Sunday, February 21, 2021

Environmentalists welcome climate commitment

ENVIRONMENTALIST GROUP Aksyon Klima Pilipinas said it has transmitted to the Climate Change Commission the statement of nearly two dozen civil society groups on the finalization of the country's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The statement said that while the groups welcome the higher GHG emissions reductions target, there still remains significant issues and challenges regarding the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) draft, which continues to resemble a document seemingly focused more on compliance than substance.

“We hope that the civil society and other sectors be given space and voice in the NDC Technical Working Group in planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting processes,” said Aksyon Klima Pilipinas national convenor Rodne Galicha.

Galicha said they are also requesting for the full disclosure of the breakdown of the proposed 75% emissions reduction and avoidance, with its conditional and unconditional commitments.

“Aksyon Klima Pilipinas urges the Commission to assure active participation of the civil society in the Advisory Board per Section 5, Republic Act 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009; and continue creating an enabling environment that shall promote broader multi-stakeholder participation which is inclusive and transparent per Section 9.h and Section 16 of same law,” he said.

Consistent to its role since 2007, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas said it continues to serve as a platform of the civil society and communities to work and engage with different sectors and the government to act on the climate crisis towards genuine sustainable development and intergenerational ecological justice.

The finalization and submission of the NDC for the Philippines is vital to achieve sustainable development, where no one is left behind. Despite playing a pivotal role in the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, the country is one of the few Parties yet to submit its first climate pledge; this is a situation that the Philippine government aims to rectify as it is currently spearheading the finalization of the NDC, targeting the end of February 2021 for its long-awaited

submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international environmental treaty addressing climate change, negotiated and signed by 154 states at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

Just this month, the Duterte government presented its second draft of the NDC to non-government stakeholders, where it now commits to a 75% reduction in GHG emissions between 2020 and 2030, compared to the business-as-usual (BAU) scenario for the same period. This is higher than the target in the previous draft, a 30% reduction target by 2040. 

It also expresses for the year 2030 to be its target for said emissions to peak, before decreasing as part of a less-pollutive development pathway by 2050. (Mindanao Examiner)

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