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5 priority industries eyed for climate change makeover

In order to narrow down the broad industrial sector for better focus en route to supporting climate change, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) has chosen five leading industries to be integrated to the Comprehensive National Industrial Strategy.

According to Sec. Emmanuel de Guzman, acting CCC vice chair, these five industries are manufacturing, tourism, infrastructure and logistics, agribusiness, and Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM).

“Along with Sen. Loren Legarda and concerned stakeholders, we will adapt a bottoms-up approach to strengthen the partnership with the private sector towards attaining a fruitful green economy,” he declared during the Business and Climate Summit in Cebu.

The overall goal of the thrust is to create globally competitive and innovative industries with growth oriented action to move up the value chain, attract more investments, and deepen participation in regional production networks/global value chains.

De Guzman said the Local Climate Change Act of the Philippines would handle plans on the local level. This includes 39 Memorandum of Agreements with state colleges and universities, mentoring local government units, pursuing local climate change action plans, and preparing proposals for funding.

“The role of government is to act as enabler and facilitator to address coordination failures, while addressing the most binding constraints that prevent industries from growing and creating the proper environment for private sector development,” he added.

Green shift requisites

The New Industrial Policy and transition to a low carbon economy will involve skills, materials, capital, and digital technology manufacturing, which requires a reliable supply of energy at affordable prices.

In support, the gradual shift to green manufacturing will require improvements in the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes, and the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.

There is also the enabling of the environment for the adoption of energy efficiency measures: laws, regulations, incentives, finance, education, and training.

“So far, the CCC is developing the accreditation and certification system for the compliance of enterprises with the Green Jobs Act. The Department of Labor and

Incentives are also being readied to support the greening and capacity building of the workforce, reaching as high as 50 percent tax rebate,” de Guzman said.

All in all, with the use of renewable energy, he forecasts savings of PhP10 billion a year.

The Philippines is one of the participating countries in the Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB), a global initiative to support national climate change, mitigation efforts, and enhanced measuring, reporting and verification systems, among others.

Locally, the program is undertaken through the LECB Phl Project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme Philippine Country Office together with the CCC.