April 16, 2021
Nearly four years after it ratified the Paris climate agreement, the Philippines finally submitted its first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), a self-determined commitment for reducing global warming pollution. Under this document, the country officially pledges to reduce and avoid greenhouse gas emissions by 75% for 2020-2030, through its agriculture, waste, industry, transport, and energy sectors. These mitigation actions would enhance its resilience and adaptive capacity, with conditional support for implementing said measures.
We reiterate our call for clarification regarding the calculation of the share of unconditional and conditional commitments in the NDC. We further urge all stakeholders to work together for higher ambitions which concretely align with 1.5°C aspirations.
Aksyon Klima Pilipinas recognizes the much-awaited submission of the NDC as a key step in the nation’s pursuit of climate justice and sustainable development. Nonetheless, the Philippine government, in strong partnership with non-government stakeholders, must translate the inscribed words into action, to enforce key policies and measures to strengthen climate change mitigation and adaptation, uphold social justice, and avert or minimize loss and damage, and secure the means of implementation necessary to realize the vision of a climate-resilient, inclusive, and sustainable Philippines.
(Please refer to our previous statement on the draft NDC for context and further details.)