July 23, 2024

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the city government has committed to reduce carbon emissions in Baguio by 2030 and achieve a ‘Net Zero’ in greenhouse gases by 2050 which means the amount produced and sequestered, when totaled would amount to zero.

Greenhouse gases raise the surface temperature of the Earth that causes global warming and climate change, according to a geological website.

To achieve net zero, Magalong said the city has been aggressive in pushing for the public utility jeepney modernization program being the first local government unit to express interest in establishing a low carbon urban transport system. 

Another is the city government’s ongoing urban forest management program which includes tree planting activities and ensuring their survival through regular care and upkeep.

He said the city is also rehabilitating its sewerage system with a $50 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since it currently produces so much greenhouse gases because it is dirty and not being cleaned properly with waste water being dumped into the system.

Being pursued aggressively by the city is the waste-to-energy project that has become a Baguio, La Trinidad, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay Development Authority project where a waste-to-energy plant will be erected in Sablan, Benguet, Magalong said.

He said when completed, this is where the city’s garbage will be dumped instead of in a landfill which produces methane gas that is 38 times more destructive than carbon.

These and other programs are in line with his administration’s thrust to revitalize the city’s environment as part of its seven-point core agenda. – Gaby B. Keith