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Waking Up Fire Retardant

Waking Up Fire Retardant

I never expect that I would do work for the oil and gas industry, but currently most of my GHG verification opportunities have been related to oil and gas from upstream to downstream. It is only now that I started driving and getting fuel for my vehicle has always been convenient, we have always been dependent on fossil fuels that most of us could not imagine what will life be like without gasoline, diesel, LPG or even natural gas.

Investments in oil and gas infrastructure have been massive since we have been used to it. It is extremely hazardous but safety had been a primary concern.  A spark can flame up any fugitive emissions that is released in the common storage and handling process that having a cotton/fire retardant clothing is mandatory.  The industry is already forced to reduce its overall emissions, we are still slow in implementing investments to alternative fuels and renewable energy.

I am mind-boggled by how limited and minimal or even blocked efforts have been to achieve a low carbon economy.

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August 11, 2013 · 5:40 am

An opportunity is an opportunity

Due to incomplete documentation, my scholarship applications have been unsuccessful, maybe going back to the academe is not my thing. Every time I direct my attention to become an academic, or teaching per se, a minor lapse or glitch always prevents me from further pursuit of that line of work.

I already gained my masters degree more than five years ago and the five years lull have been quite a disadvantage in moving towards a doctorate.  Though that door had closed, I guess a greater opportunity is in place on my part in terms of focusing and polishing my technical skills in GHG verification.

Similarly, I had such an experience in my initial forays into EMS auditing, EIA preparation and any specialized skill I have gained for the past 13 years.  I may feel some jitters and I would initially start questioning my competence, but I guess that makes me a normal person, I have encountered a few who pretend to know a lot, when in fact, they are just as hollow as rotten logs. I would rather be humble and prove myself worthy.

Teaching would have been a lot easier, but whatever force or lets say Higher Power is pushing me towards this highly specialized field…maybe it is for my good, but  that good is quite, hmmm difficult, analyzing that much data could give me such a headache.  Well, at times I would imagine myself working for a non-profit organization or just sitting in an office supporting HSE stuff….but current opportunities are in places where I have to be in fire retardant personal protective equipment…maybe the hazard pay is good, but is it for the good of mankind?

An opportunity is an opportunity, sometimes you have to go through certain paths, though difficult is essential for your growth, teaching is an easy path…but I guess I may be needed somewhere else.

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Professional Attachment

Professional AttachmentI just received an email from ECO Canada and I  already got an EPt(GHG) qualification. Something that I could finally attach to my name. As much as possible, I need validation about my qualification. There is so much to learn, so much to see and I believe the world has so much to offer.  Yet things could not be maximized .

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September 12, 2012 · 11:03 am

Invest in renewable energy

Invest in renewable energy

I made this banner way back in 2010, before I left the methane to markets project and saying goodbye to my anaerobic biodigester friends.  The phase of development is really slow, renewable energy projects are running at a turtle’s phase here in the Philippines, though I am getting my monthly salary and getting some opportunities to be trained in GHG verification, there seems to be no great impact renewable energy have in policy-making.

The Renewable Energy Act has been around for quite some time yet the impact is not much, now the Philippines is facing an energy crisis where areas within the country face rotating black-outs which could have been prevented by developing small-scale renewable energy projects.   I do miss being a part of a project implementing renewable energy initiatives, even something as small as putting up a small microscale digester in a small farm.  If only such initiatives were replicated similar to what has been done in Vietnam and Cambodia, we won’t have to rely on diesel-powered generators or even power barges that run on carbon emitting fossil fuels.

There is so much opportunity but we just could not see it because… I don’t know… I just don’t understand the policy scenario why opportunities are being missed and our environmental initiatives are just simply for show and not for return on investments.

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April 6, 2012 · 11:09 am

Carbon Disclosure Project

What if you have to put up with a dumb local government and use this kind of information for greenwashing and politicking. Today, I decided to review the verification requirements for the Carbon Disclosure Project or CDP, particularly the verification requirements for an upcoming CDP verification contract and I suddenly came across this link about local governments becoming superheroes in reporting, mitigating and adapting to climate change. It seems I don’t see in the list Puerto Princesa City which already spent some publicity funds declaring its carbon neutrality. Thank goodness I don’t belong to that sector that requires you to be more public and less technical.  That kind of mentality has a questionable level of assurance.

I just don’t understand the disconnect, how people look at things in mutual exclusion rather as one single interconnected system. Well, a number of people don’t understand me either, would that require mutual acceptance? As usual, reading through the news in a number of dailies give us a reflection of how policy making is undeniably unguided and individual interests abound without concern for the common good. This is a failure based on my training in economics.

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Luzon power crisis looms—Angara

Luzon power crisis looms—Angara.

Luzon power crisis looms—Angara

Is this true? I just could not comprehend this. There is always a barrier in investing in renewable energy and that barrier could be as dumb as doing nothing. I am just wondering if that scenario would be valid in the context of a clean development mechanism project. then all Philippine CDM project will be deemed as additional. Sometimes we only see danger and miss the opportunity, these news are all to wake us up.  But if no one wakes up…well, we just need a few naps before we knew it disaster has already struck.

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An Anecdote on GPY…DSc

Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr. D.Sc. gracing one of the Biodigester IEC events. Thank you for the methane to markets grant, however we have to put up with Kurt and US EPA

Yumul takes early retirement from DOST, weather bureau

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11:27 am | Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Science and Technology confirmed Wednesday that Graciano Yumul, supervising undersecretary for the weather bureau and DOST Research and Development chief, has retired after 28 years of public service.

DOST spokesperson Mon Liboro said Yumul opted for early retirement after nearly 30 years in public service and turned in his retirement letter on Monday.

Yumul himself issued a brief statement: “Magandang umaga po. Please be informed that starting March 12, 2012, I have optionally retired from government service. Maraming salamat po sa mga naitulong ninyo at sana ay ipagpatuloy nyo pagtulong sa DOST.”

Originally posted at  11:17 am |Wednesday,  Mar. 14, 2012

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