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Climate Change body rushes PH contributions document

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By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz

The Climate Change Commission (CCC) is hopeful that the Philippines will be able to submit before the end of the year its updated nationally determined contributions (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman (DENR / MANILA BULLETIN)

Climate Change Commission (CCC) Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman
(DENR / MANILA BULLETIN)

When the Paris Agreement, an international framework for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, was signed in 2015, nations agreed to boost the ambition of their national climate commitments–known as NDCs–every five years.

By 2020, nations are tasked to accelerate actions and strengthen their national commitments at a scale commensurate with the climate challenge.

CCC Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman said the Philippines’ NDC is the country’s blueprint with a host of investment options in the sectors of agriculture, waste, industry, transport, forestry and energy — in pursuit of low carbon development pathways, green jobs, and a just transition towards a green economy.

“We will try to submit our NDC (before yearend) because we would like to be faithful to the submission to the UNFCCC when we deposited our instrument of accession to the Paris Agreement. It was accompanied by a declaration signed by the President that we will submit a new NDC before the year ends or before 2020.” De Guzman said at the sidelines of the 12th Annual Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week.

“Our NDC can be considered an investment plan because of the principle of climate justice. We need to have access to finance, capacity-building and technology transfer so that we can transform our economy into green low-carbon economy,” he explained.

The CCC official said there are lead government agencies that are expected to submit a “menu of options for investment in greening our economic sector.”

These include the Department of Energy for the energy sector, Department of Transportation (DOTR) for the transport sector, Department of Environment and Natural Resources for forestry, waste and industry sectors, and Department of Agriculture for the agriculture sector.

“So far, only the DOTR has submitted its report. We are still awaiting the submission of other agencies for their respective sectors,” he added.

The agencies are likely having a difficult time with the new economic parameters of the country’s NDC. However he said the CCC remains optimistic that they can present the climate blueprint in time for the 25th UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain in December 2 to 13.

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