Philippines pushes renewable energy


Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called for boosting renewable energy to tackle climate change.
  
Speaking at the first Philippine BioEnergy Conference Thursday, Aquino highlighted his government's efforts to improve the renewable energy sector and urged "the rest of the world would join us in proactively responding to what is perhaps the most pressing challenge of our age," GMA News Online reports.
 
Nearly 39 percent of the Philippines' energy requirements are derived from renewable sources such as hydropower, geothermal, solar, wind and biomass, Aquino said, noting the government projects biomass to increase from 39 megawatts of energy in 2010 to more than 300 megawatts by 2015.
 
Biomass is energy derived from garbage, wood, waste, landfill gases and alcohol fuels.
In June the Energy Department launched the National Renewable Energy Program aimed at tripling the country's renewable energy-based capacity by 2030.
 
"With more emphasis on renewable energy resources, we can even make our own small contribution to addressing the massive problem that is climate change," the president said.
   
Increasing biomass energy alone, could generate about 89,000 jobs, Aquino said.
 
"Exploring alternative energy options is a noble endeavor, and is economically viable especially in our rural areas,"