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PH, UK Promote Renewable Energy

by ROY C. MABASA for Manila Bulletin

February 20, 2012, MANILA, Philippines — To create awareness on major economic opportunities to invest in low carbon, the British Embassy in Manila, along with the United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), is set to hold a series of events promoting renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure and low emission transportation.

The events, dubbed Climate Solutions: Advancing Low Carbon Business, will be attended by business leaders and experts including British Business delegations, representatives of local government units and non-government organizations.

The British Embassy said the global market value of low carbon environmental goods and services is estimated to be up to £3.2 trillion, of which the UK’s share is worth up to £112 billion employing close to a million British people–around three percent of all jobs.

Carbon finance sustainable construction and wind power supply chains represent growing sectors where UK firms are benefiting.

The embassy said that since 2008, it has supported projects which raised the level of public awareness on different climate change issues such as the promotion of low carbon technologies and businesses, helped the development of science-based policy planning on climate change adaptation and climate sensitive policies.

The events will kick off with a seminar on renewable energy to be conducted by UKTI on Feb. 27. On March 6, the UKTI will conduct another seminar on the capabilities of Britain in low carbon and sustainable construction.

On March 7, the British Embassy, in partnership with the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), will hold a policy seminar on low emission vehicles.

The British Embassy has been supportive of low carbon public transportation perojects, such as the eTricycles in Siargao and eJeepneys in Puerto Princesa and Makati City.

Last year, it supported the iCSC to pilot a project that will promote greater use of eJeepneys through an innovative battery swapping scheme that can increase the efficiency, range and revenue generation of electric jeepney operations.

Photo: British Ambassador Stephen Lillie unveils the first eJeepney stop in Makati in 2009, by Luis Liwanag / iCSC