DOTr, PPA promote use of renewable energy in ports nationwide

MANILA-- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will promote the use of renewable energy in ports across the country to reduce carbon footprints and be par with international maritime standards.

The Green Port project of the PPA is in line with the 25-year port development roadmap adopted by Philippine port stakeholders that also includes plans for cruise shipping, industrial ports/zoning management, long-term infrastructure development, inter-connectivity, and supply chain development.

It is also part of the agency's commitment to the Ambisyon Natin 2040 program of the Duterte administration.

Our international shipping counterparts have already agreed to reduce carbon emissions by a certain percentage in the next decade or so and it is only fitting to do the same in our ports. The initial outlay might be overwhelming but its long-term effect to the financial and environmental conservation outweighs all of that, PPA assistant general manager for operations Hector Miole said in a news release issued Thursday.

The PPA will replace all its fluorescent, incandescent lamps, and bulbs with LED (light-emitting diode) lights in its corporate office building by the middle of this month. It will also make an inventory of streetlights from the South Harbor Expanded Port Zone, access roads going to its vessel traffic management system (VTMS) control tower and PPA offices at the South Harbor and the North Harbor.

It will likewise sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine National Oil Company � Renewable Corp. (PNOC-RC) for the implementation of the project.

Under the proposed MOA, PNOC-RC will provide technical expertise, review and design for the best renewable energy sources to be used by the PPA in bidding out the project. The result of the review is expected to be operational six months from the signing of the MOA.

The PPA, for its part, will determine the initial ports that will join the 'greening' project.

Initially, the PNOC-RC is offering a guaranteed 100-kilowatt solar panel to be installed at the PPA head office, which is enough to cover at least a third of the agency's lighting requirements. The facility, however, will still be connected to the current electric grid system to source out the remaining power requirements of the office.

Source: Philippines News Agency