PHL and Germany collaborate on climate policy

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PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS

The Philippines and Germany are collaborating to develop policies that will promote science-based climate planning, according to the Philippine Commission on Climate Change (CCC).

“The relationship between Germany and the Philippines remains strong and positive. We are already working on many fronts (including) exchanging and sharing experiences to build capacity on climate change,” said the CCC secretary, Robert EA Borje.

“We hope to count on Germany as a strong partner in this particular effort for climate justice and equity, bound not only by our common goals for a more sustainable future, but by our common understanding that no nation is safe from the climate crisis until all are nations,” added CCC Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera.

The CCC and its counterparts from other countries recently met with German officials, research institutes and universities to discuss German approaches to reducing carbon emissions and its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

According to the CCC, Germany has set a target of reducing greenhouse gases by 80% by 2045, with renewable energy and energy efficiency keeping its economy competitive as the world decarbonizes.

“As the country most vulnerable to climate change, the Philippines can learn a lot from Germany in a wide range of areas, from the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, energy efficiency, adaptation to climate, such as flood protection, disaster risk reduction and sustainability,” says the commission. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson

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