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Working together towards a low-carbon future

A new partnership will advance the Philippines' clean energy transition and support its shift towards a more sustainable future.

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What is an energy transition?

Energy transition is a shift away from fossil fuels to zero-carbon, sustainable, resilient, secure and affordable energy systems. Driven by renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy transitions play a crucial role in building climate resilience – both locally and globally.

A new partnership between the UNOPS-managed Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) and the Philippines Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will support ERC’s efforts to build its capacity and champion energy transition in the Philippines.

“This collaboration with ETP will increase the effectiveness of our agencies in terms of fulfilling our respective mandates and functions, moving towards a low-carbon energy system,” said Agnes Devanadera, ERC Chairperson.

The partnership begins against the backdrop of the Philippines' ambition to achieve its climate goals. When the government ratified the Paris Agreement, it set forth its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to reduce carbon emissions by 75 per cent by 2030. The NDC guides the country’s long-term development plan towards a climate-resilient and low-carbon future.

The ERC is well-positioned to help ensure that the government’s low-carbon energy plans, energy transition road maps and energy sector development plans deliver on the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

“Our partnership aims to support ERC with technical advice as it develops an overarching regulatory framework that is focused on competitiveness and realizing the low-carbon energy objectives of the government,” said Sirpa Jarvenpaa, ETP Director.

“We look forward to providing technical assistance to reinforce ERC’s ambition to be a world-class electric power industry regulator that equitably promotes and protects the interests of consumers and other stakeholders,” she added.

The partnership will enable the ETP and ERC to collaborate on the Philippines' energy transition to a low-carbon energy system. UNOPS is the fund manager of the ETP.

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