The Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department is tasked to develop and implement policies, programs, projects, systems, and strategies on climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as environmental sustainability while ensuring efficient and sustainable resource allocation through advocacy-driven campaigns, environment-friendly technological advances, environmental education, and community engagement.
To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to the projected business as usual scenario and commit to pursue net-zero emissions by 2050. In adaptation target, to increase the adaptive capacity of communities and the resilience of natural ecosystems against the impacts of cyclones and floods, droughts, and heat.
Aspire to be the leading City in advancing inclusive, ambitious, and evidence-based climate actions in the Philippines, building resilience and advancing green economic development while providing a liveable and quality community for all.
City Ordinance No. SP-3009, S-2020, An Ordinance Creating the Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department, Defining Its Powers and Functions and Appropriating Funds Therefor, and For Other Purposes
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C40 Good Food Declaration and the Quezon City Healthy Public Food Procurement Project
In partnership with ImagineLaw, the Quezon City Healthy Food Procurement Project was formalized to establish a nutrition criteria policy that encourages healthy diet and/or limits/prohibits food that contributes to unhealthy meals.
Through this initiative, a policy on Healthy Public Food Procurement will be institutionalized for all food-related procurement to be done by city departments/offices and barangays.
Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement
Quezon City is a member of the Global Lead City Network (GLCN) on Sustainable Procurement, a group of 15 cities committed to advancing sustainable consumption and production. The City is regularly reporting its Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) initiatives on the GLCN website.
Urban Farming and the Food Security Task Force
With the pandemic further highlighting the importance of food security, especially in cities, the CCESD partnered with the Office of the Mayor through the Joy of Urban Farming (JOUF) Project to assist and support the enhancement of the urban farming initiatives of the city government.
This is also aligned with CCESD’s role as part of the Food Security Task Force, wherein food waste management will be implemented to process and convert wastes into compost/soil enhancers.
Responsible Water Use Campaign and WASH Project
As early as October 2019, the city government has launched its Responsible Water Use Campaign which aims to involve all stakeholders to practice water conservation measures.
Quezon City also partnered with water concessionaires for the installation of Hand Wash Facilities in several strategic points in Quezon City as part of the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Program. This project aims to ensure that people have access to clean water, especially in this time of the pandemic.
As part of the implementation of the city’s Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP), the CCESD is now developing the Quezon City Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plan for the improvement and management of the city’s biodiversity.
Quezon City Qualitative Climate Risk Assessment
Under the C40 Climate Action Planning (CAP) Programme, the Qualitative Climate Risk Assessment (QCRA) was undertaken to better understand current and future climate risks for Quezon City covering three effects of climate change namely, heat, typhoons and flooding, and drought.
Trash to Cashback
The Trash to Cashback program was implemented to promote waste segregation and recover recyclable materials such as plastics, paper, cartons, metals, etc. It allows participants to trade and convert said recyclables into Environmental Points or EP which can be used to purchase goods and services from bXTRA merchant members through the bXTRA Customer Loyalty Platform and to pay for utility bills through the Bayad application.
The following is the step-by-step information on how to enter the program:
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Plastic Bag Ban and Single-Use Plastics/Disposable Materials Ordinances
The Quezon City Government is implementing two landmark ordinances on plastics enacted by the City Council, namely: SP-2868, S-2019, and SP-2876, S-2019 which are the Plastic Bag Ban and Single-Use Plastics/Disposable Materials Ordinance, respectively. The two ordinances were enacted to change consumer behavior and dependence on plastics as well as to change the throw-away attitude and instead employ sustainable and environment-friendly practices.
On March 1, 2021, the Quezon City Government resumed the implementation of the Plastic Bag Ban while the Single-Use Plastics/Disposable Materials Ban Ordinance is scheduled to be implemented on July 1, 2021.
Complementary Programs to the Plastic Ordinances
As part of the City’s promotion of sustainable practices, food establishments, and food delivery services are encouraged to implement the By Request Protocol. With this protocol, customers are asked if Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) should be included in their take-out or delivery order.
In order to promote a sustainable lifestyle, the city government is also distributing reusable eco bags, bayongs and dining wares to discourage reliance on single-use plastics and disposable materials.
Our City 2030: Youth Vision and Solutions Project
The “Our City 2030: Youth Visions and Solutions” is a three-year project in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature- Philippines (WWF) and Plan International. It aims to use the power of the youth in contributing to cities becoming climate-smart, resilient and sustainable.
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan
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 reducing its GHG emissions by 30% in 2030 under a Business-as-Usual Scenario and will continue to pursue carbon neutrality until 2050.
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).
In the past 3-years, feasibility studies on potential low carbon projects such as the 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 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.
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.
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 the national and local levels of governance.
One Planet City Challenge
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 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 with 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
Quezon City is in the process of formulating its Air Quality Management Plan with 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, the cities of San Juan and Mandaluyong, and Manila Water Company, Inc. for the Adopt and Estero Water Bodies Program.
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