Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

UP EEEI faculty members talk on low carbon growth in PH

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) tapped the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI) faculty members, through the UP National Engineering Center (UP NEC) to provide technical assistance (TA) to the National Technical Working Group (NTWG) of the ADB project RDTA 7695: Strengthening Planning Capacity for Low Carbon Growth in Developing Asia.

Associate Professors Rowaldo del Mundo and Michael Angelo Pedrasa, and Assistant Professors Ivan Benedict Nilo Cruz, Adonis Emmanuel Tio, and Wilbert Rey Tarnate presented the project results in the ADB RDTA: 7965-  Regional Capacity Building and Training Workshop, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas, Manila, on 12 to 13 January 2016.

The project results mapped low carbon growth development in the Philippines’ road transport, residential appliance, and power generation sectors.

In the first day of the workshop, Assoc. Prof. Del Mundo and Asst. Prof. Cruz discussed the different tools in the bottom-up analysis of low carbon growth in the Philippines. It included the discussion of the Energy Forecasting Framework and Emissions Consensus Tool (EFFECT) model, an open tool for forecasting greenhouse gases emissions (GHG); and developing of Marginal Abatement Cost Curves (MACC). Asst. Prof. Tio then discussed the modelling of low carbon development in residential sector; followed by Assoc. Prof. Pedrasa on modelling low carbon development in the transport section, and concluded by Asst. Prof. Tarnate on modelling low carbon development in the power sector for the second day of the workshop.

The TA, which is in line with the ADB’s Strategy 2020,  looks into the development of models for the baseline scenario and low carbon emission scenarios for the Philippines. This initiative is expected to improve low carbon planning, allowing a balanced growth path that is more resource efficient, less carbon-intensive, energy-secured, and environmentally sustainable, while maintaining Asia’s high growth potential and competitiveness.

Assoc. Prof. Pedrasa and Asst. Prof. Tarnate also presented the project results at the Department of Energy - Renewable Energy Management Bureau (DOE-REMB) National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) Review and Workshop, held at Hotel Dominique in Tagaytay City, last 14 -16 January 2016.

As defined by the United Nations, low carbon growth is a global strategy which consist of “development plans that encompass low-carbon emission and/or climate-resilient economic growth.” The NREP is a national policy established through Republic Act 95163 which aims to “help the country achieve the goals set forth in the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.”

Prof. Del Mundo during the ADB RDTA: 7965-  Regional Capacity Building and Training Workshop (Photo by Dr. Michael Pedrasa)
Asst. Prof. Tarnate during the Prof. Del Mundo during the ADB RDTA: 7965-  Regional Capacity Building and Training Workshop (Photo by Dr. Michael Pedrasa)
Dr. Pedrasa during the NREP review (Photo by Dr. Michael Pedrasa)