PH to identify potential contributions to global climate goal
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the Philippines remains committed to doing its part to address climate change, consistent with the international aim of keeping global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius or less by the end of the century.
Cimatu said the country’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are now being updated for submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hopefully within the year.
“Our goal is to come up with more realistic and achievable NDCs, that’s why our targets are being re-calculated based on updated options for climate change adaptation and mitigation,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu said the updated options include “target setting and development of a transition plan for this year.”
At the same time, Cimatu said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) plans to include in the NDCs a cap-and-trade program to control the industrial sector emissions and require the mining industry to neutralize its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and associated deforestation.
Before becoming NDCs, these commitments are called intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) representing the country’s planned post-2020 climate actions pursuant to the landmark global accord signed by 174 countries and the European Union in Paris, France in 2015.
The central aim of the Paris Agreement is to strengthen global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature increase this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit temperature rise even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.