We welcome the commitment of countries to quit coal, which would have been acted upon since the inception of the convention. Strategically announced in a country where the industrial revolution started, we expect that such is tantamount to genuine phase out including other fossil fuels. Avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions should be prioritized while direct access climate financing for renewable energy transition must be done without delay and compromises. Commitments remain to be acted upon, it has been 26 years of talks.
We commend the provincial government of Negros Oriental for consistently standing up for sustainable and clean energy. However, we are saddened with the half-baked position of the Department of Energy by not agreeing to scale up technologies and policies for energy transition from coal within the decade and cease and end issuances of new permits for coal generation, construction and support to coal-related projects. The agreement should have been a leverage and instrument to demand financing for energy transition towards greenhouse gas emissions avoidance.