Greenpeace statement on increase in coal tax

Press release - December 12, 2017
Quezon City - In response to the Bicameral Conference Committee approving the adjustment of tax on coal from P10 per ton in 1977-2017 and to P50 in 2018, P100 in 2019, and P150 in 2020, Khevin Yu, Climate and Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace Philippines, said:

“Greenpeace welcomes this development and lauds the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives for pushing efforts toward a fairer tax scheme on coal. This is just the beginning though, since the coal industry has been making a lot of profit for decades at the expense of the people, the environment and the sustainable development of the country. Four decades of the citizens subsidizing the illusion that coal is cheaper is too long. More and quicker reforms are needed if we truly want energy justice for Filipinos. We also call on Congress to make sure the industry does not use the tax adjustment as an excuse to burden the people further by increasing their prices and expanding and building new coal power plants.

“We will continue to work with partners to expose the true costs of coal, and to empower communities and the government in transforming our energy systems to renewable sources, which are the real cheaper, safer and cleaner alternatives. The vision is to power the country’s development with 100% RE. While the tax adjustment is a historic victory, the fight is far from over in ending the age of coal and limiting global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. We owe this to every Filipino who are at the forefront of climate impacts. And the coal industry still owes a lot.”

Media Contacts:

Khevin Yu, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines
| (+63) 917 521 2256

Angelica Carballo Pago, Media Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines
| (+63) 949 889 1332

JP Agcaoili, Communications Manager, Greenpeace Southeast Asia - Philippines
| (+63) 9498891334