Manila, Philippines — 19 April 2018— The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted an Inter-Agency round table consultation to inform the methodologies and assumptions for the ongoing development of the DTI Carbon Footprint Calculator. The activity was attended by representatives from the Climate Change Commission (CCC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Climate Change Division (DENR-CCD), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), National Center for Transport Studies (NCTS) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The Carbon Footprint Calculator is being developed to help DTI measure its Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and enact internal policies that will promote collective action to adopt more efficient and sustainable work practices. The tool will collect and analyze GHG emissions data of the concerned DTI Units in the key areas of energy, transportation and waste, among others. Data will be consolidated to present a baseline for given time frames and provide reference for setting organizational GHG reduction targets.
“The DTI Carbon Footprint Calculator supports advocacy efforts to reduce GHG emissions and mainstream green growth in the DTI planning process, which is one of the cooperation areas in the partnership between the GGGI and the DTI, and allows our agency to objectively contribute to Government’s commitment to low-carbon, climate-resilient development. Eventually, DTI and GGGI intend to develop an MSME Carbon Footprint Calculator to help micro, small, and medium enterprises check their GHG emissions and influence the adoption of green business practices towards a greener development path,” said Engr. Robert Alvin Arceo, Officer-In-Charge of the DTI Planning and Management Service.
GGGI and DTI have long been partners in developing impactful tools for green growth. “GGGI is fully supportive of the DTI Carbon Footprint Calculator and appreciates the co-leadership and ownership by DTI of this initiative. Aside from informing the reduction of GHG emissions, which is one of our global strategic outcomes, this tool also has the potential to contribute to climate smart industries as pursued in the Philippine’s National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP),” added Mr. Suki Atwal, GGGI Country Representative for the Philippines.
The agencies presentations during the consultation noted the relevance and timeliness of DTI Carbon Footprint Calculator and underscored its potential to harmonize existing GHG measurement efforts by other government agencies and as a tool that could also be replicated. Subsequent consultations will be undertaken to secure agency inputs as the DTI Carbon Footprint Calculator work progresses.