cited key programs mandated by the President, as chair of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), through three resolutions issued recently to the CCC: Resolution No. 5 - Reinforcing public-private collaboration on sustainable development; Resolution No. 6 - Launching a low-to-zero carbon program for a sustainable power; and, Resolution No. 7 - Approving a mitigation program which will cut black carbon in urban areas.

Alvarez also credited the President for the development of 18 major river basins as a priority program to exploit the electric-generation potential of rivers. This is also a long-term adaptation program to arrest the destructive impact of climate change, promote sustainable development, and reverse the destruction of riverine ecosystems and biodiversity.


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