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.
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
By Tarra V. Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:27 am | Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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
Someone told me that mitigating and adapting to climate change is like getting coffee. You really need to get your coffee but someone offers you a cappuccino and that cappuccino is the carbon markets. Now that climate change is the “IN” thing and Manila Bay is experiencing storm surges (and people think it is due to structural deficiencies in the sea wall) and weird storm and typhoon frequency, most people should believe that climate change is a real thing. However, there are still people who think that carbon credits occurs mutually exclusive from climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
McDonalds in Bangkok Floodwaters
In memory of my old blog, Fast Food Greenwash (can’t stop myself from experiencing grief from the loss of access to that blog), above is the photo of Bangkok deep in inexplicable flood waters. Similarly, I could still hear a number of people who says that the Bangkok flood is not related to the climate change phenomenon, when smack in our faces, it is.
Nothing else to do but adapt, and of course whine about the damage being done since the Seven (7) Billion people must go on with their carbon intensive lifestyles. Now to retain this carbon intensive status quo, some of the more intensive will have to buy some carbon credits. Regardless of the realities occurring, we have to deal with technicalities such as the buying of carbon credits. Regardless of my intensive use of energy for this evening’s post, I still live in a country that is somewhat carbon neutral and that gives me the right to waste, some of it. I’m getting my cappuccino, in an instant coffee society.
The technicality of the carbon markets could not be easily understood by the local leaders in my community, though on our part there is an urgency for us to adapt or mitigate as required by that type of market because it depends on our survival.