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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

The Pig is Getting Big

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I guess this opensource pig was the source of that pig  which won the logo design contest when I was still spending my time with the Philippine Methane Initiative. I haven’t had any connection with my former colleagues but one thing’s for sure, pig waste and manure management have always had a big potential towards emission reduction projects that can be sold in the carbon markets.

For this year, I have experienced very minimal opportunities of dipping into the carbon markets, though I have planned a great snow dive a few years back, there just seems to be no big ocean to dive on. It forces me to become cautious because I might get injured if I dived into shallow waters, especially if that guy on that cubicle is making the pool  more crowded. No bones being broken please! I do miss emission reduction project developments. Though my prior experience was limited to capacity building on making technical people understand what the carbon markets was all about, it was one heck of a great fun! I really do miss this pig quite a while.

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MVP group in talks with foreign firms for electric vehicle manufacturing venture

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA – The MVP group of companies on Thursday said it has received proposals from foreign firms interested in putting up a joint venture for the manufacture of electric vehicles in the Philippines.

During the 2nd Philippine E-Vehicle Summit, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) president and chief executive officer, said his group is willing to work with the government, financial institutions, the academe and manufacturers to develop the infrastructure for building such vehicles in the country.

“Our group of companies is prepared to invest in the downstream manufacturing capability of this industry for the sake of this country. It is better for us to build rather than import these vehicles,” he said.

He said his group is considering proposals by foreign companies that are keen on partnerships to establish the Philippines’ e-vehicle manufacturing capacity.

“[We] would like to pursue them. The Philippines should take the lead in the region in the development of the industry,” Pangilinan said.

The government is banking on the development of e-vehicles to reduce the country’s reliance on oil imports and at the same time bring down green house gas emissions.

Taxes and duties on electric and hybrid vehicles, however, account for 30 percent of their prices, making such vehicles unattractive for either private or public transport use.

Besides Meralco, Pangilinan is also chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Philex Mining Corp. – all of which are among the top companies in their respective sectors.

Pangilinan is also the chairman of TV5 and its online news portal, InterAksyon.com.

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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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