Monday, September 14, 2015
Mandaue City Exemplifies a Low Carbon Model Town
The Low Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project of the APEC Energy Working Group (EWG) has been greatly instrumental in encouraging communities in the region to embark on city planning initiatives promoting low carbon technologies to manage the rapidly increasing energy consumption and consequently, mitigate the adverse effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.
“We are constantly looking for potential LCMT candidates and it impresses me to find Mandaue City with such a comprehensive plan involving land use, green building and transportation,” PH Senior Official on Energy (SOE) Leader, DOE Usec. Loreta G. Ayson said.
The local government of Mandaue City has a clear target for reducing its CO2 emissions and has long been crafting measures to establish a sustainable city to address air pollution and traffic congestion. Its proposed project consists of developing green growth areas and interconnecting these areas within Metro Cebu. An ordinance is also proposed promoting disaster-resilient buildings in the city.
Mandaue is located on the central-eastern coastal region of Cebu, and is one of the three highly urbanized cities on the island and forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan area. It is connected by two bridges to the island of Mactan. Mandaue is also known as the “furniture capital of the Philippines.”
In the APEC’s 12th Energy Ministers Meeting which will happen in Cebu this October, announcement shall be made as to which of the three LCMT nominees (i.e., Krasnoyarsk City, Russia; Mandaue City, Philippines; Subang Jaya, Malaysia) shall be entitled to receive technical assistance, such as a Feasibility Study to help them determine ways to implement their low carbon plans for their respective cities.
Previous winners include the city of Da Nang in Vietnam which implemented an innovative system of electric motorbikes and charging facilities. Samui Island in Thailand also got support for its feasibility study to utilize solar, wind and small hydro power; reliance on electric vehicles and reforestation and protection of existing forests. They also adapted Green technologies for resort and hotel developments such as solar water heaters, solar panels on rooftops, biomass power generation of kitchen waste and increased ventilation for natural cooling.