Makati City, one of the pilot sites of the pioneering Climate Friendly Cities initiative, will launch on July 12 its third green route dedicated to electric jeepneys. Dubbed the Makati Heritage Route, the new ejeepney route traverses key commercial establishments and historical sites.
The route covers around five kilometers and goes around Barangay Poblacion from City Hall where many ancestral houses are located; the Museo ng Makati, Poblacion Park, Pio Del Pilar High School, then all the way through the Power Plant Mall towards Estrella and on to EDSA.
Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, Jr. an active pioneer of the Climate Friendly Cities project will lead the inaugural ceremonies as he marks his 34th birthday. “As developing countries like the Philippines continue to face the so-called triple crises facing the economy, energy and the environment, cities like Makati can show the way and lead local government efforts at building climate resilient infrastructure and development of sustainable transportation programs,” Binay said.
Cities continue to consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and are responsible for over 70 percent of global CO2 emissions. (1) Yet, the devastation impacts of climate change are strongly felt in cities. Majority are prone to flooding while infrastructure and urban programs are becoming increasingly vulnerable to more frequent and severe weather events.
The Climate Friendly Cities project is an integrated waste management, sustainable transport and clean energy program developed by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, a non-profit organization at the helm of promoting fair climate policy and sustainable solutions to climate change.
The institute is the pioneer of ejeepneys in the Philippines. According to ICSC Executive Director Red Constantino, “Cities are uniquely positioned to lead global efforts to address climate change. Makati demonstrates the kind of bold leadership necessary for cities and municipalities to abandon business-as-usual, carbon-intensive energy and waste management practices. Cities with visionary leaders are poised to leapfrog towards resilient and low carbon development.”
Global GHG emissions remain on the rise. According to the International Energy Agency, 2010 marked the highest concentration of CO2 emissions ever in the atmosphere, dimming hopes for the global community to stop dangerous climate change and keep emissions below the 2 degrees threshold. (2)
“Despite the lack of progress in the emissions reduction commitments of developed countries, developing countries like the Philippines continue to adopt win-win policies to avert climate change,” added Constantino. A recent Oxfam-commissioned report by the Stockholm Environment Institute concluded “over 60 per cent of emissions cuts by 2020 are likely to be made by developing countries.” (3)
To date, Makati has a total of 14 eJeepneys plying three routes exclusive to public electric transport.
Ten units are plying the Legaspi Village and Salcedo Village routes in located in Makati’s central business district. Another five will ply the new Heritage route.
Constantino is also set to announce on Tuesday updates from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board regarding the impending issuance of the first ever
commercial public transport franchise for electric jeepneys.
Constantino said iCSC and Makati City are working closely with officials from the DOTC and the LTFRB to help bring the historic occasion closer to fruition.
The Makati Green Route festivities will begin with a 8:30 am mass at Makati City Hall, which will be followed by a short program with key messages from Mayor Binay and representatives from iCSC, the EV industry and the LTFRB.
The Makati Heritage Route is a loop that will traverse Makati City Hall/Pio del Pilar High School, proceeding to Century City / B. Valdez / Makati Ave., Cristo Rey / Burgos / Rivera, Museo / JP Rizal / Poblacion Park, Rockwell Center, EDSA / Estrella, JP Rizal / Estrella, Museo / JP Rizal / Poblacion Park, JP Rizal / Makati Ave, JP Rizal / E. Zobel, and back to Makati City Hall.
(2) International Energy Agency, May 2011.
(3) Oxfam commissioned the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) to use four of the most well-respected sources of information about the emissions pledges made since Copenhagen to represent the variety of mitigation pledges made by developed and developing countries in terms of their emissions reductions in 2020 below what would have been the case without the policies (a “business-as-usual” baseline). The four sources are: the UNEP Emissions Gap Report (UNEP, 2010); Frank Jotzo (co-author of the Garnaut Report) (Jotzo, 2010); the McKinsey Climate Desk with additional analysis by SEI (McKinsey, 2011); and Climate Action Tracker (Climate Action Tracker, 2010; 2011). The study will be the basis for a forthcoming SEI overview of the major recent analyses of the pledges. See http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/pressroom/pressrelease/2011-06-06/developing-countries-pledge-bigger-climate-emissions-cuts-worlds-r