Green groups to DOE: What happened to renewable energy?
STANDING UP FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY. Environmentalists say the government should invest in renewable energy instead of add more coal plants in the country.
Despite the government's Renewable Energy Plan, the country's energy outlook remains very much coal-oriented.
This was the major grievance expressed by environmentalists during the National Conference on People's Energy held from November 4 to 6 in Quezon City.
"In spite of the stated goal of increasing renewable energy in the Philippines, in its actual content, it's still very focused on scaling up fossil fuel energy, in particular coal," Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) Convenor Lidy Nacpil told Rappler.
As of August, there were 31 coal operating contracts at the development and production stage, she said. An additional 17 coal plant projects using a total of 26 boiler facilities are in the pipeline.
But even without these coal plants being built, 84% of Philippine energy is already derived from fossil fuels, a non-renewable source of energy responsible for 35% of global greenhouse gas emissions.