The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC) is a non-profit group working on sustainable energy solutions and fair climate policy.
iCSC is behind the Climate-Friendly Cities (CFC) initiative, which pioneered the eJeepney revolution and the move to integrate sustainable transport with clean energy generation. iCSC led the campaign that established the People’s Survival Fund, the country’s first direct access-driven financial mechanism dedicated to supporting the adaptation programs of local governments and communities.
Sustainable Energy Solutions
iCSC launched the electric jeepney revolution in July 2007. We have since marked a series of milestones: the first domestically manufactured eJeepney (2008), the first official registration papers issued to electric jeepneys (2008), the first public routes dedicated to electric public transport, called the Makati Green Routes (2009), the first electric vehicle charging station (2009) and the first e-vehicle battery-swapping program (2011). iCSC formed the private consortium which received the first commercial eJeepney fleet franchise in 2012.
Our eJeepneys received the grand prize in the 2012 Inclusive Mobility Challenge organized by the Ateneo School of Government, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Metro Manila Development Authority. The eJeepneys also won the top transport solutions prize in a global contest run by the Ecopolis Program of Discovery Channel in 2009, the same year iCSC was awarded the Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism.
Fair Climate Policy
iCSC’s policy agenda is focused on climate adaptation finance and low carbon social enterprise.
iCSC led the crafting and passage of Republic Act 10174, which established the People’s Survival Fund, the first funding mechanism dedicated to supporting the adaptation agenda of local governments and communities. The P1-billion annual replenishable incentives fund reflects iCSC’s policy agenda: it encourages the mainstreaming of adaptation in local development planning. It is demand-driven. It promotes direct access financing, accountability and public participation. It directs support towards the most vulnerable, such as women in agriculture.
iCSC contributes to Philippine climate policy development by (1) promoting innovative climate change-driven risk transfer mechanisms such as weather-indexed insurance and (2) championing the integration of environmental and social safeguards with direct access climate finance. iCSC is part of the international Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative (AFAI).
iCSC works closely with local governments, academic institutions, businesses and NGOs to promote policy innovation and sustainable social enterprise. We are a respected voice in the international climate finance arena, with over four decades of combined experience in the UN climate negotiations.
We support the passage of measures that dramatically lower electric vehicle production costs, and improve local EV industry quality. We are working on the So-FiT project, or Socialized Feed-in Tariffs, which seeks to leverage international financial mechanisms to address costs arising from the transition to renewable energy-led development.
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