Greenpeace launches ‘Pilipinas, Go Renewable!’ campaign at the Philippine Senate

Senate President Manny Villar welcomes initiative, opens global warming photo exhibit

Feature story - November 7, 2006
Senate President Manny Villar today formally opened the Greenpeace climate change photo exhibition at the launch of the environmental group’s ‘Pilipinas, Go Renewable’ campaign at the Philippine Senate. The exhibit, entitled ‘Climate in Crisis: Philippines in Crisis!’ show graphic images of climate change impacts in the region and around the world, as well as solutions which will avert this disaster.

Senate President Manny Villar puts his handprint in a poster after formally opening the launch of the Greenpeace's 'Pilipinas, Go Renewable' caimpaign at the Philippine Senate today. Greenpeace is calling for the Senate to fast-track the passage of a stronger renewable energy (RE) legislation that will enable aggressive investment in renewable energy sources to combat the threats of climate change and meet the nation’s energy requirements.

Celebrities (from left) Juddha Paolo, Diether Ocampo and Model Amanda Grifin pose with a Greenpeace banner that says 'Clean Energy Now' at the launching of 'Pilipinas, Go Renewable! campaign at the Philippine Senate. Greenpeace is calling for the Senate to fast-track the passage of a stronger renewable energy (RE) legislation that will enable aggressive investment in renewable energy sources to combat the threats of climate change and meet the nation’s energy requirements.

Senate President Manny Villar puts his handprint in a poster after formally opening the launch of the Greenpeace's 'Pilipinas, Go Renewable' caimpaign at the Philippine Senate today. Greenpeace is calling for the Senate to fast-track the passage of a stronger renewable energy (RE) legislation that will enable aggressive investment in renewable energy sources to combat the threats of climate change and meet the nation’s energy requirements.

Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Jasper Inventor along with model Amanda Grifin and TV actor Juddha Paolo, explains a photo to Senate President Manny Villar after formally opening the launch of the environmental group's 'Pilipinas, Go Renewable' caimpaign at the Philippine Senate today. Greenpeace is calling for the Senate to fast-track the passage of a stronger renewable energy (RE) legislation that will enable aggressive investment in renewable energy sources to combat the threats of climate change and meet the nation’s energy requirements.

Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Jasper Inventor along with model Amanda Grifin and TV actor Juddha Paolo, explains a photo to Senate President Manny Villar after formally opening the launch of the environmental group's 'Pilipinas, Go Renewable' caimpaign at the Philippine Senate today. Greenpeace is calling for the Senate to fast-track the passage of a stronger renewable energy (RE) legislation that will enable aggressive investment in renewable energy sources to combat the threats of climate change and meet the nation’s energy requirements.

Greenpeace is calling for the Senate to fast-track the passage of a stronger renewable energy (RE) legislation that will enable aggressive investment in renewable energy sources to combat the threats of climate change and meet the nation's energy requirements. The exhibit is part of their ongoing initiative to gather support from lawmakers to champion a more ambitious renewable energy bill.

"More and more countries around the world are now recognizing the urgent need to shift to renewable energy sources. The Philippines' renewable energy bill will be our contribution in this global initiative to stop the climate crisis," said Senate President Manny Villar.

"In order for RE technologies to gain a foothold in the Philippine power sector, it is both necessary and urgent that the country adopts a renewable energy policy that has ambitious and time bound targets as well as a proven mechanism that genuinely promotes the massive utilization of clean energy," said Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner Jasper Inventor. "Greenpeace is therefore calling on the Philippine government to source at least 10% of the country's energy needs from renewable sources such as the wind, solar, and modern biomass by the year 2010."

The Philippines' potential for renewable energy is vast. But at present it harnesses only a minute fraction of this immense reserve. Less than 1% of the entire energy needs of the Philippines comes from clean, renewable sources such as wind, solar, and modern biomass. Majority of the country's energy supply follows the prevailing bias in favor of dirty--and costly--fossil fuel-generated power, recognized as a main contributor to climate change.

It is estimated that the wind energy potential of the country, the highest in Southeast Asia, is in the range of 70,000 MW. This figure represents close to seven times the country's total energy demand today. Solar power is also abundant in the Philippines and is capable of producing 1500 hours of power annually at 5 kilowatt hours per square meter per day. Solar energy in the Philippines possesses one of the highest efficiency ratings in the world. In addition, the combined commercially viable modern biomass potential of the country within a ten-year planning period, from diverse sources such as sugar cane bagasse and rice and coconut residue, is over 2,300 MW.

"Already, the Philippines has lost thousands of lives and billions of pesos to extreme weather events caused by global warming. Greenpeace believes that the Philippines, a developing country most at risk from climate change impacts, must do its share towards reducing CO2 emissions and aiming for a low carbon economy," said Inventor.

"By maximizing energy efficiency and renewable energy, the Philippines can supply the energy we need sustainably and safely--and avert dangerous climate change. Our political choices in the next few years will determine our country's environmental and economic well-being for many decades to come."

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