Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan
For a more responsive climate action, the Quezon City Government participated in a two-year capacity building program under C40 Cities’ Climate Action Planning (CAP) Technical Assistance Programme. The programme was designed to assist the City Government in enhancing its Local Climate Change Action Plan to comply with the City’s international commitments and align its program and targets with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
Quezon City’s Enhanced LCCAP is inclusive, ambitious and evidence-based that sets the City’s climate action roadmap up to 2050 for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increased climate resilience. The City committed to reduce its GHG emissions by 30% in 2030 under a Business-as-Usual Scenario and will continue to pursue carbon neutrality until 2050. The said plan is also compliant with the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the National Framework Strategy on Climate Change (NFSCC).
The completion and finalization of the Enhanced LCCAP was made possible through the collaboration of various City Departments and Offices and assistance from C40 Cities and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.
City-to-City Collaboration between Osaka City and Quezon City
Quezon City and Osaka City, Japan committed to a City-to-City Collaboration focusing on low-carbon development in connection with the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM). The areas of cooperation include (1) Climate Change Mitigation for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction, (2) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, (3) Wastewater Management, (4) Water Supply, (5) Solid Waste Management, and (6) Environmental Conservation.
In the past 3-years, feasibility studies on potential low carbon projects such as promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy were conducted that can significantly help in the City’s climate change mitigation efforts.
Solar Energy Project in Fifty (50) Public Schools
With Quezon City transitioning towards a low carbon and sustainable city, the Quezon City Government intends to maximize the utilization of solar energy systems in city-owned buildings and facilities. With more than 140 public schools across the City, solarization of these schools offers enormous potential in terms of reducing electricity consumption, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions. It will also raise the awareness of the students on sustainable initiatives and practices.
With Technical Assistance from the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) together with GIZ and INTEGRATION Environment and Energy, Quezon City is preparing to install grid-tied solar PV systems in 50 public schools. The project has an estimated annual GHG reduction of 1,691 tCO2e and cumulative reductions of 50,730 tCO2e from 2021 to 2050.
Green Building Code Amendment
The Quezon City Government is amending the City’s Green Building Code to raise minimum energy efficiency requirements for new buildings and increase the rate of compliance towards a robust Building Energy Code. This initiative is being conducted with the collaboration of the Quezon City Green Building Code Technical Working Group (TWG) and the C40 Cities through their Adviser for New Building Efficiency and Building Energy Efficiency Data Specialist.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
Quezon City is regularly reporting its environmental and climate data in the unified reporting platform, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), to capture the impact of the City’s collective actions through standardized measurement of emissions, climate risks, and mitigation efforts.
For 2020, Quezon City has been recognized by CDP as one of the eighty-eight (88) global cities to receive an A score in the 2020 CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting System, citing Quezon City as among the A-List Cities based on the environmental data disclosed in 2020. Quezon City and Iskandar Regional Development Authority are the only two A listers in Southeast Asia.
ESCAP-UNEP SDG7 Localization Project
The EPWMD is currently working with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – United Nations Environment Programme (ESCAP – UNEP) on an inter-Departmental review of the Sustainable Development Goal 7 Localization Snapshot Report. This is part of accelerating local sustainable energy policies and projects as well as the establishment of effective dialogues among national and local level of governance.
One Planet City Challenge
Quezon City has signified its intent to participate again in the One Planet City Challenge (OPCC) 2021-2022, a platform to raise the City’s global visibility in terms of climate actions and environmental sustainability.
The OPCC is an initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature to recognize leading cities on climate action and Quezon City is continuously participating in this challenge by reporting climate change data, information and initiatives.
In 2020, Quezon City received a plaque of recognition as one of the participants in the 2020 One Planet City Challenge and was cited as among 13 cities in the Philippines with best practices in climate mitigation.
Quezon City Local Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program
The EPWMD and the City Planning and Development Department have been tasked to monitor the compliance of the City Government to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (RA 11285). In 2020, the City submitted its Local Energy and Conservation Plan (LEECP) to the Department of Energy (DOE) signed by the Honorable Mayor.
The LEECP aims to implement energy efficiency and conservation initiatives at the local level as well as accelerate and align energy efficiency and conservation into the green building code and other low carbon developments in Quezon City.
C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration
In October 2019, the Quezon City Government became a signatory to the C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration which aims to (1) establish an air quality monitoring network to enable the development of targeted and effective policies and programmes to reduce air pollution in line with national standards and World Health Organization guidelines, (2) develop a monitoring and information system to allow real-time sharing of air quality data with the public, and (3) develop an air quality management plan through engagement with various governmental and non-governmental agencies to integrate and coordinate pollution-reducing policies and programmes.
With this, Quezon City is in the process of formulating its Air Quality Management Plan with the assistance from C40 Cities and Clean Air Asia through the C40 Air Quality Technical Assistance Programme (C40 AQ TAP). Small-to-medium-cost air quality sensors will be installed in strategic locations to establish baseline air pollution characteristics and a roadmap will be produced as well for the development of an air quality monitoring network.
Clean Air for a Sustainable Future: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Mitigate Emissions of Black Carbon in Metro Manila, Philippines (TAME-BC)
Quezon City established a Cooperation Agreement with various international non-governmental organizations, national government agencies, and the academe under the “Clean Air for a Sustainable Future: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Mitigate Emissions of Black Carbon in Metro Manila, Philippines (TAME-BC) as a step to define and assess the extent of black carbon pollutants in Quezon City.
The Quezon City Government joined the Breathelife Campaign, a global movement that addresses air pollution to protect our health and the planet. The campaign is led by the World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).
Adopt an Estero Water Bodies Program – San Juan River Rehabilitation
On 29 September 2020, the Quezon City Government entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with National Government Agencies, Cities of San Juan and Mandaluyong, and Manila Water Company, Inc. for the Adopt and Estero Water Bodies Program.
In order to streamline the rehabilitation efforts on San Juan River, the Honorable Mayor signed Executive Order No. 42, Series of 2020 for the creation of the Committee on Quezon City-San Juan River Rehabilitation Project which is a sub-committee under the Task Force Manila Bay. The Committee is composed of the Heads of the EPWMD, CPDO, BCRD, Engineering Department, CArD, PDAD and HCDRD.