The Climate-Friendly Cities (CFC) initiative aims to contribute to climate change mitigation and at the same time promote climate-resilient communities through the integration of sustainable waste management, energy generation and sustainable transport programs.
In close partnership with DOEN Foundation, the program aims to use energy from organic wastes from wet markets, business establishments and households of partner cities to power an environmentally-friendly public transport system composed of eJeepneys and other electric public utility vehicles.
The project consists of 3 components:
- A fleet of eJeepneys, each with a capacity of twelve (12) passengers;
- A depot serves as charging station; and
- A power plant consisting of a generator, an anaerobic digester or biodigester (an industrial system that promotes the decomposition of organic waste to produce biogas that can be used to power electricity generators), and a gas engine.
Biogas technologies harness biogas or methane from liquid or wet organic wastes from the livestock, food processing and beverage industries, as well as municipal solid waste and sewage treatment plants, to run a generator to produce electricity.
In the Climate Friendly Cities program, the biodigester will break down organic waste collected from municipal solid waste and sewage treatment plants, as well as the livestock, food processing and beverage industries of partner cities. The process is as follows:
First, both the wet market and commercial food waste streams will be thoroughly cleaned of material such as metals and plastics. The waste will then be shred and mixed, and fed into digesters where their total solid content will be reduced through the introduction of an effluent such as pig manure or abattoir waste. The resulting slurry will be heated to accelerate the activity of bacteria decomposing the solids, thereby producing gas. The gas will, in turn, be fed to a gas engine that will produce electricity and power a city’s electric utility vehicle fleet.
Partner Cities for the CFC are led by Makati City, known as the financial center of the Philippines, and Puerto Princesa City, considered the country’s premier ecotourism destination.
iCSC promotes regulatory and fiscal policy development that can scale-up sustainable transport initiatives. Its advocacy agenda has helped pull in a variety of electric vehicle-driven businesses and ancilliary commercial enterprises involved in motor, controller, battery and charging station applications..