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A Decade of Clean Energy Talks

How far have we gone and where are we leading to after a decade of efforts to put together into one room the minds of the government, market stakeholders, technology players, academe, media, development partners and both local and international organizations? Monday, June 14, kicked off the 10th Asia Clean Energy Forum at the ADB grounds in Ortigas, Pasig City. The parade of different nationalities getting themselves registered at ADB …Read More

How do we put more ejeepneys, electric and hybrid buses, and other low-carbon vehicles on the road?

by Reina Garcia Last month, I swapped the cool January days of Tacloban for a couple of even colder January days of Tagaytay for a workshop organized by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). The workshop is one of the first steps to the implementation of a joint project titled “Promotion of Low Carbon Urban Transport Systems in the Philippines”, whose objective is to …Read More

RE-Charge Tacloban: After Typhoon Ruby

With updates from Teddy Arellano and Lottie Salarda in Tacloban City As a response to the power outtages brought about by Typhoon Ruby, iCSC’s solar-powered RE-Charge facility and electric converted multicabs provided free charging services for communities without power since December 9th.

Pinoy jeepney recast for Yolanda victims in Tacloban

By Aurora Quadra-Balibay for Good News Pilipinas, November 10th, 2014 Pinoy Jeepneys, the colourful World War II-style icons known in the country as the King of Philippine roads, have resurfaced in the Visayan wasteland as electric jeepneys (eJeepneys) a year after Tacloban City was hit hard by Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). When the typhoon passed through the Visayan Islands southeast of Manila, the diesel-fed jeepneys were flooded by the storm …Read More

RE-Charging Tacloban with green transport

Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 2, 2014 There is massive potential in using renewable energy to rebuild areas devastated by weather disasters while promoting the concept of “transformational adaptation and resilience.” It is not enough to just cope with global warming. Transforming society, through the pursuit of more sustainable pathways of development, such as with clean energy and transport, will make communities more resilient. Climate change adaptation “needs to be reconceptualized …Read More

Free ride! Free ride!

By Prune Irolla and Mathieu Bonvoisin Only one week after our arrival, and four months after iCSC broke ground for the RE-Charge project in Tacloban, the ejeepney free ride was launched: four  electric jeepneys were available and offered free rides to Tacloban’s commuters for free during one week in the city. The main purpose of this communication action was to make people aware of this new kind of jeepney, showing …Read More

Discussions over an Avocado Smoothie

I recently had a meal with Rei Panaligan from Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an NGO that works on protecting communities from the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining.  His current work however, is with a  program that aims to provide livelihood opportunities to the people particularly affected by Yolanda.  The meal was washed down with an avocado smoothie which was absolutely delicious (in case you were wondering).  But what is far …Read More

From the solar capital to downtown Tacloban

The first thing people ask after meeting me is, ‘Of all the places in the world… how did you end up in the Philippines?’ While this isn’t an easy question to answer in a couple of sentences, I believe it comes down to my passion for creating social and environmental change. Originating from Australia (currently not the world’s most environmentally-minded country) I moved to Germany in search of greener pastures …Read More

Four things you didn’t know about post-Yolanda Tacloban

Tacloban City—Yolanda, Yolanda, Yolanda. In Tacloban, it’s still what people talk about. Yolanda remains a household word, an explanation, a prompt, and a meme—if you will—outside the Internet, offline, IRL. After all, the world’s strongest typhoon on record has changed the Eastern Visayas capitol in ways both profound and mundane. Below is a list of things you may want to know about the city seven months after Yolanda decimated it. …Read More