Philippines department requests coal plant permit freeze

Business World Online, September 17, 2015

The Environment department has asked the Department of Energy (DoE) to stop granting permits for new coal-fired plants, in order to reduce emissions and cut the country’s dependence on coal.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said yesterday that he wrote a letter to the DoE seeking a halt to approvals for coal-fired projects …

Mr. Paje made the remark in response to a question by Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd district) over the continued issuance of environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) to coal plants. “You’ve already granted so many (ECCs), and because we need now, as we look at the future, each one of us should prevent the further production of greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr. Rodriguez said.

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