By Betheena Kae Unite
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has recently bared plans to pursue the use of renewable energy in all its controlled ports in the country.
The move is aimed at reducing carbon footprints from ports and to be at par with international maritime stakeholders, officials said. The project is called the “Green Port” project.
“Green Port” project is in accordance with the 25-year port development roadmap adopted by Philippine port stakeholders in a summit held in April this year, which will be submitted to the President later this year.
According to PPA Assistant General Manager for Operations Hector Miole, who spearheaded the adoption of the port development roadmap, as a starter, the PPA will replace all its existing fluorescent, incandescent lamps, and bulbs with light emitting diodes (LED) lights in its Corporate Office Building.
He said the PPA is also making an inventory of all streetlights from the South Harbor Expanded Port Zone, the access roads going to its vessel traffic management system control tower, as well as the PPA offices at the South Harbor and the North Harbor.
“The Authority is gearing towards using sustainable energy in all its aspects of operations as much as possible, not only in the Head Office but including all PMOs and TMOs nationwide,” Miole said.
“Our international shipping counterparts have already agreed to reduce carbon emissions by a certain percentage in the next decade or so and it is only fitting to do the same in our ports,” Miole added.
While admitting that the initial outlay might be overwhelming, Miole said that “its long-term effect to the financial aspect and environmental conservation outweighs all of that.”
Miole said that the move is also a commitment of the PPA to the Ambisyon Natin 2040 program adopted by the current administration.
Moreover, the agency is seeking to forge a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine National Oil Company-Renewable Corporation (PNOC-RC) in enforcing the project.
Under the proposed MOA, PNOC-RC will provide technical expertise, review and design for the best kind of renewable energy sources, which will be used by the PPA in bidding out the said project.
According to Miole, the result of the review is expected to be operational in six months upon signing the MOA. The PPA, for its part, will determine the initial ports that will undergo the same “greening” project.
Initially, the PNOC-RC is offering a guaranteed 100-kilowatt solar panel to be installed at the PPA Head Office, which is enough to cover at least a third of the agency’s lighting requirements.
The facility, however, will still be connected to the current electric grid system to source out the remaining power requirement of the office.