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Regional CSO urges Asian governments: Strip the veil of ADB’s clean energy showcase, expose the lie of “clean coal” and other false solutions to climate change

The Asian Development Bank  (ADB) claims concern in addressing the causes of climate change as it convenes the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) from June 6 to 10 in Manila.

It  appears to recognize the inconvenient truth on the contribution of fossil fuel usage to global warming, which is now universally recognized after the Conference of Parties 21 of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris last year.

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Break free from dirty energy

by Jonathan Mayuga, 8 May 2016

Business Mirror > Features > Green

With President Aquino ending his six-year administration by the end of June, environmental and climate-justice advocates are hopeful that the next administration will give a closer look at the country’s energy policy of shifting from fossil fuel-based to more environment-friendly renewable-energy (RE) sources.

Faced with the challenge of sustaining economic growth, the next administration is also faced with an even tougher challenge of fulfilling an ambitious target to reduce the country’s carbon emission by 70 percent by 2030, a promise made under the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution that was submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Paris conference in December 2015.

On April 22, highlighting the country’s celebration of Earth Day, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje signed the Paris Agreement in New York in behalf of President Aquino, affirming the country’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint to help limit global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, or at least to 1.5°C, at best, in the next 14 years.

While plausible, environmental and climate-justice advocates seriously doubt that such carbon emission-reduction target is achievable, considering the current procoal-energy policy. They are pinning their hopes on the next administration for the country to break free from coal and shift to RE.

Arguably, they said coal may be cheap and quick to put up, but the cost to people’s health and environment makes it the most expensive source of energy, far worse than the cost of putting up RE plants, such as hydropower, geothermal and, perhaps, the most cheapest and supply abundant, solar plants.

Piglas Pilipinas

On May 4 a nationwide campaign against coal kicked off in Batangas City. About 10,000 marchers echoed calls against coal and the shift to clean RE. They called out the country’s next leaders to take the lead for a more environment-friendly development paths, starting with sourcing clean energy and scrapping fossil fuels.

The event, organized by Piglas Pilipinas, a coalition against coal, was part of the global Break Free from Fossil Fuels 2016 campaign to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground.

The local campaign aims to enjoin people in affected communities to make a stand against coal-fired power plants, highlighting its adverse impacts on people’s health and environment vis-à-vis the threats of climate change, which are considered by scientists as the most serious threat to human existence.

Organizers vowed to launch similar activities in the next few days to rally the people in areas with existing, expanding and approved coal-fired power-plant projects as “a show of force” against coal and other sources of dirty energy.

There are 19 existing coal-fired power plants in the country, and 27 more are in the pipeline. After a law promoting renewables was signed on December 16, 2008, the share of RE in the country’s energy mix had decreased by 5 percent. In the next six years, this is expected to further shrink by 5 percent, with its share being eaten up by coal—unless the next administration takes a bold step to reverse the trend, the group’s organizers said.

Piglas Pilipinas 2016, which is composed of religious leaders, environmental and climate-justice activists, told the BusinessMirror on Thursday the successful Batangas City event highlighted the growing opposition against coal-fired power plants, particularly against the proposed 600-megawatt coal plant of JG Summit Holdings in Barangay Pinamucan Ibaba, Batangas City.

Organized by the Archdiocese of Lipa, led by Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, the event called “Piglas Batangas, Piglas Pilipinas” kicked off a series of anticoal peaceful protest actions in the Philippines and other parts of the world.

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Statement on the occasion of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank

Sustainable development figures prominently in this year’s meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank’s with its chosen theme “Cooperating for Sustainability”. ADB has also expressed many times its support for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by directing “enhanced resources to human needs, infrastructure, and cross-border public goods to eradicate poverty and strengthen sustainable development.”

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Paris Agreement signing: Asian alliance urges governments to solve climate crisis

Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development
PRESS RELEASE

PARIS AGREEMENT SIGNING
Asian alliance urges governments to solve climate crisis

MANILA, 22 April 2016 – As representatives of over 150 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change in New York today, an alliance of Asian social movements demanded governments to do their fair share in solving the climate crisis.

“It is important to remember that the national pledges which form part of the Paris Agreement, when combined, fail to ensure that the global temperature increase does not breach the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit. Governments will have to scale up their targets in order to be consistent with the 1.5⁰C limit that they also mentioned in the Agreement,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), from Manila.

Climate movements, especially from developing countries, have said that 1.5⁰C limit is an urgent matter of survival. If the national pledges are not improved upon, the world will likely warm by at least 3⁰C.

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On the Panama Papers and Illicit Financial Flows

Press Statement

Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development

Freedom From Debt Coalition

April 15, 2016

 

The recently leaked Panama Papers all the more confirm what we already know about illicit financial flows (IFFs) – that there are massive sums of money stashed away in financial secrecy jurisdictions with the purposive intent to avoid and evade tax obligations and hide stolen wealth.  What is more important is that the Panama Papers confirm that there is in fact enough money that can and should be made available to increase workers’ wages way above minimum, secure universal social protection for all, undertake urgent economic policies such as comprehensive agrarian reform and support services, finance climate programs and the rapid, just transition to renewable energy systems.

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