Philippines Signed Paris Agreement

Posted on April 11, 2021

The signed document was received by Senator Lt. Legarda, who said she would sponsor it for approval. Executive Deputy Secretary Meynard Guevarra and Legarda, who heads the Senate Committee on Climate Change, attended the transfer ceremony. READ: Senate to OK Paris Climate Agreement by March 18 – Legarda) Earlier this week, the Philippines officially acceded to the Paris Agreement. According to its Climate Change Commission, the next step for the country will be to integrate and integrate the “country`s commitments into national policies, plans and programs” resulting from the agreement. Among these commitments is a conditional commitment to reduce emissions by 70% from forecasts by 2030. The path to the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) began in the Philippines when Manila Call to Action on Climate Change was launched during French President Fran├žois Hollande`s state visit to the Philippines in February 2015. This appeal to the international community symbolized our shared commitment to the fight against climate change. The road from Paris continued in Manila through our October 2015 climate week, where we supported, together with politicians, artists, the Academy, civil society and the public, the conclusion of an ambitious, universal and legally binding agreement at COP21. The Paris Agreement to Limit Global Warming came into force on November 4, 2016. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved and signed the accession instrument on February 28, 2017. Membership of the Paris Agreement will give the Philippines an active role in negotiations for their implementation.

The moratorium on new coal could reduce emissions by 32-35% by 2030 compared to our current policy projections. The Philippines is the first of Southeast Asian coal-dominated countries to implement such a moratorium. This could stem the Philippine emissions curve and bring the country closer to its NDC target. The uncertainty is great, as the total impact of the COVID 19 pandemic or stimulus measures on economic development is not yet clear. However, the economic downturn in 2020 will affect emissions for many years to come. CTU`s current policy forecasts show that emissions in 2030 are 2 to 7% lower than our previous December 2019 estimate. The document became ready for Duterte`s signature when the 33 Certificates of Compliance (CCC) were signed after being submitted to various Philippine government agencies. This measure alone could reduce emissions by about 60 million TCO2e by 2030 compared to our current policy scenario, a reduction from 32% to 35%.

These emission reductions have been quantified on the basis of independent projections that do not necessarily reflect the government`s plans for the use of renewable energy sources, but reflect the maximum impact of the policy, including the possibility of political outreach (Ahmed-Brown, 2020). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed to Rappler on Wednesday (March 1st) that Duterte had signed the “accession instrument” on Tuesday (February 28th). However, with the support of the country`s top Senate supporters and cabinet consultation, Duterte reversed his previous position and signed the Paris Agreement. It is an acknowledgement of the many dangers that the effects of climate change pose to the Philippines and many other vulnerable nations. Many countries that emit the least carbon will bear the main burden.


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