Government urged to focus on renewable energy sources, not non-renewables

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/October 16) – Reliance on coal for energy will not help the country meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement on climate change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030, said an environmental group.

Mylai Santos, director of Ecoteneo at Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), told MindaNews on Sunday that addiction to coal is damaging local communities, including Barangay Ned in South Cotabato where “dirty coal is mined by San Miguel Corporation”.

“Barangay Ned has an area of ​​41,247 hectares but it is covered by 36,000 hectares of coal mining contracts also covering Bagumbayan,” she said.

The Paris Agreement, which entered into force on November 4, 2016, aims to limit “global warming to well below 2, preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels” as part of global efforts to combat against climate change and adapt to climate change. its effects.

Under the agreement, countries “aim to reach the global peak in greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate-neutral world by mid-century.”

Advocacyyears ago. Members of the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) gather outside the Waterfront hotel in Davao City April 13, 2012 to protest against coal-fired power plant plans in Mindanao to avert the electricity crisis. Mindanews File Photo by KEITH BACONGCO

The Philippines signed the Paris Agreement on April 23, 2016, and it was later ratified by the Senate on March 23, 2017 under the administration of former President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Engineer Nilo Geroche, director of the Mindanao Department of Energy’s field office, told “Wednesday’s at Habi at Kape” at Abreeza Mall, non-renewable sources come from coal and oil, accounting for 51% and 18 %, respectively, of the island’s electricity mix.

He said hydroelectric sources, which previously provided the majority of Mindanao’s energy mix, contributed 26%, solar 2%, geothermal 2% and biomass 1%.

Geroche said coal and oil supplies in the Philippines are imported. For coal, he said 97% comes from Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Dr Jean Lindo, environmental activist who co-chairs Panalipdan! Mindanao said the Philippines should redouble its efforts to develop more renewable energy sources because the negative impact of climate change is real.

She said other countries were “exceeding their lofty targets”.

When we learn that 69% of our energy comes from fossil fuels and we see that other countries reach 98% renewable energy (RE), we would be really disappointed,” she said.

She said that based on the Ministry of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Program 2020-2040, the country aims to source its electricity from 35% renewable energy by 2030 and 50% renewable energy. 2040.

“It’s a very low target,” she said.

“The dominance of non-ER reflects decision makers’ love of dirty energy, whatever justification or excuse they have. I think it also reflects the fact that the corporate world is obscuring the ability of decision-makers to make science-based choices,” she said. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

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