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Gov't pushes for R&D on renewables‏

MANILA, June 28 — Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras has underscored the need for greater research and development (R&D) on renewable energy (RE) in the recently concluded Vienna Energy Forum (VEF).

In his ministerial statement, Almendras, as panelist in one of the forum’s sessions, stated that developed countries have a crucial role in pursuing a "green" economy.

"We call on developed countries to provide the necessary funding and technologies for green industries especially for those which we could not develop on our own. Let us work hand in hand at developing and building economically viable solutions to address our unique green industry needs," he said.

"Renewable energy (i.e., geothermal, hydro, biomass, solar and wind) accounts for 27.2 percent of the total primary energy mix. With the inclusion of natural gas, the Philippines green power generation stands at 55.1 percent. We have achieved this forum’s goal of 30 percent green energy," he added.

Almendras further said the Philippines "will not stop here, the development of our green energy sector continues," adding that RE could help bring about energy access for all as the government is looking at RE as a means for providing energy access to the remaining 27 percent of the population who have no access to electricity.

The Department of Energy recently launched the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) which will serves as a roadmap for the country’s renewable energy plans and development.

Through the NREP, the DOE seeks to triple the existing renewable energy generation which stands at around 5,400 MW as of 2010.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) to facilitate international dialogue on providing universal energy access and increasing energy efficiency. The VEF was attended by heads of state, policy-makers, experts, civil society and private sector representatives.

The Ministerial Meeting on Energy and Green Industry held parallel to the VEF was conducted in preparation for the 10th year anniversary of the Earth Summit to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012. (PNA)

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