March 5, 2024

The city government of Baguio declared its commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all sectors.

The declaration is aligned with keeping global heating below 1.5 degrees Celsius as protected by the Paris agreement and required by climate science to avoid catastrophic warming impacts.

“Recognizing the urgency of addressing the cause of climate change and understanding the transitioning to a carbon-free world is not only a responsibility but an opportunity to build sustainable and resilient future for all, the city government of Baguio declares our steadfast support for the global efforts to make the world carbon-free,” Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said.

To actualize this vision, the local government, businesses, communities, and partners stand united in willingness to implement policies to transition towards use of renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, carbon, sequestration, circular resource flows, and nature-based solutions.

“We commit to enhancing energy efficiency across all sectors, including transportation, buildings and industries, through implementing innovative technologies and sustainable practices,” the mayor said.

The mayor said the city will transition towards using electric vehicles and expand public transportation while establishing safe bicycle lanes to promote carbon-free mobility.

In addition, the city will strengthen Baguio’s identity as a walkable city by continuously improving pedestrian infrastructure to reduce transportation emissions.

“We will promote a circular economy, minimize waste, and maximize recycling efforts to shrink the carbon footprint associated with waste management,” the mayor said.

The city government also commits to raising public awareness around carbon reduction and sustainable living, fostering a culture of environmental stewardship among Baguio citizens. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan