This will be the first in a series of civil society consultations evaluating the reallocation of CTF funds from the renewable energy sector to the sustainable transport sector, namely the e-Trike project.
The Philippines CTF Country Investment Plan (CIP) was endorsed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee in December 2009, with an envelope of $250 million in CTF resources to be channeled through the ADB and the World Bank Group.
The original Philippines CTF CIP comprised clean energy and transport sector investments in both the public and private sector. In November 2011, the Government proposed to reallocate funds from public sector renewable energy investments in partnership with ADB (net metering with solar power generation) to investments for sustainable transport (electric vehicles). The overall context for and objectives of the CTF CIP remained the same.
The revised CTF CIP took account of the landscape of solar energy in the Philippines: solar panel prices have dropped and private sector interest have grown. A project of the magnitude initially envisioned by ADB would have resulted in 300 to 400 MW of roof-top solar power, but the Philippine government has capped solar at 50MW over the next three years due to anticipated problems with the transmission network. In addition, the regulatory and technical framework for roof-top solar energy will not be ready for another two years.
Considering that CTF wants to see disbursement of endorsed funds quickly as other countries are competing for the same funds, in the meantime, the Philippine government felt the e-Trike project is a logical alternative, satisfying transportation and energy concerns. The government is committed to electric transport and wishes to develop an e-vehicle sector.
The revised CIP thus reallocated the $125 million originally intended to be used to support the expansion of roof-top solar power generation (with ADB co-financing) to the expanded availability of e-Trikes ($101 million) and to the introduction of energy efficient appliances ($24 million).
Objectives will be, among others, to understand the current state of renewable energy in the Philippines and to clarify the reallocation of CTF resources from renewable energy to sustainable transport, specifically to the e-Trike project.
The organizing steering committee - ADB, Department of Energy (DOE) and groups of NGOs are working together to ensure meaningful consultation. And independent facilitator, Lisa C. Antonio, will lead the consultation.
Lisa C. Antonio is a facilitator, educator and practitioner specialized in sustainability advocate and sustainable development. She previously served as Executive Director, Philippine Business for the Environment, and Philippine representative for Regional Network - World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. She has over 30 years of experience of research, teaching and managing in environmental and sustainable development projects. She holds postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management from Netherlands RVB International Institute of Management.