Meeting the Paris Agreement and achieving climate resilient and sustainable development require innovation across a whole range of technologies used to produce and consume energy, but without compromising economic growth. Doing this necessitates investments in climate actions that promote existing and potential low-carbon technologies and bring together different forms of financing, forward-looking policies, innovation, and leadership to deliver solutions for the climate at various scales. It is also crucial to establish the momentum and step up actions to address climate change through enhanced partnerships.
The Philippines has made a strong commitment to transitioning the country towards a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy through its national climate change policies and initiatives. The Climate Change Commission (CCC), as mandated by RA 9729 to coordinate climate change activities in the country, pursues the achievement of this outcome through the operationalization of the National Climate Change Action Plan which embodies the Country’s adaptation and mitigation agenda. Vertical integration of strategies on mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is accomplished by building the capacities and know-how of local level decision-makers on local climate change action planning.
In pursuit of mainstreaming low emission development at the subnational scale, CCC capacitates local governments on greenhouse gas inventory and management which shall be the basis of identifying mitigation strategies and actions in their local development plans. Parallel to this effort is the tagging of the budget to ensure that the climate initiatives identified in the local government plans are properly supported. In 2016, PhP 1.7 billion was allocated for climate mitigation initiatives most of which were related to solid waste management (43%) and urban traffic management (9%); while for FY 2017, the PhP 2.9 billion tagged deal with energy efficiency (62%) and solid waste management (27%), which point to emission reduction efforts in the transport, energy and waste sectors.
To support CCC in stimulating climate mitigation actions and strategies at the local level, the VLED Project will host a Good Practice Exchange to provide a venue for stakeholders to discuss and exchange learnings on bold actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The learning event aims to:
- Serve as venue for sharing among national and subnational government and other non-government actors about the country’s NDC and the need for transformative local climate solutions to drive forward climate action;
- Showcase emerging technologies and innovations for provinces and cities’ climate actions and explore avenues for catalyzing or piloting different climate technology options;
- Showcase activities of and lessons from national government and cities’ climate actions in the Philippines;
- Provide insights on how to make full use of partnership to enhance access to knowledge and technology, and for mobilizing support and investment in climate action.
Date: 09 November 2018, 9AM – 3PM
Venue: Discovery Suites Manila, Ortigas, Pasig
Please find the programme here: Programme Good Practice Exchange