Mandaue City vies for APEC Low Carbon Model Town award

CAPTION: MANDAUE WELCOME. Dancers welcome APEC delegates at the Mandaue City Hall. (Photo from the official APEC2015 website)

For its clear targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and address air pollution and traffic congestion, Mandaue City is one of three contenders for the Low Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Award.

The winner of the Asia Pacific-Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group’s LCMT Project will be announced during the 12th Energy Ministers Meeting in Cebu this October, according to a press statement from the Department of Energy (DOE).

“We are constantly looking for potential LCMT candidates and it impresses me to find Mandaue City with such a comprehensive plan involving land use, green building, and transportation,” said Energy Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson, the Philippine Senior Official on Energy (SOE) leader.

Other contenders for the LCMT award are Krasnoyarsk City in Russia and Subang Jaya in Malaysia.

The statement added that the winner is entitled to receive technical assistance, such as a feasibility study, to help them come up with ways to implement their low carbon plans.

LCMT winners

Ayson cited Mandaue City for its plan to develop green growth areas and interconnect them and the ordinance it is crafting to ensure disaster-resilient buildings.

Mandaue City is one of three highly-urbanized cities in Cebu and forms part of the metropolitan area. It is known as the “furniture capital of the Philippines,” according to DOE.

It added that the LCMT Project has helped encourage communities within the Asia-Pacific Region to implement initiatives that promote low carbon technologies, which in turn helped them manage increased energy use and mitigate the adverse effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

Da Nang in Vietnam and Samui Island in Thailand were among previous winners.

Danang came up with an innovative system of electric motorbikes and charging facilities.

Samui Island, on the other hand, received support in the use of solar, wind, and small hydro to generate power and electric vehicles for transportation. It was aided in its reforestation and forest protection programs. Among the green technologies adapted by Samui: solar water heaters, solar panels on rooftops, generating biomass power from kitchen waste, natural cooling strategies.