Germany and the Philippines enhance cooperation on climate change mitigation and renewable energies

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Over 30 million euros provided by the International Climate Initiative (ICI)

As part of its International Climate Initiative (ICI), the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) has provided an additional 3 million euros in support of the Philippines' climate policies, bringing the current total to over 30 million euros. This announcement was made in Manila on Monday, 10 October 2012, by representatives from BMU as well as the national Climate Change Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the National Economic Development Authority of the Philippines.

In adopting climate legislation and creating a national Climate Change Commission chaired by the president, the Philippines has established important cornerstones for effective climate policy. Renewable energies play a key role in this. Based on the Philippines' Renewable Energy Act from 2008, the project is to create an enabling environment for the use of renewable energies. The goal is to establish a low-CO2 energy supply and thus improve the energy security of the country at the same time. Furthermore, decision-makers at local level are to be given training to create climate-proof development plans for their areas of responsibility and to implement their own measures for adapting to the effects of climate change.