Report: Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Multi-country Study Mission, October 1-5, 2012, Taipei, China

Group Photo of Participants

APO Multi-country Observational Study Mission on Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction, Oct 1-5, 2012, Taipei China

BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT

The emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, comprising of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydroflourocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride, greatly contributed to climate change. The effects of climate change resulted to the earth’s rising temperature, global warming and rise of sea levels due to the melting of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Recognizing the urgent need to raise awareness of the issues on GHGs emission, the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) with the China Productivity Center (CPC) and Taiwan Environment Management Association (TEMA) conducted the Multicountry Observational Study Mission on Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction on October 1-5, 2012 in Taipei, Republic of China.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the activity were: (a) to discuss the latest trends and developments concerning the impact of greenhouse gases (GHGs) on the global climate and its seriousness; (b) identify solutions for the reduction of GHG emissions by industries and municipalities and discuss GHG emission reduction technologies; (c) examine policy instruments that governments should use to promote the reduction of GHG emissions; and (d) prepare a set of recommendations to reduce GHG emissions for industrial associations, municipalities with large urban areas, and governments.

OBJECTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) supports the national government’s efforts on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM/CCA). This is concretely manifested by putting DRRM/CCA as one of the department’s program outcome – the building of disaster-resilient local government units (LGUs). Projects under this program is focused on enhancing the capacities of LGUs on DRRM/CCA including but not limited to provision of trainings, technical assistance on the preparation of plan of actions, infrastructure audit and environmental compliance audit.

The environmental compliance audit assesses LGUs compliance to environmental laws which include among others, RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and RA 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, and others including the issues on greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions. Considering these efforts of the department, it is necessary that its employees/personnel have knowledge and understanding on the contributory factors on climate change which is considered a major cause of the occurrence of natural calamities. It is also necessary to
acquire knowledge and understanding how each can contribute to minimizing/slowing down the ill-effects of climate change.

The course is expected to provide inputs on factors contributing to climate change and strategies / mechanisms to reduce it. The inputs and acquired learning will support the DRRM/CCA Project implementation of the department.

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

There were a total of twenty five (25) representatives from the thirteen (13) participating APO member economies that participated in the said activity. These are the following: Cambodia, China (8), Fiji, India (3), Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines (2), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand (3), and Vietnam.

SCOPE, CONTENT AND METHODOLOGY

Topics:

a. International Efforts for Green House Gas Emission Reduction and Climate Change : Post Durban Climate Change Conference 2011 & UNCSD 2012
by Dr. Heinrich W. Wyes, Deputy Executive Director, CAREC, Almaty, Kazakhstan

b. Policy Response in Australia & Potential Technology for Mitigation
by Mr. Jonathan Evers, Principal Consultant, Mining and Technical Services P/L, METServe

c. CDM for GHG Emission Reduction: Lessons Learnt & Future Direction
by Mr. Kumar, Programme Officer, Project & Entity Assessment Unit, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat

d. New Market Based Mechanism for GHG Emission Reduction
by Dr. Heinrich W. Wyes, Deputy Executive Director, CAREC, Almaty, Kazakhstan

e. Role of UNFCCC in GHG Emission Reduction
by Mr. Kumar, Programme Officer, Project & Entity Assessment Unit, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat

f. Current Status of Green Engineering and Green Building
by Mr. Chilin Cheng, Vice Chairperson, Taiwan Green Building Council

g. Current Status of Taiwan’s Energy Policy and Implementation
by Dr. Linda Ling-Hui Chen, Secretary General, Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs

Site Visits:

1. Taipei 101 LEED Certified World’s Tallest Green Building
2. Industrial Technology Research Institute
3. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
4. AU Optronics Corporation L8A plant
5. Taiwan Power Company Taichung Power Plant (Wind Turbine)
6. Cheng Loong Corporation (Ta-Yuan Mill)
7. Delta Electronics, Inc. Taoyuan Plant 3

OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION

The activity has greatly affected my perception as far as work attitude is concerned. The sites that we have visited provide me the opportunity to see for myself the innovations that were created, formulated, established and introduced by the companies/organizations.

These companies/organizations focused not only on sustaining the environment while they created, formulated, established and introduced something to the community, but focused also on the efficiency and effectiveness of what they are doing.

With the resource persons and speakers that all were knowledgeable, with the sponsoring and implementing organizations that all the way fully supported the participants – APO, CPC, TEMA and ROC – the participants that all contributed to the success of this activity, the objectives and expectations were all met and satisfied.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS

The knowledge and experiences I gained in this activity will be disseminated to the local government units in the future trainings/seminars and other related activities that will be conducted by our Department.

The sessions and site visits enhanced my knowledge on GHG and climate change. This can greatly help me in the exercise of my functions and duties as Focal Person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation.

Our Department, as Vice Chairperson on Disaster Preparedness in the National and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and as Member of the Advisory Board of the Climate Change Commission, continues to capacitate the local governments and provide them with technical assistance they will need on the subject.

SUBMITTED BY:

RAY GREGORY JARANILLA
Local Government Operations Officer V
OIC-Chief, Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division
Department of the Interior and Local Government
Region XIII (Caraga Region)

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