PE2 leads EE track in ECCP’s Future Cities Forum 2019

  • PE2 trustees join ECCP organizers and VIP guests during the opening sessions of Future Cities Forum 2019 on 13 November 2019. Group photo (L-R): Gerry Constantino of ECCP, Douglas Liner of EU-ASEP, Juergen Lorenz of ECCP, Alexander Ablaza of PE2, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Sec. Mark Villar of DPWH, Ruth Yu-Owen of PE2 and ECCP and Florian Gottein of ECCP. (PE2 photos by Luigi Eusebio)
    PE2 trustees join ECCP organizers and VIP guests during the opening sessions of Future Cities Forum 2019 on 13 November 2019. Group photo (L-R): Gerry Constantino of ECCP, Douglas Liner of EU-ASEP, Juergen Lorenz of ECCP, Alexander Ablaza of PE2, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Sec. Mark Villar of DPWH, Ruth Yu-Owen of PE2 and ECCP and Florian Gottein of ECCP. (PE2 photos by Luigi Eusebio)
  • PE2 trustees speak during the opening sessions of Future Cities Forum 2019 on 13 November 2019. Group photo (L-R): Alexander Ablaza of PE2, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Director Patrick Aquino of DOE, Raymond Marquez and Ruth Yu-Owen, both of PE2. Bottom center inset: Jagannathan Srinivasan of PE2 (PE2 photos by Luigi Eusebio)
    PE2 trustees speak during the opening sessions of Future Cities Forum 2019 on 13 November 2019. Group photo (L-R): Alexander Ablaza of PE2, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Director Patrick Aquino of DOE, Raymond Marquez and Ruth Yu-Owen, both of PE2. Bottom center inset: Jagannathan Srinivasan of PE2 (PE2 photos by Luigi Eusebio)

PARANAQUE CITY, 13 November 2019 – The Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) actively supported here today the Future Cities Forum 2019, as co-organizer of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP). PE2 trustees and officers led the energy efficiency (EE) presentations and invited special guests from Government to kick off ECCP’s two-day event held at the Solaire Resort.

Following a plenary keynote by Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee presented disruptive technology-based energy systems and business models  with the potential of deployment in the Philippine energy market. Director Patrick T. Aquino of the Department of Energy (DOE) gave a briefing on the newly enacted Energy Efficiency and Conservation law.

PE2 president Alexander Ablaza emphasized the need to mobilize P 12 trillion in energy efficiency capital through 2040 and bridge the financing gaps with innovative off-balance sheet mechanisms working alongside traditional self-financed and debt-financed modalities. PE2 trustee Raymond Marquez explained why the energy service company (ESCO) business model is the game-changer to accelerate the implementation of EE projects in commercial, industrial and government facilities. Another PE2 trustee Jagannathan Srinivasan showcased the significant potential and impacts of connected road lighting systems. PE2 vice president for external affairs, and ECCP chairman of the renewable energy and energy efficiency committee Ruth Yu-Owen served as moderator of the first two sessions.

ECCP opened the forum reporting that, by 2030, the United Nations (UN) projects that there will be about 43 megacities existing with more than 10 million inhabitants with most of these cities in developing countries. These put pressures on existing and future cities as they face problems with crowding, traffic, inadequate infrastructure, energy and water shortages, waste management issues, flooding, congestion, expensive housing, increasing slum areas, growing crime and accidents and urban hunger/poverty.

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) launched in 2015 that aims to transform the world by 2030 will have to start in cities as it is in urban areas where the problems are intense and pressing. In particular, cities need urgent support for achieving SDG goals and it is in this context that ECCP is organizing Future Cities Forum 2019 with the theme “Building Smart and Sustainable Cities” to initiate an annual dialogue of stakeholders covering several key areas on energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, green buildings, mobility and connectivity, information and communications technology, water efficiency and conservation, waste management solutions, sustainable living and urban development that are essential to building future smart and sustainable cities in the Philippines.

PE2 member representatives attended the two-day forum.
 

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