Hinay-hinay sa coal! Duterte orders Cusi to develop more green energy sources
President Rodrigo Duterte is expanding his save the environment advocacy from mining and water to energy production.
In his State of the Nation Address, Duterte ordered Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi to cut back on the use of dirty fuel, specifically coal, for the country’s power needs.
Duterte urged Cusi to focus more on green energy sources to save the environment.
“We recognize the urgent need to ensure the sustainability and availability of resources and the development of alternative ones,” said Duterte.
“In this regard, I trust that Secretary Cusi shall fast-track also the development of renewable energy sources, and reduce dependence on the traditional energy sources such as coal,” he added.
In his previous SONAs, the President showed his sensitivity to environment issues by ordering the closure of mining firms and the clean up of Boracay.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expected the Philippines to become the most coal-dependent country of Southeast Asia by 2030 with the use of coal increasing five-fold from 2018 to 2040.
Coal currently accounts for 43 percent of the country’s energy production but this is expected to jump to 50 percent in 2030 as Cusi approved a slew of coal plants since 2016. Indonesia is currently the most voracious user of coal in the region at 52 percent but this is expected to fall to 48 percent in 2030.