By Dhel Nazario
The European Union (UE) reiterated its commitment to lower carbon emissions, with its top envoy to the Philippines biking for 50 kilometers around Bohol this weekend along with local bikers.
It was part of European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen’s bid to convey the message to help counter climate change through the EU’s vow to lower carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
Jessen biked with First Secretary Jerome Riviere of the EU Delegation and Marc Rooijackers of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
This was the first time that Jessen biked in Bohol. Together with other ambassadors and diplomats, he previously biked more than 200 kilometers in Guimaras and in Palawan.
To further stress the importance of the environment, Jessen participated in a mangrove activity in Panglao.
Aside from biking, Jessen met with Kathyrin Fe Pioquinto from the office of Governor Arthur Yap to discuss vital issues about Bohol. He also met with Tagbilaran Mayor Baba Yap.
Europeans regard cycling as the most energy-efficient transport mode with a great potential to reduce energy consumption and to enhance the liveability of any city, municipality or province. It can also become a high impact measure to foster energy-efficient transport patterns in countries without an active or stable cycling culture.
It introduced the concept of Velomai to highlight cycling as the best way to go to work from home.
Cycling is the best way to exercise and to remain fit, and at the same time, it reduces pollution through noise and exhaust emissions and reduces congestion problems. The concept of bicycles originated in the European Union. The prototype of the bicycle was developed by French craftsman, Comte Mede De Sivrac in the 1790s while Baron Karl Drais Von Sauerbronn, a German nobleman patented his Draisine in 1817.
The concept called bicycle evolved through the years until the current period.