Ph outlines energy sustainability path at COP26

wimpy at COP26

The Department of Energy (DOE) laid out its plan towards achieving a sustainable energy future during the Energy Transition Partnership event at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.

Energy Usec. Felix William Fuentebella, a member of the Philippines’ 19-man delegation to the COP26, highlighted the Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) 2020-2040, which summarizes the government’s long-term strategic plans and policy initiatives to attain energy security, equity, and environmental sustainability goals.

“We crafted a formula to guide us in the energy transition process. This formula brings together renewable energy (RE) mechanisms, energy efficiency and conservation, other energy technologies, information and communications technologies, and resiliency,” he said.

The DOE is pushing the realization of the Clean Energy Scenario (CES) under the PEP, in which the Philippines’ power generation and energy mixes would shift from being dominated by oil and coal to one featuring clean energy resources and technologies. The CES envisions a 50% RE share in the country’s energy mix by 2040.

In a related development, Fuentebella affirmed the alignment of the country’s position on Article 8 of the Paris Climate Agreement, with that of the Group of 77 (G77) and China (photo above).

“The Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts shall be subject to the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to this Agreement and may be enhanced and strengthened, as determined by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to this Agreement,” Article 8 reads.

“Dual governance is not only backed by the aforementioned items, but is also in line with the spirit and principles of social and climate justice,” Fuentebella said.

At the COP26 also days earlier, the Philippines — through the Department of Finance — partnered with the Asian Development Bank for the buyout of coal plants and shift to clean power technologies through the Energy Transition Mechanism.

In the same conference, the DOE committed to pushing for RE, but went silent on the phaseout of coal from the country’s energy mix.