LGUs actively preparing community-wide GHG inventories with CEnergy support
MARCH 2012
 
 
 
 

LGU participants responding quickly to answer impromptu quizzes during the workshop.

 

Marco Buttazzoni (left) and Mike Burnett (right) lead the community-level training workshops
Marco Buttazzoni (left) and Mike Burnett (right) lead the community-level training workshops

The Santa Rosa GHG Team take on some practice computations
The Santa Rosa GHG Team take on some practice computations

A participant from the Provincial Government of Aurora shares their workshop computation to the group
A participant from the Provincial Government of Aurora shares their workshop computation to the group

Mike Burnett assists the Batangas GHG Team during the exercises
Mike Burnett assists the Batangas GHG Team during the exercises

The GHG Team of Bay consults with Marco Buttazzoni on one of the workshop exercises
The GHG Team of Bay consults with Marco Buttazzoni on one of the workshop exercises

 
LGU participants responding quickly to answer impromptu quizzes during the workshop.
 
 

After the series of trainings on the preparation of community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, participating local government units (LGUs) are actively preparing their respective inventories. As such, USAID-funded Climate Change and Clean Energy Project (CEnergy) continues its technical assistance to the LGUs’ GHG Teams through constant remote mentoring, face-to-face meetings and providing updates on the progress of each team’s work.

The GHG Teams from the cities of Makati (Metro Manila), San Juan (Metro Manila), Batangas (Batangas), Santa Rosa (Laguna) and the municipality of Sta. Cruz (Laguna) have undergone rigorous training on preparing their community-wide GHG emissions inventory last March 21 to 23, 2012 at Pontefino Hotel in Batangas City. This was followed by the group from Quezon City (Metro Manila), Aurora Province, Asturias Municipality (Cebu), Bay (Laguna) and Kalayaan (Laguna) whose training was held last March 27 to 29, 2012 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Makati City. 58 representatives attended both training sessions.

CEnergy fielded experts from the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute to conduct the trainings. Mr. Marco Buttazzoni and Mr. Mike Burnett discussed the climate change initiatives at the international level, the basics of community-level inventory preparation and the so-called Geographic Plus approach in community-wide GHG accounting. The Geographic Plus approach includes direct emissions within the geopolitical boundaries of the LGUs, indirect emissions from purchased electricity, and emissions from wastes either placed in waste storage facilities outside or within the LGU boundaries. The GHG experts likewise introduced the different data requirements, data sources and gathering strategies. The experts also taught the participants about the different sectors that should be included in a community-wide inventory, following that of the sectors included in the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines.

As part of the discussions, the participants identified the data gaps and data-gathering challenges in their jurisdiction. As a response, those data gaps identified were addressed by their mentors together with the inventory teams themselves. It was agreed that each team would be coordinating with their respective city, municipal and provincial government agencies and CEnergy will assist in coordinating with national government agencies for other data requirements of the LGUs.  In addition, as community inventories will need household and industrial data, a survey will be conducted. CEnergy will assist the LGUs by tapping a professional survey firm to design a survey instrument. Subsequently, the GHG teams will be oriented and familiarized with the survey instrument. The LGUs will also involve a number of student interns in conducting the survey. The GHG Teams intend that by July 2012, each of them is already prepared to present their initial inventories among their local coaches and GHG experts from the US.

In line with the preparation of their respective inventories, the LGU representatives intend to use such inventories as an input in preparing their respective GHG Management Plans. CEnergy is likewise prepared to provide technical assistance to them as part of the project’s climate change mitigation agenda.

Follow-up meetings

A little over a month after the community-level GHG inventory workshops were conducted, CEnergy facilitated a follow-up meeting with the LGUs.  LGU representatives from Santa Rosa City, Quezon City, Makati City and San Juan City met last May 2, 2012 at the Conference Hall of the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Division Office of Quezon City to consult with CEnergy and to share their progress reports.  On the other hand, the Municipality of Bay hosted a similar consultation meeting and discussed their initial works together with Sta. Cruz and Kalayaan last May 3, 2012.  The GHG Teams of Asturias and the Provincial Government of Aurora continue updating CEnergy through email-facilitated discussions.

During the cluster meetings, CEnergy also presented updates about the survey instruments and spreadsheets for computations. CEnergy discussed four spreadsheets for the computation of emissions for Stationary and Mobile Energy, Agriculture Sector and the Industry Sector. CEnergy also presented sample survey forms for the mobile and stationary emission sources. CEnergy also discussed with the GHG Teams their other specific concerns.

CEnergy and the GHG Teams will set another cluster meeting with the LGUs and continue updating each other about their data gathering and computations.  Most of the LGUs set their target date of completing the basic data requirements and the initial computations by June 2012.  The GHG Teams are optimistic that their report will be ready by July 2012 when they undergo training and writeshops for their GHG Management Planning.

 

 

 
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