Greenpeace warns of coal industry manipulation

Press release - November 21, 2011
Greenpeace today delivered a message from Filipino youth telling the Climate Change Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to make sure that the Philippines is not further locked into fossil fuel dependence for another thirty years while our neighbours and the rest of the world look to renewable energy (RE) to power national development. The message was relayed during a plenary session of the Climate Change Consciousness Week, attended by government, including the aforementioned agencies, and civil society representatives.

“We are concerned that the ongoing debates regarding the feed-in tariff (FIT) rates for RE in the Philippines is being taken advantage of by the coal industry to insert new polluting power plants. By delaying the implementation of RE projects, industries, communities and local government units will haveno choice but to turn to fossil fuels. The government should make sure that the RE law is implementedand fast-track RE proposals that are simply waiting in the wings to ensure 50% RE by 2020 in thecountry,” said Francis Dela Cruz, Climate & Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

The environmental organization warns that not providing options for RE now would allow coal plantsto fill in the gaps in energy demand, effectively giving no more room for new RE projects for the nextfew decades and giving the next generation no choice but coal dependence and leaving the country’seconomy further at the mercy of volatile fossil fuel prices.

“The ERC should make sure that we are not swept up by this haggling over centavos per kilowatt hour for RE, at the expense of billions that will be needed to address health and environmental issues because of  fossil fuels, especially coal. We know that fossil fuel costs will continue to rise, while RE technology continues to become more affordable and viable. The world is moving towards a low carbon model of development, and the Philippines runs the risk of again being left behind. It’s our future that’s being decided here and everyone should keep that perspective while they debate the FIT rates,” Dela Cruz added.

Contacts:

  • Francis Dela Cruz, Climate & Energy Campaigner, +63 917 854 2103, +63 2 3321807 loc
  • JP Agcaoili, Media Campaigner, +63 917 631 2750, +63 2 3321807 loc 108,